2014 US Grand Prix Preview
We are only one day away from the start of the3rd U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. COTA has quickly become one of the favorite courses on the F1 Circuit and the anticipation for this years’ race is at an all time high.
Drivers to watch at this years’ US Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton – The British driver is looking to win at COTA for the 2nd time in 3 seasons, but more importantly, he is looking to move closer to his 2nd F1 Drivers Championship. Hamilton has had his best season ever in 2014. Of the 16 races that have been contested this season, he has won 9 of them and finished on the podium on 4 other occasions. The only time this season that Hamilton has not been part of the podium celebration were races that he had to retire his car. Lewis Hamilton has won the past 4 races and currently sits on top of the F1 Drivers Championship standings. Chances are if Hamilton finishes the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix, he will be on the podium, most likely on the top step.
Nico Rosberg – The Mercedes teammate of Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg has also had the best season of his career. Rosberg has won 4 races this year, including the season opener in Australia, and the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. The German driver has finished 2nd this season 9 times already and has only finished off of the podium 1 time in races that he has not had to retire his car. He is narrowly behind his teammate in the F1 Drivers Championship points and will try to make up as much ground as possible at the U.S. Grand Prix
Daniel Riccardo – The Red Bull driver has been the surprise of the 2014 season. In his first year at Red Bull, Riccardo has won 3 races, and finished on the podium on 4 other occasions. He is the only F1 driver not in a Mercedes car to win in 2014 and should finish in the top 3 in Formula One Drivers Championship points at the end of the season.
Sebastian Vettel – Vettel has had a down year in 2014. The winner of the past 4 F1 Drivers Championships has yet to win a race this season but he has only finished on the podium 4 times. Vettel has been marred by mechanical frustrations this season and hasn’t been able to put together a winning race. But the German is still one of the most talented drivers to ever live and is always a threat to win.
Whats New in 2014
The story of 2014 has been all about the massive rule changes in the offseason. Gone are the V8 powertrains of the last few years and in are 6 cylinder turbo charged engines. Gearheads can read more about the specific changes here. To casual Formula One fans this will mean one major thing at Circuit of the Americas this weekend, new sound. F1 races are known for the high pitched scream erupting from the 15,000 rpm motors. This year that sound signature will be radically different.
Demand for US Grand Prix tickets is always high. The current median ticket price for 3 day passes to the 2014 US Grand Prix is $450. But fans can get into Friday and Saturdays’ practice and qualifying rounds at a much cheaper price. Here are the median ticket prices for individual day tickets.
Friday 10/31/14 – $9
Saturday 11/1/14 – $50
Sunday 11/2/14 – $324