That was another satisfying weekend for the Mercedes AMG Motorsport team! The utterly dominant outfit in the hybrid era clinched another one-two finish in 2019 at a weekend when Lewis Hamilton could secure his sixth world title, erasing even the slim mathematical chances for his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the hunt for the championship crown.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have made it a perfect party for Mercedes AMG F1 by finishing 1-2 at Circuit Of The Americas near Austin. As Verstappen completes the podium, Hamilton is now certain of a 6th World Championship.
Despite setting the pace on Friday, Lewis Hamilton failed to find the sweetspot of his Mercedes W10 in the qualifying session for today’s United States Grand Prix. In contrast to the Briton, his teammate Valtteri Bottas narrowly beat his rival to take his 11th career F1 pole position after struggling in Friday’s practices.
After an uncomfortably long pole-less spell, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport regained their one-lap pace in yesterday’s qualifying session for the United States Grand Prix to end Scuderia Ferrari’s run of six consecutive pole positions. In an extremely closely contested qualifying session, it was Valtteri Bottas who came out on top by setting a new lap record.
It's Valtteri Bottas on pole position for the United States GP tomorrow at COTA, as the Finn was fastest in today's qualifying session. Vettel and Verstappen had to settle for second and third, despite being within a tenth of Bottas's stunning lap.
Max Verstappen was fastest in the final practice session at Circuit Of The Americas (COTA), with Ferrari's Vettel his closest competitor, little more than two tenths slower than the Red Bull driver.
Friday practice results suggested that at the weekend when he can claim his sixth world title, Lewis Hamilton seems to have the best pace both over the single qualifying lap and in race trim. Setting the benchmark with a lap time of 1m33.232, no other driver could get near that time of the championship leader.
As temperatures rose to a comfortable 24°C after the chilly morning session, it was Lewis Hamilton who was the fastest man on track, topping Charles Leclerc by 3 tenths.
Max Verstappen led the first practice session at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), topping Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate Alex Albon.
Renault F1 Team has announced a restructuring of its aerodynamics department ahead of the 2020 season as it continues to strengthen its organisation for the challenge and opportunity offered by the 2021 regulations.