Our 200th edition of GrandPrix+ comes to you from Austin, Texas, where Lewis Hamilton did what he had to do to keep the World Championship alive. Lewis needs to win all the remaining races but even then if Nico Rosberg is second Lewis will miss out. Thus Hamilton needs the help of rivals Red Bull to push Rosberg back to third, or help from gremlins giving Nico some technical trouble. Red Bull was not really quick enough on the sweeps of the Circuit of the Americas, but the team hobbled itself by failing to pit Dan Ricciardo during a Virtual Safety Car period caused – would you believe – by the retirement of Max Verstappen with an engine problem. Max was already on the back foot at that point because of a messed up pit stop and a poor start. Ferrari was out of the game to all intents and purposes and Kimi Raikkonen dropped out when the Italian team messed up one of his pit stops. Force India’s chances of success ended at the first corner, with Nico Hulkenberg bumped out and Sergio Perez ending up at the back, a fate that also befell Valtteri Bottas in his Williams. This effectively wiped out half the challengers, leaving the way open for McLaren to pick up a good handful of points, while Carlos Sainz gave Scuderia Toro Rosso its biggest haul of points since Spain. The local fans were able to cheer as Romain Grosjean came home in 10th to give the team its first point since Austria, back in June.
Also in GP+ this week…
– We look at Lewis’s adventures in life at the moment
– We talk to Nico Hulkenberg about his move to Renault
– We take a look at Zak Brown, a man with a big F1 future
– We remember Mario Andretti’s arrival in F1
– DT remembers Lon Bromley, a legend in US racing safety
– JS looks at the weird world of Austin
– The Hack ruminates on Lewis Hamilton…
– Plus the usual fabulous photography from Peter Nygaard
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