Formula 1

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
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Trip End Dec 07, 2013


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Clear skies and warm weather greeted us this morning as we made our way to the Circuit of America’s for the penultimate round of the 2013 Formula One Championship. We were in our seats at Turn 1 for the first of 2 support races.  The Formula Vintage race was an invitation event featuring cars from yesteryear. The next support race was the  Ferrari 458 Challenge — Ferrari owners competing in their own cars. We watched their first race yesterday and they were reasonably conservative - Not today. The first corner had the pole sitter turned around and carnage everywhere. This brought out the safety car and a reduced number of laps.

We had an early lunch so we could be back in the stands prior to the Pit Straight festivities. During the driver parade,  the car carrying Jenson Button could not get up the hill to turn 1  and he had to get a ride with Jean-Eric Vergne. The Texas Longhorns Marching Band performed along the main straight, and were later joined by the Dallas Cowboys CheerleadersThe American National Anthem was sung from the top of the COTA Tower and broadcast to the crowd by the helicopter.

Vettel kept his lead going into Turn 1 and maintained it throughout the race. Webber made a good start but I got boxed in and didn’t get a good exit off the corner which let Grosjean through into P2. There was some contact in the back of the grid between Maldonado and Button as the cars made it through Turn 1, however, the safety car was brought out on the first lap after Sutil and Maldonado touched wheels on the back straight sending Sutil into the wall.
There were some great battles further down the field and for a while we thought Daniel Riccardo may have held onto 10th place however he was overtaken by Button on the last lap. He had a great duel with Paul DiResta earlier in the race, with most of his attempts to overtake at Turn 1 helped by the DRS zone on the pit straight. He eventually got past him going into Turn 2.

All together a great venue to visit both by the teams and race fans. There were 258,000 in attendance this year. We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, especially having the opportunity to watch qualifying from within the pit garage of Force India.
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Phil on

If you had hit Vettel with that rock it would have been a good race. Can you get a ticket to Brazil and get a hit this time!

jas20j
jas20j on

Yes we have contemplated Brazil. Had there been a 2 week gap between races we could have fitted it in before coming home. Hopefully Daniel will show him up next year. There were bigger cheers for Webber at the finish than for Vettel.

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