The recently concluded USA Grand Prix in Austin, Texas saw total domination of Renault-powered racing cars. Grabbing the center of the podium was Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, followed by second placer Romain Grosjean of Lotus F1 Team. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber secured the last place on the podium.
This will be the fifth time this season that Renault-powered cars swept the podium following races in Bahrain, Germany, South Korea and Japan. Another Renault-powered driver, Valtteri Bottas of Williams F1 Team was eighth while teammate Pastor Maldonado crossed the finish line at 17th.
Lotus F1 Team, also powered by a Renault engine, saw its newest driver Heikki Kovalainen, finish 15th at the USA Grand Prix. Kovalainen managed to start at P8 and was in the top ten until he entered a pit stop to change a broken front wing, which caused him to fall to 17th.
A malfunctioning KERS only allowed the Finn finish 15th at the best.Caterham F1 Team finished the USA Grand Prix with Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic taking 19th and 20th places respectively.
With one race left in the season, Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads with 553 points, Mercedes with 348, Ferrari with 333 and Lotus with 315. Their racing units are powered by Renault RS27 V8 engine and will see one more leg of racing action in Brazil.
The podium finish at Austin for Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull team will be the 51st win for the RS27 and the 59th for the V8, which could be extended further when the last race occurs next week in Interlagos. [source: Renault]