Drivers face a dirty inside line in Austin

By Ubaid Parkar, 18 November 2012
© AP Photo/Darron Cummings

The even numbered starting grid positions at the Circuit of The Americas for the United States Grand Prix is an odd proposition for the drivers to contend with.

Drivers are concerned about starting from the dirty side of the grid worried that there won’t be any adequate grip when the five red lights go out on Sunday.

“I did a launch from it earlier on in P3 and it was quite slippery. Hopefully it's is just about getting a good start,” said second-placed Lewis Hamilton after qualifying.

Competitors on the inside line will be hoping that the authorities will clean up the side so the drivers in question have a chance to at least keep their positions at the start.

"I hope I can get away well. I hope… going to ask Charlie (Whiting) to clean that side of the grid so the people on that side get an equal start and hope that I can fight Sebastian (Vettel) down to Turn 1,” the McLaren driver added.

Felipe Massa qualified seventh but after Romain Grosjean’s penalty, the Brazilian will now start sixth, compromising the Ferrari driver.

“Starting from the dirty side of the track is definitely not helpful: it’s the first time we’re not happy about gaining a grid position!” Massa said.


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