And so begins the true end of the season. The end where ‘minnows’ run out of money, and drivers futures are in question. The coming race, in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), takes place over the Halloween weekend. A few things have come to light in the last weeks since Sochi, so I’ll try to address them here.
First on the list is Caterham, who’s physical assets have been confiscated from their factory in Leafield UK. Some older equipment has been removed, as well as what seemed to be some 2014 parts and equipment. The team have been placed in the hands of an administrator, and are hoping for a buyer of some sort.
Second is Marussia, who, although running in second to last place, which will get them certain prize money, has asked to be placed into administration. This is unfortunate as the team has been in a difficult spot since the accident in Suzuka. The owner has poured ~$185 million into the team, and decided that was about enough. While there aren’t people pining to purchase the team, a couple of Brits are close to a potential deal.
Being the second newest track on the F1 calendar, COTA delivers a lot of what the other tracks on the calendar have, but all in one track. A lot of elevation change, and a new slick surface makes for an exciting race. Tyre strategy will come into play this year because they’ve dropped the compounds to medium and soft. Let’s take a look at what Pirelli have to say.
Pirelli COTA Preview
COTA is a favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to watch the NBCSports coverage. However, it may be bittersweet, considering we are looking at 18 cars on the grid for this race. FOM and the FIA are discussing how the qualifying sessions will work, since Q1 would almost be pointless with 18 cars. I’m interested to find out their solution, and if they make any changes. Join me this weekend with your leftover Halloween candy for the US Grand Prix at COTA.