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Austin 2022! Everything you need to know...

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

This post will be updated over the weekend.


Welcome to the 2nd US Grand Prix, now at Austin! We go to COTA (Circuit of The Americas) which has been apart of the Formula 1 calendar since 2012.


Excitingly, we are seeing a LOT of new faces for F1 during FP1 as teams fulfill their requirements to allow young drivers to try driving a F1 car. These include Logan Sargeant for Williams, Theo Pouchaire for Alfa Romeo, Alex Palou for McLaren, Antonio Giovinazzi for Haas, and Robert Schwartzman for Ferrari.

 

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Austin Schedule

About The Track

Free Practice Updates

Qualifying Updates

Pre-race Penalties

The Race

Any Other News

Championship Standings

 

Austin Schedule (BST):


Friday 21st October 2022:

Free Practice 1: 20:00-21:00

Free Practice 2: 23:00-00:30


Saturday 22nd October 2022:

Free Practice 3: 20:00-21:00

Qualifying: 23:00-00:00


Sunday 23rd October 2022:

The Race: 20:00-22:00

 

About The Track:


  • Used since 2012, this season marks 10 years of COTA being apart of the catalog of circuits at F1's disposal.

  • It's a home race for the Haas team.

  • The race will have 56 laps of the 5.513km circuit.

  • The lap record was set by Charles Leclerc in 2019 at 1:36.169.


Image taken from official F1 website

 

Free Practice Updates:


Free Practice 1


Time by Teams -


Alfa Romeo

  • Theo Pourchaire driving Valtteri Bottas' car: P18. 1:40.175. Completed 19 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P12. 1:38.276. Completed 20 laps.

AlphaTauri

  • Pierre Gasly: P8. 1:37.810. Completed 23 laps.

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P14. 1:38.898. Completed 22 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P11. 1:38.102. Completed 23 laps.

  • Fernando Alonso: P6. 1:37.713. Completed 24 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Sebastian Vettel: P10. 1:38.041. Completed 24 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P4. 1:37.460. Completed 23 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P1. 1:36.857. Completed 18 laps.

  • Robert Schwartzman driving Charles Leclerc's car: P16.


Haas

  • Mick Schumacher: P15. 1:38.922. Completed 20 laps.

  • Antonio Giovinazzi driving Kevin Magnussen's car: P20. 1:43.063. Completed 4 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P9. 1:37.856. Completed 22 laps.

  • Alex Palou driving Daniel Ricciardo's car: P17. 1:39.911. Completed 21 laps.

Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P3. 1:37.322. Completed 19 laps.

  • George Russell: P7. 1:37.802. Completed 22 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P2. 1:37.081. Completed 14 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P5. 1:37.515. Completed 18 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P13. 1:38.422. Completed 20 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant driving Nicholas Latifi's car: P19. 1:40.325. Completed 22 laps.


OVERALL RANKINGS FOR FP1:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:36.857

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:37.081

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:37.332

4

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:37.460

5

Sergio Perez

​Red Bull

1:37.515

6

Fernando Alonso

Alpine

1:37.713

7

George Russell

Mercedes

1:37.802

8

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

1:37.810

9

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:37.856

10

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

1:38.041

11

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:38.102

12

​Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:38.276

13

Alex Albon

WIlliams

1:38.422

14

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:38.898

15

Mick Schumacher

Haas

1:38.922

16

Robert Schwartzman

Ferrari

1:38.951

17

​Alex Palou

McLaren

1:39.911

18

Theo Pourchaire

Alfa Romeo

1:40.175

19

Logan Sargeant

Williams

1:40.325

20

Antonio Giovinazzi

Haas

1:43.063

Free Practice 2


Time by Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P2. 1:37.525. Completed 37 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P14. 1:40.664. Completed 26 laps.

AlphaTauri

  • Pierre Gasly: P9. 1:39.840. Completed 26 laps.

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P12. 1:40.178. Completed 26 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P16. 1:41.310. Completed 26 laps.

  • Fernando Alonso: P17. 1:41.334. Completed 26 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Sebastian Vettel: P19. 1:41.857. Completed 26 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P15. 1:40.806. Completed 26 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P4. 1:38.232. Completed 26 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P1. 1:36.810. Completed 36 laps.


Haas

  • Mick Schumacher: P5. 1:39.507. Completed 26 laps.

  • Kevin Magnussen: P11. 1:40.084. Completed 24 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P6. 1:39.547. Completed 26 laps.

  • Daniel Ricciardo: P3. 1:37.627. Completed 40 laps.

Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P8. 1:39.698. Completed 26 laps.

  • George Russell: P13. 1:40.562. Completed 26 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P7. 1:39.575. Completed 26 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P10. 1:39.852. Completed 26 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P18. 1:41.853. Completed 26 laps.

  • Nicholas Latifi: P20. 1:42.317. Completed 26 laps.


OVERALL RANKING OF FP2:

​Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:36.810

2

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:37.525

3

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

1:37.627

4

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:38.232

5

Mick Schumacher

Haas

1:39.507

6

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:39.547

7

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:39.575

8

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:39.698

9

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

1:39.840

10

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:39.852

11

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:40.084

12

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:40.178

13

George Russell

Mercedes

1:40.562

14

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1::40.664

15

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:40.806

16

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:41.310

17

Fernando Alonos

Alpine

1:41.334

18

Alex Albon

Williams

1:41.853

19

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

1:41.857

20

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

1:42.317


Free Practice 3 -


Time by Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P11. 1:37.310. Completed 22 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P20. 1:39.735. Completed 3 laps.

AlphaTauri

  • Pierre Gasly: P10. 1:37.290. Completed 17 laps.

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P16. 1:37.888. Completed 18 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P13. 1:37.468. Completed 17 laps.

  • Fernando Alonso: P6. 1:36.928. Completed 13 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Sebastian Vettel: P8. 1:37.151. Completed 18 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P9. 1:37.215. Completed 19 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P3. 1:36.271. Completed 24 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P2. 1:36.145. Completed 17 laps.


Haas

  • Mick Schumacher: P19. 1:38.132. Completed 3 laps. (Suffered ERS water pump issues and so had to return to pits for repairs).

  • Kevin Magnussen: P14. 1:37.519. Completed 20 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P12. 1:37.449. Completed 18 laps.

  • Daniel Ricciardo: P15. 1:37.622. Completed 15 laps.

Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P5. 1:36.401. Completed 16 laps.

  • George Russell: P7. 1:37.064. Completed 20 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:35.825. Completed 21 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P4. 1:36.397. Completed 19 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P17. 1:37.904. Completed 17 laps.

  • Nicholas Latifi: P18. 1:38.028. Completed 17 laps.


OVERALL RANKING FP3:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:35.825

2

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:36.145

3

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:36.271

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:36.397

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:36.401

6

Fernando Alonso

Alpine

1:36.928

7

George Russell

Mercedes

1:36.064

8

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

1:37.064

9

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:37.151

10

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

1:37.215

11

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:37.290

12

Lando Norris

​McLaren

1:37.310

13

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:37.449

14

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:37.468

15

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

1:37.519

16

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:37.622

17

Alexander Albon

Williams

1:37.888

18

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

1:37.904

19

Mick Schumacher

Haas

1:38.028

20

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:39.735

 

Qualifying Updates:


Eliminated in Q1 -


Kevin Magnussen

Daniel Ricciardio

Esteban Ocon

Mick Schumacher

Nicholas Latifi



Eliminated in Q2 -


Yuki Tsunoda

Zhou Guanyu

Alex Albon

Pierre Gasly

Sebastian Vettel



Through to Q3 -


Valtteri Bottas

Charles Leclerc

Lando Norris

Max Verstappen

Carlos Sainz

George Russell

Lewis Hamilton

Sergio Perez




OVERALL RESULT OF QUALIFYING:


*this does not take into account any penalties, final starting grid can be found under 'The Race' section*


The time listed shows the driver's fastest qualifying lap for their respective final qualifying sessions. Blue is for Q3, red is for Q2, and no background colour is Q1. For the driver's times for Q1, Q2, Q3, see below in 'Qualifying Results by Team'


Postion

Driver

Team

Time

1

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:34.356

2

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:34.421

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:34.448

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:34.645

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:34.947

6

George Russell

Mercedes

1:34.988

7

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:35.598

8

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:35.690

9

Fernando Alonso

Alpine

1:35.876

10

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:36.319

11

Alex Albon

Williams

1:36.368

12

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

1:36.398

13

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

1:36.740

14

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:36.970

15

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:37.147

16

Kevin Magussen

Haas

1:36.949

17

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

1:37.046

18

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:37.068

19

Mick Schumacher

Haas

1:37.111

20

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

1:37.244

Qualifying Results by Team -


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P10. Q1 = 1:36.746. Q2 = 1:36.321. Q3 = 1:36.319

  • Zhou Guanyu: P14. Q1 = 1:36.656. Q2 = 1:36.970

AlphaTauri

  • Pierre Gasly: P13. Q1 = 1:36.577. Q2 = 1:36.740

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P15. Q1 = 1:36.808. Q2 = 1:37.147


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P18. Q1 = 1:37.068

  • Fernando Alonso: P9. Q1 = 1:36.446. Q2 = 1:36.988. Q3 = 1:35.876


Aston Martin

  • Sebastian Vettel: P12. Q1 = 1:36.695. Q2 = 1:36.398

  • Lance Stroll: P7. Q1 = 1:36.860. Q2 = 1:36.032. Q3 = 1:35.598


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P1. Q1 = 1:35.297. Q2 = 1:35.590. Q3 = 1:34.356

  • Charles Leclerc: P2. Q1 = 1:35.795. Q2 = 1:35.246. Q3 = 1:34.421


Haas

  • Mick Schumacher: P19. Q1 = 1:37.111

  • Kevin Magnussen: P16. Q1 = 1:36.949


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P8. Q1 = 1:36.465. Q2 = 1:36.341. Q3 = 1:35.690

  • Daniel Ricciardo: P17. Q1 = 1:37.046

Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P5. Q1 = 1:36.148. Q2 = 1:35.732. Q3 = 1:34.947

  • George Russell: P6. Q1 = 1:36.195. Q2 = 1:35.692. Q3 = 1:34.988


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P3. Q1 = 1:35.864. Q2 = 1:35.294. Q3 = 1:34.448

  • Sergio Perez: P4. Q1 = 1:36.163. Q2 = 1:35.864. Q3 = 1:34.645


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P11. Q1 = 1:36.932. Q2 = 1:36.368

  • Nicholas Latifi: P20. Q1 = 1:37.244

 

Pre-race Penalties:


It's been nice having a few races without any penalties, but alas, it couldn't last forever. So far, 4 drivers will take penalties:


  • Charles Leclerc: 10 place grid penalty for having another Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) fitted (this is his 6th of the season, with 3 being the limit), and the sixth of three allocated turbochargers.

  • Fernando Alonso: 5 place grid penalty for having a 6th ICE fitted to his car.

  • Zhou Guanyu: 5 place grid drop for having a new ICE fitted on Friday.

  • Sergio Perez: 5 place grid drop for having a new ICE fitted on Friday.

  • Esteban Ocon: Has to start from the pits as car was modified in parc ferme (additional power unit added).

  • Yuki Tsunoda: 5 place grid penalty for additional number-restricted components being used.


 

The Race:


Starting Grid


Position

Driver

Team

1

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

4

George Russell

Mercedes

5

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

6

Lando Norris

McLaren

7

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

8

Alex Albon

Williams

9

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

10

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

11

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

12

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

13

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

14

Fernando Alonso

Alpine

15

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

16

Mick Schumacher

Haas

17

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

18

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

19

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

PITS

Esteban Ocon

Alpine


Fastest Lap -

George Russell = 1:38.788


Race Updates -


Lap 1 - Verstappen gets away best, overtaking Ssainz. Sainz is knocked by Russell leading to a spin. Sainz has to retire. Russell given a 5 second penalty.

Lap 7 - Perez overtakes Stroll into P4, but he is missing his front right end plate.

Lap 13-16: Hamilton, Verstappen, and Russell pit on consecutive laps. Russell is comes out P8 after serving his penalty.

Lap 18 - Bottas spun out, another safety car deployed.

Lap 19 - Leclerc and Vettel pit under safety car.

Lap 21 - Just as the safety car ends, it is recalled as Alonso and Stroll make contact, leaving stroll spinning out with severed damage to the car and Alonso up in the air.

Lap 26 - Race restarts. P1 = Verstappen, P2 = Hamilton, P3 = Perez

Lap 29 - Perez and Leclerc battle for P3

Lap 30 - Leclerc brilliantly overtakes and is into P3. Schumacher P10 in the fight for P7 with Gasley, Tsunoda, and Norris

Lap 35 - Hamilton pits and emerges P6

Lap 36 - Vertsappen pits, but it's an 11 second pit stop, and he comes out behind Hamilton and Leclerc

Lap 38/39 - A great tussle between the Ferrari and Red Bull, with Verstappen succesful in his overtake

Lap 42 - Vettel, who had been leading the race for a good few laps, has a slow pit and loses many positions

Lap 46 - Hamilton leads, but Verstappen is closing in on him

Lap 50 - An amazing battle between Hamilton and Verstappen, but Verstappen manages to overtake and takes the lead

Lap 53 - Hamilton is in DRS range but Verstappen defends brilliantly

Lap 56 - Verstappen takes the win (his 13th this season), matching Micheal Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for most race wins in a season.



Race Results -


Position

Driver

Team

Gap

Pit Stops

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

2

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+5.023

2

3

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+7.501

2

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+8.293

2

5

George Russell

Mercedes

+44.815

2

6

Lando Norris

McLaren

+53.785

2

7

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

+1:05.354

2

8

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1:05.834

1

9

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1:10.919

2

10

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+1:12.875

2

11

Alex Albon

Williams

+1:15.057

2

12

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1:16.164

2

13

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

+1:21.763

2

14

Mick Schumacher

Haas

+1:24.490

2

15*

Fernando Alonso*

Alpine

+1:25.078

2

16

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

+1:30.487

2

17

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

+1:43.588

2

*Fernando Alonso had originally placed 7th with at 55.078 second gap to the race leader. However, after the race, the FIA applied a 30 second penalty for driving whilst his car was in an 'unsafe condition' as one of his mirrors had come off after a collision, however they were never given a black and orange flag during the race to tell them to pit.


**Alonso has since (28/10/22) had his penalty retracted and his position in P7 reinstated.



DNFs -


Lance Stroll - Aston Martin

Valtteri Bottas - Alfa Romeo

Carlos Sainz - Ferrari


Driver of the Day - Sebastian Vettel (so well deserved, very unfortunate with his pit stop!)

 

Any Other News:

  • Haas announced their title sponsor for 2023 (MoneyGram) in a multi-year deal.

  • Logan Sargeant announced as Williams' second driver for the 2023 season as long as he has enough points for his super licence by the end of this season.

  • Red Bull have now secured their first constructor's championship since 2013!

 

Championship Standings:


World Driver Championship


Position

Driver

Points

1

Max Verstappen

291

2

Charles Leclerc

267

3

Sergio Perez

265

4

George Russell

218

5

Carlos Sainz

202

6

Lewis Hamilton

198

7

Lando Norris

109

8

Esteban Ocon

79

9

Fernando Alonso

65

10

Valtteri

46

11

Sebastian Vettel

38

12

Daniel Ricciardo

29

13

Kevin Magnussen

26

14

Pierre Gasly

23

15

Lance Stroll

13

16

Yuki Tsunoda

13

17

Mick Schumacher

12

18

Zhou Guanyu

6

19

Alex Albon

4

20

Nicholas Latifi

2

21

Nyck De Vries

2

22

Nico Hulkenburg

0


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