2019 United States Grand Prix

Race Winner
Country
United States
Circuit
Round
19
Laps
56
Pole
Fastest Lap
Leclerc , 1m 36.169s
2019 Season
Past Results

Lewis Hamilton hadn’t realised that he’d knocked the cover off his brake bias switch on his first Q3 run. It’s on the side of the steering wheel and normally he doesn’t actually change the setting much during the Austin lap. But he was puzzled that he was getting a bit of rear instability under braking. So he started moving it forward. But without the cover, unbeknown to him, it kept winding itself rearwards on his second run. That’s essentially why he qualified fifth.

He was never going to win the race from there, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the only other car as quick as Lewis’s, starting from pole. Bottas is in fine form at the moment and to put three cars between him and Hamilton and expect the latter to win wasn’t realistic. But Hamilton didn’t see it that way, which is part of why he’s the multiple champion he is. “The whole time I was focusing only on where I was in relation to Valtteri.”

He’d cleared two of those three cars between him and his quarry – both of them Ferraris – before the race was eight corners old. But that still left Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in the way. “I wasn’t interested in my gap to the car in second,” explained Hamilton. “I wanted to win.”

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Austin (COTA)

Country

United States

Location

Travis County, Texas

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.426 (Miles)

Record

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari SF90), 1m36.169, 128.249 mph, F1, 2019

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