Top ten pictures from the 2016 United States Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2016 United States Grand Prix weekend.

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

A new look for the Halo: Valtteri Bottas became the latest driver to test the device but his was painted to match the Williams.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

There was no repeat of last year’s waterlogged weekend at Austin, meaning the fans at the top of the observation tower enjoyed a splendid view of the circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo’s helmet

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

Daniel Ricciardo wore a special helmet in tribute to stuntman Evel Knievel.

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

The Haas developed a worrying tendency to shed parts during practice, but Romain Grosjean delivered a point for the team in its home race.


Start, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

Lewis Hamilton will have enjoyed the view in his mirrors on lap one, as Ricciardo got in between him and Nico Rosberg.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

Would Rosberg have passed Ricciardo? The Virtual Safety Car meant we never got to find out.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

More disappointment for Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen’s third pit stop proved to be one too many.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

Fernando Alonso equalled McLaren-Honda’s best result of the season by passing Massa and Sainz for fifth.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

Hamilton did the maximum he could to win the championship but Rosberg achieved the minimum he needs to secure the crown.


Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

Mercedes celebrated their latest one-two with American sporting stars Lindsey Vonn, who tested a Formula V8 3.5 car earlier this year, and Venus Williams.

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11 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2016 United States Grand Prix”

  1. Ugh, why are Lindsey and Venus in the team shot. I guess I should be happy it wasn’t Justin Bieber.


    1. +1! Or at least, be discreet about it, like Christoph Waltz

    2. I’m sure they were asked to be in it. I doubt they just put themselves there.

      1. I’m not upset with Lindsey or Venus, and there are places for celebrities in F1. But they didn’t do anything to earn those trophies, and it detracts from all the hard work done by everyone else in that picture.

        1. I completely agree, I’m just saying it was probably the team or someone from it (I’m guessing HAM) that put them in the pic.

    3. and gordon ramsy and the rest of the “slebs”

  2. The correct catchphrase is ‘Red Bull gives you wiings’. two i’s. Nice to see a custom helmet design. Hope the FIA don’t give him a grid penalty for having fun.

  3. #GetCelebretiesOutOfF1 +1000
    Pathetic. Oh look…there are celebrities in the audience, this must be an exciting sport! (camera pans to celebrity when there is finally action on the track after 15 minutes of parade racing) Uhhggghhh!

  4. I seldom know who the ‘celebs’ are, even once their name is captioned, so I definitely don’t care.

  5. Great helmet for Ric, will he get a fine though? He used his one off custom (and frankly stunning) design at Monaco?

  6. The difference between certain ‘celebs’ attending is striking. After one of the practice sessions they bumped into a surfer (can’t recall his name as I’m not a fan of the sport, but presumably he’s noteworthy) and proceeded with an impromptu interview where he detailed his genuine interest in F1, his extensive car collection (some genuine classics as well, not ‘I’m rich so I own a Ferrari California), and the prospect of a Grand Prix up the side of a volcano in Hawaii. Top marks. Compare this to Brundle trying to get blood from a stone on the grid with V. Williams prior to the race, he was no doubt looking for some inane 10 second ‘go Lewis’ remark from her but she completely ignored him despite clearly being able to hear his question, standing as she was less than an arm’s length away. So, so arrogant. It’s not as if she’s a paying punter, simply a know-nothing (with regards to motor racing, at least) ‘star’ given free admittance as a guest of Mercedes. Surely a bit of enthusiasm for the event and the people whose work generates the interest in it that allows her to be there for free is to be expected at the very least.

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