Max Verstappen holds off Lewis Hamilton to win US Grand Prix

Red Bulls’ Max Verstappen held off a hard charging Lewis Hamilton to extend his Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship lead with victory at the US Grand Prix.

Verstappen opted to pit earlier than expected twice and on both occassions the decision paid off as the Dutchman was able to overtake his championship rival.

Hamilton can’t get DRS

Hamilton fought hard to get within the DRS zone in the final three laps of the race, but in the end Verstappen did enough to keep the Mercedes out of reach, though it was desperately close.

Verstappen held his nerve though as a mistake by Hamilton on the final lap ensured that the Red Bull didn’t have to fend off a last-ditch overtake attempt.

Red Bull’s second driver, Sergio Perez, rounded off the podium, a finish that strengthens the team’s bid for the constructor’s title with Valtteri Bottas only managing sixth.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished fourth again while Daniel Ricciardo came home fifth in his McLaren, while their respective teammates were seventh and eighth.

Yuki Tsunoda picked up some championship points with a ninth place finish and Sebastain Vettel’s late charge earned the final point.

US Grand Prix results

1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 56 Laps
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team + 1.333s
3 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing + 42.223s
4 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow + 52.246s
5 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team + 76.854s
6 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team + 80.128s
7 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow + 83.545s
8 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 84.395s
9 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda + 1 Lap
10 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team + 1 Lap
11 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen + 1 Lap
12 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team + 1 Lap
13 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen + 1 Lap
14 George Russell GBR Williams Racing + 1 Lap
15 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing + 1 Lap
16 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team + 2 Laps
17 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team + 2 Laps
DNF Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team DNF
DNF Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team DNF
DNF Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda DNF

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