NB: This article is about the 2018 US Grand Prix. You can click here for details about the 2019 US Grand Prix at Circuit Of The Americas between November 1 and November 3.
Lewis Hamilton bids to clinch a fifth F1 Drivers’ Championship at this weekend’s US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
The British driver has surged 67 points clear in the title race with four consecutive race victories in Italy, Singapore, Russia and Japan while title rival Sebastian Vettel has fallen away alarmingly.
Now if Hamilton wins in Texas and Ferrari ace Vettel finishes any worse than second, Hamilton will be crowned world champion yet again.
Here is a guide to all you need to now about the upcoming weekend at the Circuit Of The Americas – including details of how to watch the race on TV and the latest betting odds.
What time does the US Grand Prix start?
The start times for the US Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday October 19, 1000 local time (1600 BST, 1100 ET)
Practice 2: Friday October 19, 1400 local time (2000 BST, 1500 ET)
Practice 3: Saturday October 20, 1300 local time (1900 BST, 1400 ET)
Qualifying: Saturday October 20, 1600 local time (2200 BST, 1700 ET)
Race: Sunday October 21, 1310 local time (1910 BST, 1410 ET)
Where does the US Grand Prix take place?
The Circuit of The Americas, or COTA as it is affectionately known, is the first purpose-built F1 facility in the United States and lies in Travis County, Texas, near Austin.
The original design of the 5.5km-long circuit was the brainchild of promoter Tavo Hellmund and former motorcycling World Champion Kevin Schwantz with Herman Tilke adding the finishing touches.
COTA, which runs anti-clockwise and has an elevation change of 41 metres, can host more than 120,000 spectators on a Formula One race day and also boasts state of the art multi-purpose venues.
Back to F1 and the 20-turn circuit finds itself with a steep, uphill run into the hairpin Turn 1 with the fast-flowing Turns 3 through 6 very similar to Silverstone’s high-speed Maggotts/Becketts.
Sunday’s race will be run over 56 laps.
Where can I watch the US Grand Prix on TV?
US Grand Prix weekend – including the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. It will also be aired live by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The US Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
France: Canal +
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the US Grand Prix?
Friday October 19: 19C, showers.
Saturday October 20: 20C, showers.
Sunday October 21: 21C, mostly cloudy.
Which drivers have won the US Grand Prix?
The race has been run at COTA since 2012, and past winners are:
2012 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2013 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2014 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2016 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2017 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Track Lap Record: 1:39.347 by Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, 2012)
What are the odds for the US Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton is a strong favourite to win the US Grand Prix according to major British bookmaker Bet365.
The leading odds are as follows:
8/15 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
15/2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
12/1 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
16/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
22/1 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
(Prices correct at 1900 BST on Monday October 15)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 331 points
Sebastian Vettel – 264 points
Valtteri Bottas – 207 points
Kimi Raikkonen – 196 points
Max Verstappen – 173 points
Daniel Ricciardo – 146 points
Mercedes – 538 points
Ferrari – 460 points
Red Bull – 319 points
Tyre compounds for the US Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring three compounds to The Circuit Of The Americas – the yellow soft tyre, the red supersoft tyre and the purple ultrasoft tyre.