Kyle Busch finished 30th at Talladega after what he calls a “frustrating” and “dull” day. Despite the poor finish, a result of Joe Gibbs Racing’s plan to ride around in the back all day, Busch advances to the Round of 8 and expects “heck of a lot more exciting days.”
AUSTIN, Texas – From his first pole position at Circuit of The Americas, and in his adopted second home, Lewis Hamilton has perhaps his best – and last – chance to ignite his bid for a third consecutive FIA Formula 1 World Championship. A win today in Austin would close the gap to his Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate, Nico Rosberg, by at least seven points (from 33 to 26) even if Rosberg were to finish second. A win too, if it occurs, could also be the needed shot in the arm to save his season on the whole after myriad mechanical woes and mistakes have resigned him to this position in the first place. It’s funny to consider a year when Hamilton has won six races as a disappointment, but to this
In a country where more circuits have hosted Grands Prix than in any other in Formula 1 history, the one constant for F1 in the United States is the lack of constant stability, and instead, the continuation of change. The story is no different in 2016 as F1 returns to Circuit of The Americas for the fifth time, with the track now having established a foothold on the schedule as the F1 world around it – and the event itself – keeps evolving to meet consumer demands. On the grid, as we’ve covered extensively both throughout this year and this weekend, the arrival of Haas F1 Team on the grid has caused a stir and been a welcome story line throughout the year. While having an American driver with Haas would be nice, it’s something team owner Gene Haas and team principal Guenther Steiner have said repeatedly that it isn’t required.