Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vettel Finds Right Note for US Grand Prix Pole in Austin

Photo source: Pirelli Photo Service

With two races remaining in the 2013 Formula 1 series, the 22-car field is returning to the Americas to put a period on the season. While Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing is already the established victors for the 2013 season overall, there is still bragging rights as well as important final chances to prove Formula 1 worthiness on the line. A race track debuting on the Formula 1 schedule last year, the Circuit of the Americas is once again hosting a late season United States Grand Prix.

The second time the Formula 1 tour is staging an event weekend on the Circuit of the Americas, the 2012 pole winner Sebastian Vettel's performance on Saturday has allowed the Red Bull Racing drive to remain undefeated in qualifying at the track. With a 1 minute, 36.338 second lap in Q3, the effort is granted Red Bull Racing its seventh consecutive pole position and the team's tenth in 2013. Vettel's teammate Mark Webber secures a front row spot with the second Red Bull-Renault. A little more than a tenth of a second off the pole time in Q3, Webber drove the only vehicles that proved to be a match for Sebastian Vettel at the end of qualifying.

Romain Grosjean will start third on the grid for the United States Grand Prix with his Lotus-Renault. Leading the Lotus F1 Team, Grosjean's profile in the race organization is upgraded with the early 2013 exit of Kimi Raikkonen. Set to partner with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next season, Raikkonen had has season cut short by back pain suffered during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Heikki Kovalainen emerges from his position as a reserve driver at Caterham F1 to race the second Lotus-Renault for the United States and Brazilian rounds. Driving for the first time this Formula 1 season, Kovalainen posted a respectable 9th place result in qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas.

In fourth, Nico Hulkenberg is continuing to impress with his show of speed driving the Sauber-Ferrari in the late stage of the 2013 Formula 1 season. Hulkenberg's teammate Esteban Gutierrez was quick on track but has been demoted 10 places after the qualifying session concluded. Formula 1 race stewards penalized Gutierrez and Marussia driver Max Chilton for impeding other vehicles during the time trial session. At the bottom of the grid for the 2013 United States Grand Prix, Chilton will also have to serve a drive-through penalty.

Mercedes AMG's Lewis Hamilton will start fifth on track alongside Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Alonso will be fighting to lock up second-place in the drivers' championship. With Raikkonen's season over, Lewis Hamilton could easily promote himself to third place in the standing with nine points. However, Mark Webber is only nine points behind Hamilton ahead of the Austin, Texas race. 

With 56 laps planned for Sunday, the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas is scheduled to start at 1 pm local time (2pm eastern time)

2013 Formula 1
United States Grand Prix
Race Results

Pos # Car # Driver Team Engine

1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault
4 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari
7 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes-Benz
8 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault
9 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Renault
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes-Benz
12 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
13 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
15 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes-Benz
16 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes-Benz
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 Renault
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth
20 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth

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