F1 returns this weekend with the front end of a North American doubleheader in Austin, Texas and the United States Grand Prix. With Max Verstappen already having clinched his second straight world drivers championship, the focus shifts to tight races for second – just one point separates Red Bull's Sergio Perez (253) and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc (252) – and fourth – Mercedes' George Russell (207) sits five points ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr. (202).
Here is what you need to know to for the United States Grand Prix:
United States Grand Prix TV/streaming schedule
Fans in the United States can watch practices, qualifying and the race on TV via the ABC/ESPN family of networks or stream it via ESPN or F1TV Pro.
(All times ET)
Sunday, Oct. 23
Pre-race show: 1:30 - 2:55 p.m. (ABC)
United States Grand Prix: 2:55 - 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
United States Grand Prix starting grid
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT
Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
George Russell, Mercedes
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes
Lando Norris, McLaren
Fernando Alonso, Alpine
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT
Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT
Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault
Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari
Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes
Top drivers and best bets for the United States Grand Prix
Verstappen is once again the heavy favorite for the race win as he is the only driver entering with a negative moneyline at -225 according to BetMGM. Perez and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton follow at +700 apiece, while Leclerc and Sainz Jr. both enter at +1000.
Owing to the track characteristics suiting the Red Bull powertrain, Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg is backing them in several areas: Verstappen to take pole (+100), Perez to secure a podium (+100) and Verstappen to score the race's fastest lap (+125).
As for history at Circuit of the Americas, Hamilton is the winningest driver at the circuit, claiming five of the first six race wins from 2012 - 2017, while Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel each have notched one win there. No race at COTA has been won from outside the front row, making Saturday’s twilight qualifying session all the more important.
United States Grand Prix weather
The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s. COTA's newly resurfaced tarmac (due to bumps from sinking ground beneath) shouldn't chew up tires even with the warm temperatures, meaning most teams will likely opt for a one-stop strategy.