Nico Rosberg will go into the United States Grand Prix with a much better standing than last year. It was on this track where Rosberg had the lead up until the last few laps when he lost control giving Lewis Hamilton the win. Not only that, but with three Grand Prix still to be raced last year, Hamilton had secured enough points to crown himself the 2015 Driver Champion. However, it is Rosberg who has the advantage this year.
In fact, even if Rosberg doesn’t finish, he will still hold the top spot in the driver standings; he will, however, continue to fight for his first win at the Circuit of the Americas. Rosberg no longer wants to be seen as Mercedes second driver, and a win that would distance himself from his teammate in the standings would certainly help his case.
Clearly this track held great significance for Hamilton as of last year, but since its inaugural race in 2012, Hamilton has won 3 out of 4 races held here. A great deal of his fan base also resides in the U.S. So despite being born in the United Kingdom, he will most likely be the fan favorite at the United States Grand Prix.
Aside from Mercedes continuing to dominate the sport, Red Bull has also stayed in the spotlight while Ferrari still underperforms. Daniel Ricciardo now has a 42 point lead on Kimi Raikkonen, while Max Verstappen is tied with Sebastian Vettel for points. With the only 2 wins not attributed to Mercedes, it’s no wonder that Red Bull holds this position.
Although it won’t be possibly to determine the Driver Champion after this upcoming weekend, it will be much clearer as to which Mercedes driver will come out on top.
The United States Grand Prix takes place this Sunday, Oct 23rd.