The 2023 Formula One United States Grand Prix commences this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, marking the 19th round of the season. This event is the second of three races scheduled to take place in the United States this season, heralding the beginning of an American triple-header that will also include races in Las Vegas and Mexico City in the weeks to come.
The Circuit of the Americas, boasting a 3.4-mile track encompassing 20 challenging corners, stands as one of the premier circuits on the Formula One calendar. Notably, it was meticulously designed with Formula One racing in mind, and some of its corners pay homage to those found on historic and contemporary F1 tracks. Distinguishing itself from other circuits, it offers a blend of both fast and slow corners, presenting a formidable test for both teams and drivers alike.
For this weekend’s Grand Prix, Pirelli has designated its mid-range tire compounds: the C2 as the white hard, the C3 as the yellow medium, and the C4 as the red soft.
This year’s U.S. Grand Prix promises to be particularly captivating, as it features an additional Sprint race on Saturday followed by the main race on Sunday. Notably, the Sprint race now functions as a standalone event rather than a qualifying session for the main race, with championship points at stake for both drivers and teams. This unique format led to Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing clinching the 2023 Drivers’ title before the main race in Qatar.
While the Drivers’ title may already be decided, the battle for second place remains fiercely contested, and there are still opportunities for records to be shattered. Max Verstappen, who secured victory at the Qatar round, notched his 14th win of the season, positioning him to potentially surpass his own record of 15 wins in a single season, achieved last year, with five races remaining on the calendar. In the struggle for second place, there is a mere 30-point gap separating Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in second and Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Lewis Hamilton in third.
As the weekend unfolds, Verstappen leads the 2023 Drivers’ Championship with an insurmountable 433 points, followed by Perez with 224 points and Hamilton with 194 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull has already been crowned the champion following the Japanese Grand Prix, amassing a total of 623 points. Mercedes holds second place with 305 points, while Ferrari sits in third with 285 points. Last year’s victor in Texas was Max Verstappen, driving for the Red Bull team.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2023 US Grand Prix
What is the significance of the 2023 US Grand Prix in the Formula One calendar?
The 2023 US Grand Prix holds importance as it marks the 19th round of the Formula One World Championship. It is the second of three races scheduled in the United States this season and initiates an American triple-header with races in Las Vegas and Mexico City.
What sets the Circuit of the Americas apart from other F1 circuits?
The Circuit of the Americas stands out due to its meticulous design tailored for Formula One racing. It features a challenging 3.4-mile track with 20 corners, some reminiscent of iconic F1 circuits. Its unique combination of fast and slow corners poses a significant challenge for both teams and drivers.
What tire compounds are provided by Pirelli for the 2023 US Grand Prix?
Pirelli has nominated its mid-range tire compounds for this event: the C2 as the white hard, the C3 as the yellow medium, and the C4 as the red soft.
How does the format of the 2023 US Grand Prix differ from previous years?
This year’s Grand Prix includes an additional Sprint race on Saturday, followed by the main race on Sunday. The Sprint race now stands as a standalone event, offering championship points for both drivers and teams. This format allowed Max Verstappen to secure the 2023 Drivers’ title before the main race in Qatar.
What records and battles should fans watch for in this Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen is on track to potentially surpass his own record of 15 wins in a single season, having achieved 14 wins so far this year. Additionally, a fierce battle for second place in the Drivers’ Championship remains, with only 30 points separating Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in second from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in third.
More about 2023 US Grand Prix
- Formula One Official Website
- Circuit of the Americas Official Website
- Pirelli Motorsport Official Website
- Max Verstappen’s Official Profile
- 2023 Formula One Season Overview
- 2023 US Grand Prix Preview
- Sprint Race Format Changes