Cumulative results heading into fifth USGP at COTA

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Hard as it is to believe, this year marks the fifth United States Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.

Lewis Hamilton heads into the weekend needing to secure his fourth win here in five years, having only lost in 2013 when Sebastian Vettel won for Red Bull.

Hamilton, then of McLaren, made a famous pass of Vettel to win in 2012, and then has done the same on Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg each of the last two years to win in 2014 and 2015.

Last year’s win sealed his third World Championship. Twelve months later, Hamilton heads to Austin down 33 points to Rosberg with four races remaining – even if he wins out, Rosberg would still win the title if he finished second in each race.

Hamilton has not scored a pole here though. Rosberg’s won the last two, Vettel the first two before the change in formula prior to 2014.

Vettel was in the record books for the furthest back to start at COTA to make it to the points; he came from the pit lane (18th) to seventh for Red Bull in 2014. Last year though, Carlos Sainz Jr. beat that mark by coming from 20th to seventh in the water-logged and heavy attrition race.

Only 10 drivers have competed in every USGP at COTA. They are, with their best finish:

  • Lewis Hamilton (three wins)
  • Nico Rosberg (two second-places)
  • Sebastian Vettel (one win)
  • Felipe Massa (two fourth-places)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (one third-place)
  • Sergio Perez (one fifth-place)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (one sixth-place)
  • Fernando Alonso (one third-place)
  • Jenson Button (one fifth-place)
  • Romain Grosjean (one second-place)

Here’s been the podiums the first four years:

  • 2015: 1-Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2-Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3-Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2014: 1-Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2-Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3-Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
  • 2013: 1-Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2-Romain Grosjean (Lotus), 3-Mark Webber (Red Bull)
  • 2012: 1-Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 2-Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 3-Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

Here’s the cumulative results of all drivers competing in this year’s United States Grand Prix with their records at Circuit of The Americas. Hamilton, of note, also has a win at the previous USGP site in Indianapolis in 2007, a race where Vettel made his Grand Prix debut and scored a point by finishing eighth for BMW Sauber.

Hamilton and Vettel are the only two drivers, additionally, who have scored in every USGP at COTA.

Three drivers – Jolyon Palmer, Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein – make their USGP debuts.

The grid is ordered below based on 2015 Constructor’s Championship standings, by team.

2015 2014 2013 2012
ST FIN ST FIN ST FIN ST FIN
1 44 Lewis Hamilton GB Mercedes 2 1 2 1 5 4 2 1
2 6 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes 1 2 1 2 12 9 17 13
3 5 Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari 13 3 PL 7 1 1 1 2
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari 18 16-R 8 13 DNP DNP 4 6
5 19 Felipe Massa BRZ Williams 7 17-R 4 4 13 12 11 4
6 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams 16 19-R 3 5 9 8
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 3 10 5 3 10 11 18 12
8 33 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull 8 4
9 11 Sergio Perez MEX Force India 5 5 11 17-R 7 7 15 11
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India 6 14-R 13 16-R 4 6 6 8
11 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Renault 7 8
12 30 Jolyon Palmer GB Renault First USGP
13 26 Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 4 13-R 17 15
14 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. SPN Toro Rosso 20 7
15 9 Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber 14 15-R DNP DNP
16 12 Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber 15 9
17 14 Fernando Alonso SPN McLaren 9 11 6 6 6 5 7 3
18 22 Jenson Button GB McLaren 11 6 12 12 15 10 12 5
19 31 Esteban Ocon FRA Manor First USGP
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein GER Manor First USGP
21 8 Romain Grosjean FRA Haas 10 18-R 16 11 3 2 8 7
22 21 Esteban Gutierrez MEX Haas 15 14 20 13

Key: ST-Started, FIN-Finished, R-Retired, PL-Pit Lane, DNP-Did Not Participate but was active in that season

Here’s the team breakdown of every USGP result at COTA since 2012. Haas, of course, makes its debut this year.

Eight of 10 teams scored here last year, the only exceptions being Williams and Manor. This race also marks Sauber’s most recent points scoring appearance, with Felipe Nasr having come ninth last year.

A funny statistical quirk is that the grid size has not been the same in successive USGPs at COTA since it started. There were 24 cars in 2012, then 22 in 2013, down to 18 in 2014 with Manor and Caterham absent, then back to 20 last year with Manor’s return, and back to 22 this year with Haas’ arrival.

Teams that have scored at the USGP at COTA every year are:

  • Ferrari
  • Red Bull
  • Renault (as Lotus)
  • McLaren

Finishing results are below:

2015 2014 2013 2012
Car 1 Car 2 Car 1 Car 2 Car 1 Car 2 Car 1 Car 2
Mercedes 1 2 1 2 4 9 13 16
Ferrari 3 16-R 6 13 5 12 3 4
Williams 17-R 19-R 4 5 8 17 9 10
Red Bull 10 13-R 3 7 1 3 2 23-R
Force India 5 14-R 16-R 17-R 15 22-R 8 15
Renault 8 18-R 9 11 2 14 6 7
Toro Rosso 7 13-R 10 15 11 16 12 24-R
Sauber 9 15-R 14 18-R 6 13 11 14
McLaren 6 11 8 12 7 10 1 5
Manor 12 20-R DNP DNP 18 21 19 20

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”