As the excitement continues to build leading up to this weekend’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ in Austin, Texas, we start to look at which F1® drivers will be showing up this year.
Sports enthusiasts across the globe made their love for this event known, as it was voted the “2012 Sports Event of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. Fans and publications aren’t the only ones to fancy this event, as the drivers have shown love for it too, praising the new Circuit of The Americas™ track, which they experienced for the first time in 2012.
German F1® driver Nico Hulkenberg said in an article last week,
“Austin is a place everyone in Formula One likes, and I certainly like it…” Crash.net
The Elite Eight of Formula 1™
Throughout the 2013 series, eight drivers have stood out in standings, representing four different teams and seven different countries. Each of these drivers may be well ahead of most of their competition, but each has been neck and neck with one of their competitors – some within only a few points.
Below are the close matchups that everyone should look out for next weekend because when the competition is this close, it’s anyone’s game.
Although the point difference between Alonso and Vettel are much larger than most of our Elite matchups, the standings show the real story. Both of these drivers have entered countless Grand Prixs, won several World Championships and had numerous podium finishes.
While Vettel has one championship win on Alonso, Alonso has had a podium finish in nearly 44% of his races, compared to Vettel’s 32%. On a point scale, Alonso has 130 on Vettel this series, but when you consider their points to the amount of Grand Prixs each driver has entered, Vettel averages 11.9 points per race compared to Alonso’s 7.4 points.
These Elite Eight Formula 1™ rivalries are what make this weekend’s USGP so important, because EVERYTHING could change in Austin, Texas.
The Final Four of Formula 1™
To keep the NCAA terms going when referring to this F1® series, consider the top teams – Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus. Each of our Elite Eight drivers drives for one of these four teams, making them by far the most dominating teams in the series. Below are the current team standings:
Red Bull Racing - 513
Mercedes - 334
Ferrari - 323
Lotus - 297
The question is whether or not you want to be there to see it for yourself.