The mysteries emerging at the US GP

The mysteries emerging at the US GP

On paper it looks like another Austin race that is Lewis Hamilton's to lose, but the closer you look at the real picture from free practice, the clearer it becomes that even Mercedes doesn't truly know where it stands yet

It's fatuous to talk about the chances of Sebastian Vettel striking back in the title race given it's surely now a question of when, not if, Lewis Hamilton clinches the crown. Besides, the Mercedes driver was fastest on Friday, so it's going to be another easy win for Hamilton, right?

Well, perhaps not, because there was a hidden battle going on under the surface of a mysterious day of practice for the United States Grand Prix. Anyone who thinks it's a done deal has jumped the gun for a multitude of reasons.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?

AUTOSPORT+

from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just

39c