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United States 2012 - Rate the race // Unusual headwear, strategy decisions and much more

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It's that time again, time to decide how you think the racing action delivered at the brand new Circuit of the Americas. With so much speculation going into the race weekend, it was intriguing to watch the action unfold and see if the reality could live up to the hyperbole.

Rate the United States GP

Rate the United States GP

111 votes

The awesome turn one didn't quite deliver the first lap chaos we'd expected, but there was plenty of overtaking there to make up for it. No safety car periods occurred despite the very close racing we saw. There was a distinct lack of strategy and pit stops, with just two drivers stopping twice.

There was a lot of concern about grip, about dirty sides of the track, and about the action going into that fearsome turn one, but how did it all pan out when the drivers got underway?

Rate Pirelli's tyre selection for Austin

99 votes

There was a serious lack of strategy involved in the racing this weekend, with almost all the drivers opting for a one stop strategy. Only Michael Schumacher and Paul di Resta stopped twice, with the rest happy to change their tyres just a single time.

What did you make of the circuit layout?

106 votes

Turn one got the most attention, but with one long back straight and a whole heap of twisting and turning sections, the rest of the Circuit of the Americas provided entertainment as well. It's still a track developed by Tilke though, so how does it fare?

Meanwhile, there was a change in proceedings on the podium, and an intriguing mid-race reaction from Vettel - both of which require your rating.

Rate Vettel's attitude over the radio

103 votes

We heard a complaint or two from the championship leader when he lost his first place position to Lewis Hamilton. Is the pressure starting to tell on the German or does he just not like losing out?

How fab were the podium Stetsons?

114 votes

In a slight change to proceedings, Pirelli provided the podium finishers with black Stetsons adorned with their yellow logo, rather than the more traditional baseball cap. A bit of fun or a silly affectation?

As ever, feel free to vote entirely incognito, or share your thoughts and ratings in the comments. We'd love to hear what score you gave the race, the hats and more!

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