This weekend is the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. One man reports live from every single race for NBC, and that's pit reporter Will Buxton. Before this weekend's USGP, Buxton has graciously taken some time out of his schedule to answer your F1 questions. Fire away!
Formula One, like soccer, is an international sport and thus not for Americans. At least that's what they tell you. It's what some people need you to believe. Will the young people here, stretching over the rails as a vintage Lotus screams by, feel the same way? I think they won't.
Qualifying for the USGP at the Circuit of the Americas is now. Talk about it here!
Look, if you're going to test out a car built from racecar technology, it should probably be on a racetrack. Because...racecar, or something like it. Here's a McLaren 12C Spider. It'll cause you to make highly awkward facial expressions of glee.
We've got F1 practice from COTA today. FP1 is from 10:40 EST to 11:40 EST, FP2 at 1 PM EST. Discuss it here!
It's the week before the United States Grand Prix—do you know where your tickets are? Lucky you, then. Until I got my tickets late yesterday, I thought mine were wherever Kimi's paycheck is—completely missing in action. Other fans? Not so lucky.
When Austin's Circuit of the Americas was being planned and built, many people wondered how it would be sustainable if it only hosted a Formula One event, some track days, and a handful of other races every year.
If you were fortunate enough to go to the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas last month, you may have started counting the days until you got a chance to drive on it too. After all, the track opened to rave reviews from both fans and Formula One drivers.
Americans won't watch Formula One. Why the hell are you having a race in Texas? Who would schedule an F1 race opposite football? Who would schedule an F1 race on the same weekend as the big NASCAR race? There are no Americans. Texans have no one to root for. Who would possibly show up?
We have a winner of the first Formula One race in the United States since 2007, and it is McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.
During Saturday's qualifying rounds, I could hear the crowd chanting as I walked through the grandstands even with the earplugs in my ears to dampen the sound of the screaming Formula One engines.
In honor of Formula One's return to the United States, the race's drivers will make their parade lap on steely American chariots glistening in the cool Austin sun. Vettel will take the pole in a 1962 Chevy Corvette with his teammate Mark Webber in a 1971 Buick GS400.
You guys like cars, right? Well, if you're going to the Circuit of the Americas for Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix, then I have some exciting news — you're going to spend a lot of time in a car.
Drivers and fans alike here in Austin have said that the Circuit of the Americas has lived up to the hype as one of the best race courses in the world.
Ever since the map of the Circuit of the Americas came out, I've been wondering: What's it like to drive on that thing? When am I gonna get my chance to go through those winding corners and crazy elevation changes? When, Lord? When? When's gonna be my time?
As I walked into the paddock at the brand new Circuit of the Americas I immediately ran into a local F1 fan I first met back in February when I visited the scarcely started track. The joyous look on his face probably mirrored mine. A look that said "Holy shit this is really happening."
After two-and-a-half years of hype, promotions, construction, legal fights, planning, protests from residents and grandstanding by Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One will at last make its triumphant return to the United States in just one week. For real this time. Seriously! We promise.