This weekend at Austin will be the start of the final four grands prix the will take us to Abu Dhabi, passing through Mexico and Brazil, for the grand final, thus giving us the new world champion. The Formula 1 Circus arrives in Texas, a demanding circuit with twenty curves and several dropouts, as well as being fertile ground for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes which have triumphed here a fine four times in the last five editions of the race, leaving his direct rival Sebastian Vettel only one win, but he is still winless here in Ferrari’s colours.
After the latest debacles Ferrari is called upon to give signs of resurgence and to show us that it has left behind the troubles and solved the problems of reliability. They will probably be forced to take a step back in the development process that showed an increase in performance but at the same time lost reliability. It will not be a weekend to try to attack the British driver, but to defend second spot in both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles from Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull.
Williams in the sights
The challenge in the rear is taking off with four teams grouped within barely twenty four points. Opening the parade is Williams in fifth place which is defending itself powerfully from the assaults from Toro Rosso, Haas and Renault. At the moment the team lead by Franz Tost is the team in most difficulty as it has to deal with the new political relationship with Honda that wanted Gasly to try and win the Super Formula title in Japan which forced the team to put Kvyat on his return at the side of the rookie Hartley while Renault will be able to put its trust in the ex “torero” Carlos Sainz to win the points it lacks to leave eighth place. Amongst the “minor” teams only Force India will be able to sleep peacefully from here until November 26th thanks to its exceptional championship in which it manage to assert itself for the second straight year as the fourth force of the world championship.
Vettel meets the young drivers
During the training stage at Fiorano between the drivers chosen by the FDA and the Federal School in preparation for the Supercorso ACI Sport that begins in November Sebastian Vettel made a surprise visit and spent time with the lads. The work and the union between the Federation and Ferrari aimed at the growth of the young drivers beginning from kart continue. This weekend at Monza the curtain will be drawn on the Italian Formula 4 championship with the Italian Lorenzo Colombo committed to defending third spot
Gian Carlo Minardi