The 2014 US Grand Prix Will Be Best US Grand Prix Yet

We’re already 3 races into the 2014 FIA formula one world championship and the Mercedes AMG Petronas team is dominant.  Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have taken pole in qualifying and grabbed the checkered flag in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain. There is no sign they won’t continue and do the same in Shanghai, China on April 20th.  Mercedes powered teams are killing it this year, much to the chagrin of teams using Ferrari and Renault power plants. However; the formula one season is 19 races long and 3 wins doesn’t make a formula one champion.

This is Rossberg’s 9th year racing in formula and for 8 of those 9 years his performance has been, let’s say….far from stellar.  He earned his first win in 2012 at the Chinese grand prix where he finally shook the moniker “The Highest Paid Driver to Never Win a Race”.  This year the relatively new Mercedes team (Started in 2010) and their F1 W05 chasis are providing him the ride that will change his fortune.  He’s silenced long-time critics with this season’s performance and is the currently first in points for the drivers’ championship with 61 while his teammate Hamilton is nipping at his heels with 50.

Top 10 Passes in 2013 –Alonso v Webber at Spa coming into Eau Rouge is insane.

This season looks to shake up the same old routine we’ve seen since 2010 when Sebastian Vettel (the German wunderkind) and Infiniti Red Bull took over F1 and won the drivers championship and team championship 4 consecutive years. Reminds me of the days when Michael Schumacher owned Formula 1 when driving for Ferrari and the races became known as “the world’s fastest parade” as he never relinquished the lead and there was very little passing in the sport.  As the season progresses and teams gather more data race after race, they will be improving their aerodynamics, mechanics, strategy and overall performance making the late season races more vital in determining the 2014 championship. In particular, the US Grand prix in Austin Texas at Circuit of the Americas will be pivotal as teams push to finish the season strong and clinch a championship or scramble for a share of the extremely valuable championship points. Gaining even 1 or 2 points can help catapult them higher in the rankings resulting in a much higher pay out come year end. Formula 1 only pays out the top 10 teams and with 11 teams participating this year, no one want to be the one team out of the money. The only other North American race this season remains the long-standing Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.

US Grand Prix Attendance

Data Source: Circuit of the Americas

 

I’m going to say that 2014 will be the best year to attend the US Grand Prix, whether you have or haven’t already been to the circuit and seen the race. The changes to the chassis have definitely mixed up the field, Circuit of the America’s has decided to continue offering single day passes to Friday Practice 1 & Practice 2, Saturday Practice 3 & Qualifying and of course Sunday race day. This was different from the inaugural race in 2012 when only 3 day tickets were sold and could artificially inflated the numbers. My guess is sales will meet or exceed 2012 which will lead to ticket prices rising as we approach race day so buy now to get best selection at the best price.  I’ll see in you in the Turn 1 grandstands!

Racing into History – The Circuit of the Americas

The Circuit of the Americas is like nothing we’ve ever seen in North America, so here’s an infographic to give you some info on the track and everything that comes along with it. Located southeast of Austin, the track will be used for much more than just the U.S. Grand Prix — though that will be the main event. Want to go to the race? It’s not too late. See the USGP Race with TicketCity!

US Grand Prix Insider Race & Event Information

The US has been waiting for Formula One to return to the States and the US Grand Prix will be debuting in Austin, TX next weekend November 16-18th. There are alot of details to know – the schedule for each day, how to get to track, the amount of time to leave yourself getting there, and fun events around Austin for the weekend. TicketCity is your F1 experts. We’re available 7 days a week to answer any question you may have. Or if you’re still needing Race Tickets, Parking Passes, and Concert Tickets, you know who to call. Get your engines started!

The Most Infamous Sports Superstitions

Today is a day where people dress like zombies, animals, princesses, or whatever the latest celebrity joke is. Some people decorate their house with spider webs, carve pumkins, and set out a bowl of candy. And some people believe in supersititions… like not walking in front of a black cat. In the sports world, athletes may not do something special, specifically for today, but they definitely have their own superstitions. Check out our list of sports superstitions – you just may be surprised.

Grand Prix Basics: Learning Formula 1

The Montreal Grand Prix

Formula 1, the world’s most expensive and glamorous sport, is coming to Austin, TX at Circuit of The Americas. This fall will be the first time in over five years that Americans will have a chance to welcome this international sport and witness a race in their home country.

With the global buzz about the upcoming Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, there’s a lot to learn to enjoy it and be on top of this fast paced sport.  In this synopsis, you’ll learn about five key elements which make Formula 1 unique and attract an audience of over 600 million viewers worldwide.

The Formula

Formula 1 is quite simply the most technologically advanced sport in the world. The “formula” is the set of rules which govern the sport and challenge teams and drivers to perform at their peak capacity.  Hundreds of millions of dollars is spent by the teams each season to break the boundaries of performance under these rules and win races around the world.

These regulations are constantly evolving each year as new technologies and initiatives cause the sport to evaluate its position. Within the next two years, Formula 1 will rely more on its hybrid power systems and continue to shrink the size of their gasoline powered engines. In an effort to increase efficiency and push sustainability research, upcoming developments will accelerate the future of transportation research and translate to better performing cars for the consumer.

Global sport

Formula 1 started in England following the end of WWII.  Though a large portion of the teams and Formula 1 management are based in England today, the sport has a global presence and following on par with the Olympics and Soccer (football if you prefer).  In nineteen countries on six different continents, the sport’s diverse following brings added excitement as fans cheer on their country’s own driver or team.

Teams

There are currently twelve teams in Formula 1, hailing from many European countries like England, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. Many of the teams are part of the brands you already know, Ferrari, Mercedes, and McLaren, though many of them are specialized race teams who focus exclusively on Formula 1.

Not only is Formula 1 a driver’s sport, Formula 1 has a rich history of employing the best talent from many industries, uniting them to tackle the challenge of building and supporting a winning race car. Teams employ hundreds of staff in engineering, production, marketing, and research, each of them vital to the success of the car on race day. The quality of work coming out of a Formula 1 factory is more in line with high-end aviation, and though the cars bear little resemblance to your road car, technology you see in cars today was developed many years ago in Formula 1.

Drivers

The stars of the sport are the twenty four drivers who pilot these powerful  machines to the finish line.  Drivers start early in their careers and make their way up the ranks to become the best in the world. Each team has two drivers, some work closely together, other bitter rivals. The character of the drivers makes each race more dynamic and enticing, drawing you closer to the action.

Human performance is also very important to becoming a winning driver in Formula 1. Drivers routinely train on a program similar to tri-athletes, giving them the stamina and strength to endure the harsh impact of 5g’s of braking and cornering forces, and perform at peak condition for the entire two hour race. High performance athletes also demand high salaries, and Formula 1 is no exception.  The world’s 24 top drivers take home seven to eight figures, putting them on the same level as America’s sports stars in the NBA, MLB, and NFL.

Glamour

Actors and actresses from Hollywood’s best films, sports stars, socialites, musicians, models, and dignitaries all are regulars at Formula 1 events around the world.  With these guests comes the culture of fashion, parties, and high lifestyle.  Watch the Monaco Grand Prix and you will instantly understand how all of these things collide at once.

Glamour attracts the press and with it comes advertising and sponsorships. Formula 1 has a long history with the world’s biggest companies, attracting global sponsors and major brands from around the world. Close ties with big companies means top brands pay significant amounts to have even the smallest presence on the side of a Formula 1 car, helping to fund the expense of running a top race car.

Red Bull Racing

From the drivers, teams, glamour, history, and global presence of Formula 1, there’s a lot to look forward to for this November’s Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. These five aspects only begin to scratch the surface of F1, there’s a lot more to learn about this fascinating sport and only a short amount of time to do so.

 

About the author:

Kevin Olsen is the Co-Founder and COO of TheAustinGrandPrix.com – the independent motorsports
authority based in Austin, Texas. Originally launched to be the digital venue for updates and news on
Formula 1’s return to the U.S., The Austin Grand Prix has developed content, provided breaking news
and connected Austinites and racing fans around the world.