The Formula One paddock this weekend travelled to United States. The race was held at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It was an interesting weekend with a fair share of ups and downs. Two teams left the championship due to financial situations.
There were four cars and drivers missing in action. Many motorsport enthusiasts believe the root of the problem lies in how Formula One functions. The Marussia and Caterham team have pulled out and many other teams as well have raised concerns.
Coming back to racing the weekend was once again dominated by Mercedes powered vehicles. This time Nico Rosberg in his Petronas AMG Mercedes was fastest with team mate Lewis Hamilton following closely.
The race began with an incident occurring at the end of lap one. There was heavy contact between Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil, both had to retire. Safety car was called out and racing resumed in a few laps. Daniel Ricciardo took the opportunity and dived ahead of Fernando Alonso at turn one.
Nico Rosberg led most of the laps ahead of Lewis Hamilton. During the first round of pitstops the German ace maintained his lead ahead of the British driver. A few laps later Hamilton decided to make a move and took over lead, he maintained a decent gap, however Rosberg tried hard to catch up once again.
Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo fought hard to fend of the challenge from Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, for fourth and fifth place respectively. The Brazilian driver piled pressure on the Australian, however, it was too late and he missed out on third place.
Scuderia Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had a great battle with Sebastian Vettel, who started from the pit lane. The multiple championship winner began the race from last place and fought brilliantly to climb up to seventh place. He made it tough for Alonso, who managed to secure sixth position.
The next Formula One race is scheduled to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Race weekend begins on 7th November, 2014 with free practice. Qualifying is set to be held on 8th November, 2014 at 21:30. The race will commence at 21:30 on 9th of November, 2014. There are two more races remaining and Hamilton has a 24 point lead—the championship battle will go down to the wire.