The US Grand Prix was everything I think people hoped for. Yes, it was a Lewis Hamilton win, that certainly seemed popular with the American fans in Austin and makes sure the fight between the Mercedes continues for another race.
It wasn’t quite as good as it could have been for Hamilton though, really it should have been a Red Bull between the pair of them after Ricciardo got down the inside of Rosberg at the first corner. That place was gained back by Rosberg in the pit stop sequence, when under the virtual safety car the German got ahead once again and is therefore not enough for Hamilton to win the title, He is going to need something else in the next three races to claim the Championship.
As the circus marches on to Mexico, it was a win there last year for Nico Rosberg, the first race on the new layout of the circuit which once again should favour Mercedes with the very long straight at high altitude. The power aspect could help Ferrari in their challenge with Red Bull, although the power deficit didn’t seem to worry them in Japan, Malaysia or Austin, so there could be another surprise in the offing.
As Renault confirmed Nico Hulkenberg as their first driver for the 2017 season, other dominoes have also been falling around the seats for next year. Toro Rosso have confirmed their current driver line up, although they have been know to do mid-season swaps! With Williams expected to announce Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll for next year, the focus is on Force India and Renault for the next best seats. Felipe Nasr has been linked to Force India taking his Brazilian banking money with him, although some see that as being tricky given the difficulties in their ownership, which could lead to an opening for Esteban Ocon. Ocon at the moment seems to be the favoured of the Mercedes juniors, not helped by the behaviour of Pascal Wehrlein last weekend. Renault could be very simple, with it becoming clearer that is should go to Kevin Magnussen, the seats which few have wanted.
With talk of Ron Dennis making a second exit from McLaren and ongoing ‘issues’ at Ferrari, there is never a dull moment. Formula One is as interesting as ever!