The first Formula One race in the United States since 2007 took place on the brand new Circuit Of The Americas track outside Austin, Texas on Sunday. Prior to the race, plenty of pundits opined that some of the turns were too tight or the track was too wide or it was too slippery or that Pirelli brought the wrong tires for the weekend.
But when the lights went out, Formula One fans were treated to one of the best motor races ever seen on these shores. There was passing throughout the field all race long. And in the end, Lewis Hamilton relentlessly hunted Sebastien Vettel down and forced his way by into the race lead, where he remained.
The drivers and teams were unanimous in their praise of the new Circuit of the Americas facility, which has instantly become one of the world’s great race tracks. The organizers put on a brilliant show for the 130,000 fans on hand and the estimated television audience of over a billion viewers worldwide. Well done!
With Hamilton first, Vettel second and Alonso third in Austin, the battle for the World Driver’s Championship will go down to the last race next Sunday in Brazil. A Formula One fan could not ask for a better or more fitting end to an exciting season.