Customise ESPN

Lewis Hamilton taking pole has been a safe bet since the weekend's action started on Friday. He will be joined on the front row by Sebastian Vettel, the only man who can beat him to this year's title, but the German's recent misfortune means the championship fight is lacking the sting of previous rounds. Hamilton and Mercedes have looked strong all weekend so (barring some more drama in the title fight) challenging the No.44 car over race distance might be a big ask for Vettel, but at least he is well placed to ensure the fight goes on for another weekend.

Nate Saunders, F1 Associate Editor

Formula 1

Carpooling with Valtteri Bottas.

Laurence Edmondson joins Valtteri Bottas on his journey to the Circuit of the Americas and discusses his career, his future and his relationship with team mate Lewis Hamilton.

4:40
Share Video

Top Headlines

U.S. Grand Prix

Friday practice

Live from Austin

Brendon Hartley's grid penalty on debut looks bad enough on the surface -- the news of it had emerged before he'd completed a lap of the COTA circuit. The limit of four power units is applied to each car, not the driver, which is why Hartley gets the penalty. Initially there was confusion about why Hartley would serve a penalty and this has exposed another very bizarre quirk in F1's regulations. Hartley replaced Pierre Gasly for this weekend, and Gasly replaced Daniil Kvyat for Malaysia and Japan. That means Hartley is technically in the car Kvyat started the season with. Kvyat, meanwhile, is back this weekend and technically in the car Carlos Sainz (now at Renault) started the year in. So, in effect, Hartley is serving a penalty for a change made to Kvyat's original car, while Kvyat doesn't have one in Sainz's old car. Make sense? Didn't think so.

Nate Saunders, F1 Associate Editor

Formula 1

The story of the Formula One season so far.

As Lewis Hamilton closes in on a fourth drivers' title in Austin, take a look back at the F1 season so far.

2:46
Share Video

McLaren

U.S. Grand Prix

Preview

Formula 1

Can anything stop Hamilton in Austin?

Nate Saunders and Laurence Edmondson discuss if there is anything that can stop Lewis Hamilton from picking up his fourth world title this weekend.

1:57
Share Video

Live in Austin

U.S. Grand Prix

Video previews

Toro Rosso

Formula 1

What can we expect from the US Grand Prix?

ESPN's Jennie Gow and Maurice Hamilton preview the US Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton's chances of clinching the drivers' championship.

2:24
Share Video

Customise ESPN