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23 Oct 22:49 The points gap between the championship contenders is 25 points following the US GP. With 75 points on offer in the remaining three races of the season, there is still much t play for.
23 Oct 22:46 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton remains in the title fight with a dominating drive at the 2016 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
23 Oct 22:44


1. Hamilton, Mercedes

2. Rosberg, Mercedes

3. Ricciardo, Red Bull

4. Vettel, Ferrari

5. Alonso, McLaren-Honda

6. Sainz Jr., Toro Roso

23 Oct 22:42 Hamilton takes his 50th career win and his seventh of the 2016 season!
23 Oct 22:41 Sainz and Alonso taking each other on! Two friends fighting it out.
23 Oct 22:40 Alonso taking on his friend and fellow countryman Carlos Sainz.
23 Oct 22:39 Vettel makes a very late pitstop and goes onto a set of Super soft tyres for the final few laps.
23 Oct 22:38 Williams is having a torrid afternoon as both cars are struggling to keep other drivers at bay.
23 Oct 22:36 With three laps remaining, Hamilton leads from Rosberg, Ricciardo, Vettel, Sainz and Alonso.
23 Oct 22:35 Alonso moves up into sixth place from Massa and sets of chasing after Sainz.
23 Oct 22:34 CONTACT! Alonso and Massa touched!
23 Oct 22:32 The gap between Hamilton and Rosberg just over 8sec. Bu with 6 laps remaining it is unlikely that Rosberg will catch the race leader.
23 Oct 22:31 Renault drivers Magnussen and Palmer trying to prove to the Renault bosses why each one of them deserve to be in the team next year.
23 Oct 22:30 Daniil Kvyat pushing Felipe Nast wide going into Turn 1 on lap 49. That move will definitely be investigated by race stewards: forcing another driver of the track.
23 Oct 22:28 Alonso taking tighter lines as he just makes Massa aware that he is there. The tighter lines did, however, lose him some time.
23 Oct 22:26 Alonso showing great race craft in his understrength McLaren-Honda. Will he be able to improve on 7th place?
23 Oct 22:24 Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz battling it out for 5th place. And Alonso is right behind, waiting to gain a position if anything happens.
23 Oct 22:17 With 42/56 laps completed, Hamilton leads Rosberg by 9sec. Ricciardo is in third.
23 Oct 22:15 Carlos Sainz is running in 5th place and Grosjean has brought his Haas into 10th place.
23 Oct 22:13 Raikkonen stopping at the pit exit and retiring his car. Why? Because the right wheel wasn't fixed onto the car!
23 Oct 22:12 Raikkonen retires!
23 Oct 22:12 Raikkonen makes his final pitstop of the race, but he stops!
23 Oct 22:09 Concerning the championship, Rosberg needs to only finish the remaining four races - including the US GP - in second place to be crowned 2016 champion.
23 Oct 22:07 Vettel having a giggle over the radio when the team tells him he has an issue with his rear wing. 
23 Oct 22:06 Did Ferrari screw up Raikkonen's chances of a podium? It remains to be seen...
23 Oct 22:05 Raikkonen one of the fastest drivers on track and chasing down Ricciardo.
23 Oct 22:03 Raikkonen is chasing after Ricciardo in third place. The two drivers are on different tyres and strategies.
23 Oct 22:02 Rosberg trails Hamilton by over 12 seconds, but is 1.8 sec ahead of Ricciardo in third. 
23 Oct 22:00 Drivers are going around at a set speed while marshals are removing Verstappen's car off track.
23 Oct 21:58 Hamilton makes his final pitstop, followed by Rosberg. 
23 Oct 21:57 Virtual safety car is out and a number of drivers getting ready to make their final pitstops of the race.
23 Oct 21:55 Verstappen is out of the race with what he said over the radio is an engine failure. He is now limping the car back to the pits.
23 Oct 21:54 Vettel being told by his team to box on lap 30. The gap between him and Raikkonen is 12 seconds.
23 Oct 21:53 Raikkonen is doing all he can to make up time to the drivers ahead of him. He has all the work to do given that he has another stop to make.
23 Oct 21:50 Miscommunication between Verstappen and his Red Bull team. Unplanned pitstop.
15:45 The gap is now down to 26 points on Rosberg for Hamilton! Whew, what a race! Join us again next week for the Mexico Grand Prix, cheers!
Lap 56 Vettel follows him and Alonso comes through afterwards!
Lap 56 Hamilton wins the USA GRAND PRIX! Rosberg comes in second and Ricciardo third!
Lap 56 Alonso takes Sainz for P5! They are both desperate for that P5 position as it will be Sainz highest ever finish and Alonso's highest ever finish with McLaren.
Lap 56 Final lap! Hamilton makes his way to the finish line.
Lap 55 Ricciardo is 10 seconds behind Rosberg...
Lap 55 Grosjean doing Haas proud on home soil as he is on course to earn a well earned point.
Lap 54 The battle between Massa and Alonso is set to be invetigated after the race...
Lap 53 Alonso drives Massa off the track! Sainz will be gleaming about that!
Lap 52 Hammer-time! Hamilton responds with some quick laps...
Lap 51 Rosberg closing the gap on Hamilton! The gap is around five seconds.
Lap 50 Can Sainz keep his P5 secure, with Massa and Alonso running closely behind him.
Lap 49 Just seven laps left in this GP!
Lap 48 "We have a system problem with the blue flags," Grosjean says on the radio.
Lap 47 Vettel comfortably running P4..
Lap 46 Felipe Massa running as high as sixth, chasing Sainz.
Lap 45 Toto Wolff looks very relaxed as Mercedes occupy one and two...
Lap 44 Kvyat now running just outside the points!
Lap 43 Ricciardo expressing his intentions of catching Rosberg, looking very unlikely...
Lap 42 Hamilton continues to lead the race, the last time he was in this position his engine blew...
Lap 42 Raikkonen composed as ever walking across the paddock after retiring...
Lap 41 Sainz running as high as P5! Brilliant from the Toro Rosso driver!
Lap 40 Vettel moves up to P4 and Grosjean moves into the points!
Lap 39 Raikkonen out! The Finn told to stop as there is a wheel gun still stuck into his wheel!
Lap 38 Raikkonen comes into the pits final time and he puts on softs!
Lap 37 Rosberg is 10 seconds behind Hamilton...
Lap 36 Ricciardo told to go after Rosberg!
Lap 35 Palmer complains about Magnussen holding him up!
Lap 34 Verstappen takes of his gear off and waves to the crowd...
Lap 34 VSC called in...we're racing again!
Lap 33 Ricciardo disappointed as Rosberg gets the better of him with that pit stop! The German put on another set of mediums, while Ricciardo has older mediums on.
Lap 32 You can expect a flurry of stops now under the VSC...
Lap 31 Hamilton told to pit now.
Lap 31 Virtual saftey car is out!
Lap 30 Verstappen claims that something is hitting the engine the faster he goes. Verstappen finally retires the car o the gravel...
Lap 30 Verstappen crawling back into the pits now....
Lap 29 Verstappen is in trouble! Looks like an engine failure! Its all over for him!
Lap 29 Half way through the race now and Hamilton leads the race! Going well for him so far, but where will Rosberg finish?
Lap 29 Verstappen eases past Massa.
Lap 29 Raikkonen sets fastest lap.
Lap 28 The teenager rejoins P7.
Lap 27 Verstappen admits he thought the team told him to box! Anyways, they put on mediums for him.
Lap 27 Verstappen delayed in the pitsop!! Lots of confusion there!
Lap 26 Ricciardo into the pits again and puts on Mediums! Interesting strategy for Red Bull...
Lap 25 The Finn rejoined P6 ahead of Massa.
Lap 25 Raikkonen pits and clears the way for Vettel!
Lap 24 Vettel now very close to his team-mate.
Lap 23 Rosberg now running very closely to Ricciardo and Verstappen drops away from Rosberg, interesting.....
Lap 22 Vettel now cutting into Raikkonen's time as well...
Lap 21 Button now up to P10, the 2009 World Champion is running on mediums.
Lap 20 20 laps gone now and Hamilton continues to lead the US GP.
Lap 19 Verstappen tells Red Bull he is not in Austin to finish fourth! Cheeky.
Lap 18 Gutierrez the second driver to retire after spending some time in the pits with the Haas crew.
Lap 17 Rosberg is on a two stop strategy as Verstappen closes in on him in the overtaking zone.
Lap 16 Verstappen now eating into Rosberg's gap...
Lap 15 Vettel comes out P6 behind Raikkonen.
Lap 15 Vettel finally told to box! Pirelli did reckon the 15 laps is maximum for the softs....
Lap 15 Kvyat given a ten-second timed penalty for causing a collision!
Lap 14 Verstappen has a go and eat Raikkonen! Very slick from the Dutchman!
Lap 13 Vettel really stretching his tyres out here as he is yet to make a pitstop.
Lap 12 Vettel running P1 at the monent as Hamilton comes out P2, while Ricciardo continues to run P3.
Lap 11 Hamilton finally pits and puts on softs! Rosberg on mediums.
Lap 11 Rosberg comes infront of Raikkonen!
Lap 10 Hamilton told to box, so is Rosberg.
Lap 10 Ricciardo all the up to P6 now. Verstappen pulls out a brilliant move on Button and overtakes him in a weird spot on the track!
Lap 10 Verstappen also in the pits now.
Lap 10 The pair leave the pits as Jenson Button splits them! Ricciardo rejoins P8 and Raikkonen P10.
Lap 9 Raikkonen pulls into the pits! Ricciardo also in there now.
Lap 8 Grosjean takes Gutierrez, while Perez follows him and overtakes his fellow Mexican.
Lap 7 Gutierrez and Grosjean are also big winners after the opening lap, they are running P11 and P12 respectively, with the Frenchman attacking his team-mate.
Lap 6 Just a two second seperating Ricciardo and Hamilton for P1...
Lap 6 Replays also show that Perez got clipped on the opening lap.
Lap 5 Replays show that Vettel came across and hit Hulkenberg into a Williams car.
Lap 5 Also worth noting, Raikkonen is also on the supersofts...
Lap 4 How long will Ricciardo last on the supersoft?
Lap 4 It has been confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg is out of the race after contact with Sebastian Vettel.
Lap 3 Huge gain from Button! The Brit is running in P11 after starting P20.
Lap 3 Vettel made contact at the start of the race, Ferrari tell him the car is fine.
Lap 3 Raikkonen takes Verstappen! Can Max keep the other Ferrari at bay though? Vettel is getting ready to pounce...
Lap 2 Hamilton pulling away now, while Ricciardo gains some ground on Rosberg.
Lap 2 Raikkonen and Verstappen battling again, the Finn is all over the youngster!
Lap 1 No start troubles for Hamilton there as he gets away cleanly, while Ricciardo's supersoft strategy proves fruitful as he pips Rosberg to P2, who was on softs.
START GREEN LIGHT! Hamilton gets the edge! RIcciardo pips Rosberg!
13:59 They're all lined up! Let's get racing!
13:58 Formation lap underway now as the non-racers get swiftly get off the track...
13:57 Drivers in their car already getting into race mode...
13:55 Gordon Ramsay in chat with Christian Horner, wonder how that conversation went down...
13:50 Ten minutes till we're underway!
13:45 The sun is shining down on Austin once again, we're in for a cracker of a race!
13:40 Nico Hulkenberg will be starting P7, while his team-mate Sergio Perez starts P11.
13:35 With Verstappen occupying P4, Kimi Raikkonen will line-up P5 on the starting grid.
13:30 The top three finishers last year were P1 Hamilton, P2 Rosberg and P3 Sebastian Vettel, who will start today's race P6 after a disappointing qualy.
13:25 This is race 56 laps long, with Nico Rosberg holding the record for the fastest lap on this circuit.
13:20 Interestingly, only six Americans have won the US Grand Prix, however, there are no American drivers on the grid. There is Team Haas though, who are based in the states.
13:15 Hamilton also has the second most USA GP wins (4), with Michael Schuamcher being the most succesful (5).
13:07 Lewis Hamilton has concerns that he will lack of performance after saying there was something wrong with his engine, Mercedes, though, has told him it will not be an issue during the race.
13:05 Lewis Hamilton will start on pole today, with Nico Rosberg behind him and Ricciardo P3.
13:00 Welcome to the Circuit of the Americas! We're underway in 60 minutes! Remember, all times are local.
14:02 Whew! That was exciting! Hamilton gets his first ever pole in Austin, join us again tomorrow for the race!
14:01 Ricciardo keeps P3! Verstappen moves back down to P4!
14:00 Rosberg goes fastest but is only beaten by his team-mate Hamilton!
13:58 Hamilton continues to be the pole sitter, Rosberg tipped to put in a late challenge.
13:56 Bottas told on the radio that he is at the front of the line to put in a fast lap.
13:54 Ricciardo goes third and Verstappen fourth, Ferrari occupying the third row.
13:53 Rosberg sets the initial fastest lap but Hamilton takes the top by a fraction!
13:51 All the big teams on the tracks, Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari all out there burning tyres in the final session.
13:50 Q3 is underway! Nico gets out the blocks first! Back on the supersofts.
13:42 Chequered flag! Out in Q2: Perez, Alonso, Kvyat, Gutierrez, Palmer, Ericsson.
13:42 Boom! Sainz pushes Alonso out! While Massa pushes Perez down!
13:42 Just under a minute left! Sainz, Kvyat and Ericsson all in the drop zone. Alonso Looks safe if he can put in a solid time.
13:40 Verstappen is running soft tyres compared to Ricciardo's supersofts.
13:38 Interestingly, Ericsson the only car out on the track.
13:36 Verstappen slots into P4! Sainz and Kvyat in P11 and P12 respectively, in the drop zone.
13:35 Ricciardo goes fastest on the supersofts!
13:33 Bottas pips Perez! Whlie Alonso slots in behind the Mexican.
13:32 Track getting much busier now!
13:31 Rosberg goes fastest, Perez slots into P3 behind Hamilton.
13:28 Ricciardo goes on the circuit on the supersoft! Mercedes have posted slower times than their times in Q1...
13:25 Mercedes the only cars driving around the track at the moment.
13:22 Green light and Mercedes opt for the soft tyre! The tyre drivers choose to use in this session will be the tyre they will start the race with, if they qualify within the top ten.
13:21 Second round of qualifying about to get underway...
13:20 Out in in Q1: Grosjean, Magnussen, Button, Wehrlein, Nasr, Ocon.
13:19 Magnussen gets pushed down into the danger zone after Gutierrez puts in a fast lap! the other Haas driver Grosjean gets kicked out!
13:18 Chequered flag and Ericsson pulls a lap out of nowhere and knocks Button back into the drop zone!
13:18 Button drags himself out of Q1! Doesn't look threatened.
13:17 Button pushing hard here to get out of the red zone!
13:16 Button desperate to save himself here.
13:15 Vettel sets a 1:37.151 and goes seventh fastest,
13:13 Gutierrez, Ocon, Wehrlein and Nasr also currently in the drop zone with five minutes left on the clock.
13:12 Jenson Button currently in the drop zone. Alonso all the up to P11.
13:10 Ricciardo sets his time and goes fourth fastes. Still no times for Ferrari.
13:08 Boom! Hamilton sets the fastest lap of weekend with 1:36.296, Rosberg goes second and Verstappen goes third.
13:07 Lewis Hamilton makes it out of the garage, there was some doubt after his engineers were frantically working on his car.
13:06 Ericsson goes fastest for the time being, putting in a 1:39.017.
13:05 Wehrlein puts in a time of 1:39.319.
13:02 Fernando Alonso also enters. Supersoft tyres the preferred choice.
13:01 Wehrlein leads the pack again.
13:00 GREEN LIGHT! We're underway. 18 minutes for the first round.
12:59 SPOTTED: Venus Williams seen chilling in the Mercedes paddock.
12:58 The sun is shining down on COTA, wonderful weather for a qualy shootout.
12:57 The track is buzzing!
12:55 We're almost underway!
12:52 Breaking: FIA confirms new stance on moving under braking in F1.
12:50 Red Bull look quite strong on this circuit, which could disrupt Mercedes' rhythm.
12:45 In case you missed it, Daniil Kvyat has been confirmed for Toro Rosso in 2017.
12:36 Kimi Raikkonen pipped Hamilton to P3, while Sebastian Vettel placed P5.
12:32 Just a little reminder of what occured during FP3: Max Verstappen topped the timesheets in final practice for the United States GP as Nico Rosberg pitted on his hot lap and Lewis Hamilton left it extremely late and caught traffic.
12:30 Welcome back to Austin for the qualifiers ahead of the United States Grand Prix!
12:03 That is it for FP3. Join us in two hours for qualifying.
12:02 Problems for Vettel as his Ferrari is surrounded by mechanics.
12:01 So Verstappen ends quickest ahead of Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Rosberg.
12:00 Hamilton crosses the line a second - literally - before the chequered flag. He is a tenth down in the first sector, catches a Sauber in the middle sector and is 0.111s down, and now backs off.
11:58 Late lap from Hamilton as he heads out new supersofts. Will he actually do a lap?
11:57 Rosberg is slower than Verstappen in the first sector by a tenth, he is 0.073 down in the second and he pits... instead of finishing the lap off the German pits. He's not stopping, going straight through to practice a start.
11:55 The championship leader heads out with Rosberg taking to the track on new supers. No sign of Hamilton yet.
11:53 Here comes Alonso and he does a 1:38.4 to go P10.
11:52 Bottas stays seventh and Massa eighth as both had scruffy middle sectors. Button splits them and Hulkenberg beats them with a P7.
11:50 Raikoknen is 0.2s down in the first sector alone, 0.296 down in the second, and his third is ruined by an off. He is P3, half a second down.
11:48 Raikkonen, Bottas and Massa are the next out.
11:47 Here comes a hot lap as Verstappen starts a flier on a new set of the supersofts and he is up through the second sector. It is a 1:36.766 for the Dutchman, putting him 0.266s up on Ricciardo.
11:45 Sainz is back in the pits and there is a Pirelli delegation waiting for him.
11:44 Ricciardo heads back out on used supersofts as Hamilton and Vettel are now both back in the pits.
11:43 A slow trip for Sainz and this time it is a rear left puncture.
11:42 Vettel tells Ferrari to "check five gear" as he felt a "loss of power." That gearbox is proving to be a problem for Ferrari this season
11:39 Vettel is back out lapping on his used supersport tyres while Hamilton is sticking with his softs for now.
11:36 Top ten: Ricciardo, Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Massa, Verstappen, Perez and Gutierrez. Tyres: supersoft, soft, soft, supersoft, supersoft, supersoft, supersoft, medium, soft and supersoft.
11:33 Hamilton on the soft tyres got second, 0.451s down.
11:31 P1 for Rosberg, nope P1 for Ricciardo on the supersofts. A 1:37.032.
11:31 P1 for Vettel with a 1:38.178, which is 0.160s up on Raikkonen's best.
11:30 Supersoft tyres for Ricciardo and Vettel, Hamilton and Rosberg are on the softs.
11:28 Traffic jam as everyone wants track space and no one wants to give it. Vettel tells Ferrari "negative, I am not going to race."
11:27 And we are back underway.
11:25 Still a red flag...
11:21 And finally Wehrlein is climbing out of his car. Trouble for the rookie as he sat out FP1 as Jordan King drove his car so he is sorely lacking in track time.
11:19 The Manor driver has spun into the gravel and is told to "turn the car off" as he is well and truly beached. He wants to be pushed out by the two mechanics are hand are not getting it anywhere. Make that four mechanics and a digger.
11:18 Wehrlein off and red flag out!
11:17 Raikkonen is out on the supersofts but he is by no means setting the stage alight. He does a 1:38.5 which puts him P1 by only by 0.461s ahead of Verstappen, who was on the medium tyres.
11:15 Problems for Sainz as he has a puncture "rear right" and is limping his way back to the pits.
11:14 Hulkenberg is out but expect him to head straight back into the reports as he reports that the "lid" is open. And yip, the full flap is open.
11:13 Perez on the soft tyres does a 1:39.559. That splits the Bulls.
11:12 Sergio Perez, Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein and Sainz are all out on track and straight into the action.
11:09 Ricciardo does a 1:39.567 to go P1 but is beaten by Verstappen with a 1:39.0. Both are on the medium tyres.
11:07 Hamilton is in no rush to be out on the circuit and as is giving some folk a tour of the Mercedes garage and is now explaining the steering wheel. And all with a huge smile on his face. He loves America.
11:06 Button pits after his second lap and Alonso follows suit. Esteban Ocon, Ricciardo and Max Verstappen now head out.
11:03 Fernando Alonso heads out in his McLaren as his team-mate Button starts a second lap.
11:02 Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button, Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg follow them out.
11:00 Green light and FP3 is underway with Vettel, Esteban Gutierrez and Kimi Raikkonen the first drivers out.
10:56 Other news is that Mercedes broke the curphew overnight to replace the fuel system on Hamilton's car.
10:55 It is another beautiful day out at the Circuit of the Americas with the track temperature up to 21'C and not even a slight chance of rain.
10:49 Breaking news this hour is that Toro Rosso have confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will partner Carlos Sainz next season. That puts an end to rumours about the Russian driver's pending axing or move to Force India.
10:42 While Red Bull and Ferrari are fighting over the 'best of the rest' title, Mercedes have already wrapped up the Constructors'. And with Ricciardo 101 points behind Rosberg, a Mercedes driver is guaranteed to win the Drivers' title. At present the odds are in Rosberg's favour as he is 33 points ahead of Hamilton.
10:36 Mercedes traded P1s in Friday's practices with Lewis Hamilton quickest in FP1 and Nico Rosberg setting the pace in FP2. Hamilton blamed "dangerous" brakes for his third-place time as he was also slower than Daniel Ricciardo. Sebastian Vettel was fourth.
10:30 Welcome back to the Circuit of the Americas for the third and final practice session for the United States GP. This session is only 60 minutes and all times are local.
15:32 Join us again tomorrow for FP3 and qualifiers!
15:30 Chequered flag is out and Rosberg tops the times!
15:28 Hamilton trying to make the most of his medium tyres now,m with two minutes left in this session.
15:26 Just under five minutes left in this session.
15:26 More debris on the track, this Esteban Gutierrez the culprit in his Haas car. No red flag though.
15:22 The track tempreture is quite warm so that could be a reason as to why the supersofts are wearing out so quickly.
15:17 Supersofts don't seem to be lasting too long throughout the grid it seems.
15:16 Kevin Magnussen running P12 now on supersofts, his tyres aren't lasting very long though.
15:14 Palmer suffers a mishap and has a spin out in sector one! Lucky to escape unscathed.
15:12 Despite being a Mercedes powered car, Williams don't look too fast on this track as both Bottas and Massa are both running out of the top ten.
15:09 Everyone out on the track expect Wehrlein. who is still in the pits.
15:08 Drivers now putting in some serious laps as the number of times they go around the track continues to tick.
15:05 Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio running comfortably in the top ten, looking very encouraging.
15:00 And we're underway again! The debris is removed and the drivers make their way back onto the circuit after a quick break.
14:59 It is not clear as of yet where the debris has come from.
14:58 Hold up! Looks like there is too much debris on the track and the session is red flagged!
14:55 Teams doing long runs now...
14:52 No changes to the times it seems!
14:50 Rosberg and Hamilton on supersofts now, interesting to see where they place, with the Brit behind Ricciardo on the times.
14:46 Alonso shows some quick pace as he jumps to P8 after his run on supersofts, but Button goes ahead of him! Brilliant drive from the Brit.
14:42 Woah! Felipe Nasr just did an impressive 1:39.189 and is now running 11th ahead of the two Williams, while Ericsson is almost a full second slower than him.
14:40 Most teams on the grid now running on supersofts.
14:37 Hamilton couldn't match Rosberg's pace and places third with a 1:37.649, while Ricciardo goes second with 1:37.55.
14:35 Rosberg tops his own time on the supersofts! Ricciardo on a hot lap now.
14:32 Interestingly, Red Bull gives news about Raikkonen to Verstappen about the supersofts...
14:28 Kimi suffers a blunder! His supersoft wheel hits the curb and the Finn went off the track, luckily though he recovers.
14:26 Ricciardo now running P3 after pipping his team-mate by a fraction with his first run on softs.
14:25 Most teams in the pits now, expected to head out on the supersoft tyres.
14:20 Rosberg's tyres seem to wearing off already, with hims telling his team on the radio: "Strange, I lost some grip there."
14:19 YELLOW FLAGS! Esteban Ocon goes off the track into the gravel.
14:18 Hamilton, though, is on mediums, and is only 0.3s behind his German team-mate.
14:15 BOOM! Rosberg goes fastest on soft compounds whlie Hamilton goes second. Verstappen and Ricciardo go third and fourth fastest respectively.
14:15 Vettel topping the times so far, with a time of 1:38.892.
14:13 Drivers favouring the soft tyres in this session, including Max Verstappen.
14:08 Whoopsie, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen got into a little tussle, the Finn seems to have been blocking Alonso on his out lap. Practice racing it seems...
14:05 Esteban Gutierrez also enters the track now for Haas, very big occasion for them.
14:02 Wehrlein also leads the troops onto the track.
14:01 The sun is beating on the track as Sergio Perez and Pascal Wehrlein get their first taste of the track after sitting out the first session.
14:00 We're all geared up! Green light signals the start of the session!
13:54 Austin looks buzzing!
13:50 We're almost under for a 90 minute practice session on this fast-paced American circuit!
13:46 Also worth noting, this Haas' first ever home race in the team's history, with this season being their first in the sport.
13:42 Sebastian Vettel finished the day eighth fastest, behind Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo.
13:37 Continuing his good form, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was third fastest, with Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen finishing FP1 fourth quickest.
13:35 During FP1, Hamilton went around the track two laps less than his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished second fastest.
13:32 Just recap of earliers action: Lewis Hamilton was quickest in Friday's opening practice for the United States GP but Nico Rosberg achieved the P2 he needs on Sunday to continue his title run.
13:30 Welcome back to COTA! We're underway in about 30 minutes for the second free practice session.
11:31 Join us in two hours for the build-up to FP2. Cheers.
11:30 The chequered flag is out on FP1 and Hamilton ends quickest of all. Rosberg, though, is the P2 he needs to continue his title run.
11:28 Two minutes remaining.
11:26 Haas are double stacking to practice starts but Gutierrez, who is in front of Grosjean, is not moving. Out come Haas mechanics to walk their cars back to the garage.Shake of the head as Grosjean is also not getting going.
11:25 Magnussen is in the pits and out of the car,
11:22 Hamilton joins his team-mate on the track with his used softs, they are eight laps old.
11:19 Rosberg is back out on an old set of soft tyres, which have done 11 laps.
11:17 An unhappy Max: "I want to box, way too much understeer."
11:16 A close encounter between Verstappen and Grosjean as the Red Bull driver easily catches the Haas but doesn't so easily pass.
11:13 Gutierrez jumps to 13 but loses that moments later to his Haas team-mate Grosjean.
11:11 VSC is lifted and the drivers can go at speed again.
11:10 VSC is out as the marshals want to collect the piece of debris that came off Vettel's car.
11:09 It is all happening now as Vettel has lost a piece of his Ferrari and is having to hold his mirror as it is loose.
11:07 "Something is not working, it's like super-low power," Ericsson tells Sauber.
11:06 Problem for Ericsson as he is in first gear and slowly trying to get his way back to the pits.
11:05 "No rear grip, I think the tyres are going away," is Button's assessment.
11:03 Spin for Kvyat as he loses the car with an oversteer moment.
11:00 Hamilton's next lap is a 1:37.428, which puts him 0.315s ahead of Rosberg who is back in the pits.
10:58 Hamilton is purple in the first sector but backs off after a small mistake. He slows it down to save the tyres for a second flying lap.
10:57 Tut, tut, Hamilton is causing problems for others. "Traffic with Hamilton in Turn 1," reports Sainz.
10:56 Despite that Max jumps up to third place, 1.6s off Rosberg's soft tyre pace.
10:55 Red Bull are sticking with the medium tyres for now as both Verstappen and Ricciardo are out on brand new mediums.
10:54 Rosberg takes P1 off Hamilton with a 1:37.743. And now Hamilton heads out on a set of the soft tyres.
10:52 Bottas goes third quickest on a new set of soft tyres, a second off the pace, as Rosberg heads back out on a set of soft tyres.
10:50 Good improvement from Alonso as he jumps up to sixth place. He is 1.6s off the pace.
10:48 Bottas, P6, and Magnussen, P17, head out.
10:47 Alonso joins his team-mate out on track but he is using the soft tyres. Button improves to P11.
10:45 Button is the first driver back out as he swaps his soft tyres for a new set of the medium Pirellis.
10:44 Toro Rosso have reported that they will remove the Halo from Kvyat's car before he heads back out.
10:40 All 22 drivers are back in the pits with Hamilton top and King bottom.
10:39 Another improvement from Hulkenberg and he takes fourth place off Raikkonen.
10:36 Rosberg and Hamilton are both back in the pits after their first runs.
10:35 Seven laps in on his soft tyre run and Ericsson reports: "Got a lot of graining on the front tyre."
10:33 A 1:38.701 for Hamilton and the gap is up but Rosberg immediately lowers it to 0.337s.
10:32 Hulkenberg jumps to fifth on the supersofts while Sainz slots into P8 on the soft tyres.
10:31 Mercedes have set their opening times on the supersoft tyres, Ferrari are on the softs, as are Williams while Verstappen and Ricciardo are seventh and eighth on the mediums.
10:29 Rosberg fights back and is now 0.478s slower than his team-mate.
10:28 Hamilton is on another flier, purple in the first and second sectors. It is a 1:38.943 and the gap is back up to a second.
10:27 Rosberg ups is pace but he is still 0.720s slower than Hamilton. Raikkonen is third ahead of Vettel, Massa and Bottas. 17 times on the board.
10:26 A spin for Palmer at Turn 18.
10:25 Verstappen is not happy with his Red Bull and reports that he is "hitting the limiter in eighth gear."
10:23 But now we have a 1:39.246 for Hamilton, who is a second faster than Rosberg.
10:22 And it is all change as Rosberg does a 1:40.233 on the soft tyres to go P1. Bottas is up to second.
10:21 Alonso jumps up to second, 0.036s down, while King shaves seconds off his time but remains 3 seconds down.
10:20 A 1:42.7 for Raikkonen.
10:19 Bottas, Vettel, Kvyat, Alonso, Palmer, Celis, Verstappen, Rosberg and Hamilton join the action.
10:16 He lays down a 1:47.8 as Raikkonen ventures out in the SF16-H.
10:15 Still a traffic-free circuit for King as he starts his first flying lap on the soft tyres.
10:13 King heads out to start his first proper run in F1.
10:11 Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso is also carrying the Halo and, as it is still on, he's likely to do some serious running with it.
10:07 Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen are the last two drivers to leave the pits for an installation lap.
10:06 Fernando Alonso is back in the pits with a rather orange McLaren as it has been flo-vised to here and back. And a great wall of McLaren personnel surrounding the car as they try keep the cameras at bay.
10:05 Max Verstappen is back in the pits for a new nose but the aero sensors stay on as he heads back out in his RB12.
10:03 Medium, soft and supersoft tyres are the order of the weekend as Rosberg, the World Championship leader, exits the pits.
10:02 Haas are wanting a points-scoring result this weekend as this is the American team's home race. Haven't been able to say American team and home race for many, many years.
10:01 Immediate takers from Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel - the 2013 US GP winner, Daniil Kvyat, Ocon, Esteban Gutierrez, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean.
10:00 Green light and FP1 is underway at the Circuit of the Americas.
09:58 It is Valtteri Bottas who is running the Halo at Williams and Nico Hulkenberg is also having a go at Force India.
09:55 Five minutes to the start of FP1 and it is dry in Austin with glorious blue skies overhead. Air temperature is 17'C and the track is up to 22.
09:52 The Halo is back in action today as Ocon is scheduled to join the list of those trialing the cockpit protection device. Williams are also running Halo.
09:48 Two development drivers in action this practice as Jordan King makes his grand prix debut with Manor and Alfonso Celis Jr is back behind the wheel of the VJM09 for his fifth FP1 session of the season.
09:43 The good news is that Austin is expected to stay warm and dry throughout this weekend, which means fans will get plenty of action for their bucks as opposed to last season which was a wash-out.
09:39 Further down the grid time is running out for drivers looking to impress and secure a 2017 race-seat. Force India, Renault, Toro Rosso and Haas all have one seat available while Sauber and Manor have both up for grabs. Daniil Kvyat has recently been linked to the Force India seat but insists Toro Rosso is still an option. Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein are reportedly vying for the Renault seat, or even the Force India one. Esteban Gutierrez needs to score to secure his Haas future and Sauber and Manor will go to talent with money - the former not necessarily required.
09:34 With Austin marking the 18th round of a 21-race season, things are getting serious - not only for this season but next year as well. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton resume battle for the World title with the German leading by 33 points. All Rosberg needs is to finish P2 in the remaining four races and he will have this first Drivers' Championship title.
09:30 Welcome to the Circuit of the Americas, home of the United States Grand Prix. All times are local.
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.014 1:38:12.618 2
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:42.797 4.520 2
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:46.360 19.692 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:40.558 43.134 3
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:45.409 93.953 2
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:46.696 96.124 2
7 Felipe Massa Williams 2:01.166 1 LAP 3
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:48.803 1 LAP 2
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:45.055 1 LAP 2
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:45.406 1 LAP 2
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:45.149 1 LAP 1
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:43.694 1 LAP 3
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:44.840 1 LAP 2
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:46.252 1 LAP 1
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:44.117 1 LAP 1
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:47.578 1 LAP 2
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:48.156 1 LAP 2
18 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:44.672 2 LAPS 3
R Max Verstappen Red Bull RETIRED 57 LAPS 2
R Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari RETIRED 57 LAPS 3
R Nico Hulkenberg Force India RETIRED 57 LAPS 1
R Esteban Gutierrez Haas RETIRED 57 LAPS 2
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.999 - 5
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.215 0.216 5
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.509 0.510 4
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.747 0.748 4
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.131 1.132 4
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.358 1.359 4
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.628 1.629 4
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.116 2.117 4
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:37.417 1.162 3
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.269 2.270 4
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.353 1.098 3
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:37.326 2.327 5
Driver Standings
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:36.255 - 4
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.351 0.096 5
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.450 0.195 5
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.462 0.207 4
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.584 0.329 4
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.626 0.371 4
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.857 0.602 4
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:37.175 0.920 5
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.202 0.947 4
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.214 0.959 4
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.353 1.098 4
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:37.417 1.162 4
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.480 1.225 4
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:37.773 1.518 3
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:37.935 1.680 3
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:38.317 2.021 1
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:38.520 2.224 1
16 Jenson Button McLaren 1:38.327 2.031 1
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.356 3.101 3
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.296 - 5
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.397 0.101 5
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.613 0.317 4
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:36.759 0.463 4
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.950 0.654 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.985 0.689 4
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.151 0.855 4
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.345 1.049 4
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.402 1.106 4
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.456 1.160 5
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:37.744 1.448 5
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.844 1.548 4
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:37.913 1.617 4
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:38.040 1.744 3
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:38.053 1.757 3
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:38.084 1.788 3
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:38.308 2.012 2
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:38.317 2.021 2
19 Jenson Button McLaren 1:38.327 2.031 2
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:38.548 2.252 3
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:38.583 2.287 2
22 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:38.806 2.510 3
Driver Standings
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.766 - 4
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:37.032 0.266 2
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.284 0.518 6
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.483 0.717 5
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.784 1.018 5
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.894 1.128 4
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:37.948 1.182 5
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:38.188 1.422 6
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:38.212 1.446 5
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.452 1.686 5
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.512 1.746 3
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:38.528 1.762 3
13 Felipe Massa Williams 1:38.607 1.841 3
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.691 1.925 2
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.710 1.944 2
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:38.939 2.173 4
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.097 2.331 4
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:39.105 2.339 3
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.239 2.473 3
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:39.509 2.743 4
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:39.771 3.005 3
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:41.427 4.661 2
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.358 - 6
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:37.552 0.194 5
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.649 0.291 5
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.178 0.820 7
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.258 0.900 4
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:38.508 1.150 4
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.568 1.210 4
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:38.713 1.355 4
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.801 1.443 5
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.865 1.507 7
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.971 1.613 4
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:39.159 1.801 6
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:39.189 1.831 3
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.197 1.839 5
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.202 1.844 5
16 Felipe Massa Williams 1:39.281 1.923 5
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.455 2.097 4
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.554 2.196 6
19 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:40.086 2.728 4
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:40.114 2.756 5
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:40.219 2.861 4
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:41.131 3.773 5
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.428 - 5
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.743 0.315 6
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:39.379 1.951 6
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:39.407 1.979 6
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:39.712 2.284 5
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.776 2.348 5
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.963 2.535 4
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.988 2.560 7
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:40.131 2.703 4
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:40.140 2.712 5
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1:40.191 2.763 6
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:40.287 2.859 5
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.362 2.934 8
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.826 3.398 3
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:40.970 3.542 3
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:41.170 3.742 4
17 Alfonso Celis Force India 1:41.422 3.994 5
18 Jenson Button McLaren 1:41.663 4.235 5
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:41.942 4.514 5
20 Jordan King Manor 1:42.012 4.584 4
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:42.332 4.904 5
22 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:43.874 6.446 4
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