After an exciting and wet weekend in Japan, where Max Verstappen won the world title for the second time in his career, we settled into Austin after a week off for the US Grand Prix. Is another wet race predicted or are we going to keep it dry next weekend?
The Japanese Grand Prix is one to remember. At the circuit of Suzuka, Verstappen managed to take his biggest lead in the championship for the world title, so he comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas as the world champion. Verstappen won the most thrilling race here last year. The world champion took an important step towards his first title, crossing the line by one second from his title rival.
A circuit is a type. Hermann Dilke’s design was inspired by well-known arches from other circuits. For example, turns 3 to 6 are reminiscent of Silverstone’s famous Magots and Becketts, while turns 7 and 8 are based on the Senna-S at Interlagos. According to many drivers, the first section is fast and exciting, while the second and third sections are a bit slower and require more technique from the helmsmen. The 10th turn is also an interesting one. Drivers get there at full speed at a point where the track seems to end on the way up. Riders suddenly start a section there, so it is also known as ‘the end of the world’.
After a chaotic and wet weekend in Japan, drivers and mechanics will surely be looking forward to a dry and calm race weekend. If so, they will be issued as per the first weather forecast. It now looks like we will be experiencing warmer temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius over the weekend. At the weekend, the heat is easing a bit. The sun is still high and clear in the sky on Friday, and some clouds will slow down on Saturday, which will continue on Sunday. No chance of rain.
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