American Grand Prix Preview
The Asian leg of the tour is finished and now we head west (although we’d flown east because it’s probably quicker) to the final two races, hosting in the America’s. The first race will be in North America, (Texas, Austin) to be be precise, while the final race of the season see’s us head South to Brazil. Upon arriving in America, six drivers still have a shot at the title, and less than a win separates them all.
Jamie Franklin (Lotus) – 190 Points – Despite a retirement in Abu Dhabi after a collision with his teammate he still leads the Championship by two points from that very same man. Franklin is the only man who can win the title here, but has to win the race and rely on others misfortune to claim it.
To win the title:
Franklin must win the race with:
Downton 9th or lower
Ingram 8th or lower
Kingshark 6th or lower
Graham 4th or lower
Bomeny 2nd or lower
Bradley Downton (Lotus) – 188 Points – Had a disastrous weekend in Abu Dhabi that culminated in colliding with his teammate and launching over the back of a Marussia. He’s been cleared to race in America this weekend however and will be hoping for a return to the podium to take the fight to Brazil.
William Ingram (McLaren) – 185 Points – A fairly disappointing result in Abu Dhabi with only 8th place but he still closed on the Lotuses in front due to the double retirement. Felt he could have gained more ground if not for the pitstop error, Ingram will be hoping for a stronger showing in America.
Johnny Kingshark (Red Bull) – 182 Points – Another man disappointed with his result in Abu Dhabi as he felt he could have at very least claimed a podium. Beaten to it by Caterham’s Nicholas Sunderland didn’t lift his spirits, though he was at least thankful there was a Canadian flag on the podium.
Hollis Graham (Red Bull) – 175 Points – Graham impressed in Abu Dhabi but missed out on pole to Sunderland’s Caterham. Made up for it in the race though after taking the lead at the start and never looking back. Still an outside bet for the title but has a run of two wins under his belt…
Felipe Bomeny (Ferrari) – 170 Points – Ferrari’s only remaining chance for the title after Mathershaw’s early exit in Abu Dhabi, Felipe is the furthest behind of the men who can still claim it. He’s not had strong recent results but a second last time out really threw the cat amongst the pigeons.
With dry weather expected in America we could see some more strong performances from Widger, Caterham and Sauber, so once again the Championship contenders won’t have it all their own way. With Mathershaw also now out of the fight, surely he’ll do his best to help Bomeny to the title?
Only one thing is for sure though, we’re in for a cracker!
2 Races To Go
6 Drivers with a Chance of the Title
Less than 1 Win separates them All
Who will come out on top in America?
Chance of Rain: 15%
Favorite Tracks: Mathershaw (Ferrari), Frog (Marussia)
Free Practice 1: Dry
Free Practice 2: Dry