Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel enters Sunday’s United States Grand Prix knowing he must end a poor run of results if he is to have any chance of denying Lewis Hamilton the Formula One world championship. Just three races ago, Vettel looked set to reclaim the lead in the title standings but a crash in Singapore, engine trouble in Malaysia and a spark plug failure in Japan has left him on the brink.
Ferrari have been able to finally challenge the Mercedes dominance of the hybrid era from 2014 but what looked like being a thrilling championship is in danger of ending weakly. Since the summer break, Hamilton has won four of the five races — the other went to Max Verstappen of Red Bull — and outscored Vettel by a thumping 73 points. Sebastian and Ferrari also need Kimi Raikkonen to get in among the Mercedes and Red Bull Racing cars and provide adequate support for his team-mates faltering title bid.
The race will be 56 laps, and gets underway at 8pm UK time on Sunday evening. Since F1 came to the Lone Star state, the Circuit of the Americas has produced some memorable moments.
Follow us for the latest updates and results from the Circuit of the Americas as the 2017 United States Grand Prix is ready for action, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF70H, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the win