F1 | US GP – THE POINT by Gian Carlo Minardi

An unpredictable Grand Prix that overturned any previsions with the retirements at Red Bull and Ferrari. As it was predictably, Lewis Hamilton is playing all his cards to overturn a situation in which he has to run after his team mate, and he achieved his 50th win ahead of Nico Rosberg who, thanks to his 54th podium, reaches Niki Lauda.

A Ferrari that, independently from some fast laps, that it gained thanks its tire choice, proves to be the third power in the world championship, behind Mercedes and Red Bull. If it had exploited the technical complication that affected Verstappen, it could have nibbled some points from Red Bull and cancelled Kimi Raikkonen’s mistake at the pit-stop. The action of the Finnish driver is at the limit of regulation, he returned into the pit lane in reverse.

Good the race of Fernando Alonso who finished in fifth ahead of his direct Toro Rosso rivals. He drove determinedly, making several fast laps consecutively. In spite of some difficulties in the straight, he brought home a precious result for McLaren-Honda.

An overturned Grand Prix regarding strategies. The tires didn’t work as expected and the teams changed their plan during the race.

At Ferrari, they also used the Medium tire compounds.

We still have three races and can arrive at the last event with the title still to be assigned within Mercedes. We saw the virtual safety car in action, but in my opinion, this security system is debatable. Several drivers took advantage of it. Rosberg is one of them. I prefer the traditional safety car. With this, I wish you a good night and give you an appointment in Mexico.