F1 returns to the Circuit of the Americas this weekend for the highly anticipated US Grand Prix. This marks the fifth sprint weekend of the season and fans are eager to see who will come out on top.
In the previous race in Qatar, Max Verstappen secured the 2023 world title and clinched his 14th grand prix victory of the season. However, it was McLaren’s Oscar Piastri who stole the show, winning the sprint race and finishing second in the grand prix. Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, had a forgettable weekend, crashing into his Mercedes teammate George Russell. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari were part of the chasing pack, while Lando Norris secured a podium finish for McLaren.
Last year’s race at COTA saw Verstappen emerge as the winner in a thrilling battle with Hamilton, who is yet to secure a victory since the 2021 season. However, Hamilton has a strong record at this circuit, with five previous wins. Leclerc claimed pole position in qualifying for Sunday’s grand prix.
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Great move by Verstappen as he takes the lead from Norris. Hamilton overtakes and moves up to second place. The race kicks off with Norris leading from the start. Both Haas and Aston Martin cars started from the pit lane, while Prince Harry was in attendance at the Circuit of the Americas. Verstappen emerged victorious in the sprint race on Saturday.
In an interview after finishing second, Hamilton expressed his hopefulness but indicated that they needed more laps. He expressed his love for the United States and how welcome he has always felt here. Verstappen, after winning the race, congratulated his opponent on a tough race.
In the end, Verstappen clinched the win, with Hamilton finishing in second place and Norris in third. Check out the top-10 results for the US Grand Prix. Hamilton commended his team for their fantastic work and thanked them for not giving up on him.
Verstappen claims victory at the US Grand Prix! It was a tight race, but Verstappen managed to secure the win by a mere two seconds. This marks his 50th win in Formula 1. Hamilton put up a terrific fight but settled for second place. Norris finished third. The top-10 positions were filled by Sainz, Perez, Leclerc, Russell, Gasly, Stroll, and Tsunoda, who set the fastest lap.
As the race neared its end, Verstappen grew increasingly frustrated, asking his team to stop talking during braking. The gap between Verstappen and Hamilton narrowed to three seconds, while Leclerc fell behind and was overtaken by Perez. Hamilton made a brilliant move to secure second place, overtaking Norris. Verstappen expressed his anger on the team radio due to his brake issues.
Leclerc conceded his position to Sainz, much to his dismay. Hamilton’s medium tires allowed him to close in on Norris, reducing the gap to less than two seconds. Hamilton overtook Leclerc to claim third place. In a thrilling battle, Verstappen and Norris both succeeded in overtaking Leclerc. Verstappen ultimately emerged as the leader, overtaking Norris at turn 12. However, Verstappen will have to make another pit stop, while Norris may not need to.
McLaren decided to switch to plan B, with their focus now on Verstappen’s pit stop. Norris pitted, coming out in sixth place. Red Bull responded with Verstappen’s pit stop, but he still maintained a comfortable lead over Norris. Hamilton made a much-needed pit stop, but it was slower than expected, allowing Verstappen to regain the lead.
Leclerc chose not to pit and remained in the lead, with Norris right behind him. Verstappen closed in on Norris, who was struggling with his hard tires. The battle between Norris and Verstappen seemed inevitable. Hamilton, however, was gaining ground, closing the gap to Verstappen.
McLaren made the surprising decision to pit Norris again, opting for hard tires. Verstappen expressed his frustration with his brakes on the team radio. Despite the challenges, Verstappen maintained a lead of 3.3 seconds over Norris, with Hamilton in pursuit. Norris showed impressive resilience, staying close behind Verstappen. Sainz set the fastest lap of the race on medium tires, and Perez also posed a threat in fifth place.
Verstappen’s overtaking move at turn 12 secured him the lead. Norris tried to fight back but couldn’t regain his position. Verstappen took the lead, but he will have to make another pit stop, unlike Norris. Will McLaren’s strategy pay off, or will Verstappen’s pit stop be the deciding factor?
As the race unfolded, Verstappen closed in on Norris, who struggled with his hard tires. Hamilton trailed Verstappen by 6.2 seconds. Leclerc finally made his pit stop but dropped down the ranks. Norris made his pit stop, emerging in fourth place, while Verstappen pitted and rejoined the race ahead of Norris.
Verstappen expressed his frustration with his brakes on the team radio, but he still held a comfortable lead over Norris. McLaren decided to switch to plan B, with Norris now focused on Verstappen’s pit stop. Hamilton, who had yet to pit, assumed the race lead. The question remained: when would Hamilton make his crucial pit stop?
Lewis Hamilton finally made his pit stop after a discussion with his engineer. The pit stop was slower than expected, and Hamilton came out behind Verstappen. The race was now in the balance as Mercedes had to make a crucial decision.
Stay tuned for more updates as the race unfolds.
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