So here we are. With just four rounds left in the 2015 F1 championship, and with the constructor’s championship already sewn up by Mercedes in Russia, Lewis Hamilton can clinch his third world title in America, and in doing so, become the first British driver to win back-to-back titles. It all comes down to the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.
Of course, the title might not be decided here. Should Hamilton slip up, the two men who can still in theory catch him (Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel) will be ready to pounce, prolonging the title race until at the very least the next race in Mexico. Given that Hamilton has won two of the three races held here, that would, on the face of it, seem unlikely.
Last year’s race did see Rosberg lead for several laps, with Hamilton lurking just behind. A bullish piece of late braking saw Hamilton get by his teammate and surge to victory.
Some of the forecasts for the race predict rain, combined with reasonably high temperatures to with it, which could upset the apple cart a little. Hamilton likes rain, but humidity doesn’t favour the Mercedes, and might hand the initiative to Ferrari. Hopefully, it will be an absorbing race!