Shake and Bake: F1 Visits Texas
Formula 1 made its way state-side to race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and it was a pretty solid race. Prior to the race, Estaban Gutierrez received a 10-spot grid penalty pre-race for impeding Pastor Maldonado during qualifying and Max Chilton received a drive-through penalty that he had to serve during the first five laps of the race for impeding Maldonado and Adrian Sutil during qualifying. The only retirement of the race occurred on lap 1, when Adrian Sutil was out after making contact with Pastor Maldonado. Another big incident occurred on the last lap of the race, when Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne collided, with Vergne receiving a 20-second penalty after the race for the incident. Sebastian Vettel earned his 8th consecutive win, with Romain Grosjean in 2nd and Mark Webber in 3rd. This makes Vettel the first driver to ever win 8 consecutive races.
Sadly missing from the field during the race was Kimi Raikkonen, who received back surgery prior to the US Grand Prix. His replacement for the US GP and the Brazilian GP? Another Finn by the name of Heikki Kovalainen. Kovaleinen had a relatively disappointing weekend, since he had to make a bonus pit stop to change the front wing, had issues with his KERS, and finished 15th. Here’s hoping the race in Brazil goes better for him.
This past weekend was a record-blasting one for Vettel. As previously mentioned, he’s the first driver to ever win 8 consecutive races in a season. He’s also on his way to tying Schumacher for most wins in a season (13 wins) and getting the most points in a season (at least 392 points, currently at 372 points) – that’s if he can get the W on Sunday in Brazil, which is extremely likely given how talented he is. He's a 4-time champion and consistently wins. And when he doesn't win, he's usually on one of the other two steps of the podium. So I'm thinking he'll be breaking a couple records in Brazil.