Red Bull wins Constructors’ Championship after Verstappen wins US Grand Prix

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Two-time world champion Max Verstappenwon the victory at Circuit of the Americas to tie a record of thirteen wins in a FIA Formula 1 World Championship season; while bringing Oracle Red Bull Racing his first Constructors’ title since 2013.

The Dutchman, crowned double champion last time in Japanbegan alongside the Scuderia Ferrari driver of carlos sainzbut would take an early lead when the Spaniard turned around at the first corner.

Verstappen remained in control for most of the race, holding back Lewis Hamilton, before a problem with his left front tire on lap 36 resulted in an eleven-second pit stop. Hamilton took the lead and looked set to claim his first win of the season, but was chased by an incredibly fast Verstappen, who passed the Briton for the lead on lap fifty out of fifty-six.

Meanwhile, Sergio Perez was forced to nurse a damaged front wing throughout the race after contact with Kevin Magnussen in the first round. Pérez would spend most of his race bickering with george russellcrossing the line in fourth place, but bringing home enough points for Red Bull to claim the title.

The rest of the podium

Despite his best efforts to keep Verstappen behind, a different tire strategy for Hamilton and the sheer speed of Red Bull in his mirrors meant an overtake was inevitable. Hamilton stopped for his second set of hard tires at the end of lap 35, prompting Verstappen to follow a lap later. The number one driver’s slow stop would propel Hamilton into the lead, but with Verstappen and Charles Leclerc by opting for the Medium tire, the advantage was not in favor of Hamilton, and he would cross the line second.

Meanwhile, his teammate Russell finished on Sunday United States Grand Prix with damage following his turn an incident with Sainz. The Briton jammed his left front tire at the entrance to the Turn One hairpin and hit the poleman’s side-pod, causing a water leak and knocking him out of the race. Russell, who was able to continue, was given a five-second penalty and would cross the line in fifth – taking the fastest lap point with him after coming to a stop in the final laps.

Leclerc put in a strong performance to cross the line in third place, despite a ten-place penalty and starting the race in twelfth. The Ferrari driver looked set to challenge Verstappen for second place after jumping him in the second pit window, but lacked the pace to keep Red Bull behind him for very long.

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What happened behind?

Lando Norris was another strong driver at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, crossing the finish line in sixth place to take the best position. The Briton stormed the peloton at the end of the race, taking advantage of the DRS and braking later than everyone in front of him. However, teammate Daniel Ricardowas unable to make a good impression in America, failing to make it out of first qualifying and only finishing the race in sixteenth place – about thirty-seven seconds behind Norris.

Fernando Alonso certainly impressed this afternoon, taking the checkered flag in seventh place, despite being involved in a horrific accident with Spear Stroll when the safety car restarted on the twenty-first lap. After securing a promising exit from turn eleven and into the backstretch, the two-time world champion attempted a move on the Formula One Team Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant driver. However, a late move from the Canadian saw Alonso make contact and launch the front of his car through the air, land aggressively and brush against the barrier on the left side of the track.

Stroll was sent spinning, somehow dodging oncoming traffic, and retired from the race, while Alonso pitched in for a new front wing . The incident immediately brought out the safety car and the Spaniard was understandably shaken by the incident.

Teammate, Esteban Ocon, also made a good comeback, narrowly missing out on the points finish despite starting from the pit lane. The Frenchman finished in eleventh place, just two seconds from the points.

Sebastian Vettel put in an excellent performance to cross the line in eighth position, despite a disastrous pit stop that cost him the points of the race lead. The four-time champion qualified tenth, but was struggling to the front halfway through. If not for his unlucky pit stop, the Aston Martin driver could have been competing for the position of best of the rest at the end of the race. However, Vettel was rightly rewarded as ‘Driver of the Day’.

Kevin Magnussen was able to finish in the top ten on Sunday afternoon, after a good qualifying session which saw him progress to the second stage. However, Mick Schumacher could only finish fifteenth after suffering damage in the incident between Alonso and Stroll. All in all, it was a bittersweet day for Haas F1 Teamwhich is currently one point ahead of Scuderia Alpha Tauri in the Constructors’ Championship.

Talking about that, Yuki Tsunoda completed the top ten, scoring his first points since the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this year, when Pierre Gasly was unable to bring him home fourteenth after serving a penalty wrongfully – which added an extra ten seconds to his time. It has certainly been a difficult year for AlphaTauri, who will be hoping to overtake Haas in the standings in the last three races.

Alexander Albon finished twelfth after a midfield feud in the closing stages of the race, in what was a good showing for the Williams F1 Team driver. Teammate, Nicolas Lafihowever, crossed the line seventeenth and last, having spun at the start of the race and also being given a five-second penalty for pushing another driver off the track.

Guanyu-Zhou finished in thirteenth place for Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLENwhile Valtteri Bottas failed to finish the race due to losing the rear of his car at the penultimate corner and being stranded in the gravel pit on lap eighteen. The Swiss team will certainly be disappointed with this result, since it hopes to defend sixth place in the constructors’ classification ahead of Aston Martin.

You can find the full results below, courtesy of Formula 1.

POS NOPE. DRIVER CREW NAT TIME/GAP
1 1 Max
Verstappen
Oracle
Red Bull
Races
NDE 1:42:11.687
2 44 lewis
hamilton
Mercedes-AMG
Petronas
Formula 1
Crew
UK +5.023s
3 16 Charles
Leclerc
Scuderia
Ferrari
MON +7.501s
4 11 Sergio
Perez
Oracle
Red Bull
Races
MEX +8.293s
5 63 george
Russell
Mercedes-AMG
Petronas
Formula 1
Crew
UK +44.815s
6 4 lando
Norris
McLaren F1
Crew
UK +53.785s
seven 14 Fernando
Alonso
BWT Alpine
F1 team
ESP +55.078s
8 5 Sebastian
Vettel
Aston Martin
Aramco
Competent
Formula One
Crew
ALL +65.354s
9 20 Kevin
Magnussen
Haas F1
Crew
LAIR +65.834s
ten 22 Yuki
Tsunoda
Scuderia
Alpha Tauri
JAP +70.919s
11 31 Esteban
Ocon
BWT Alpine
F1 team
ENG +72.875s
12 23 alexander
Albon
Williams F1
Crew
HAT +75.057s
13 24 Guanyu
Zhou
Alfa Romeo
F1 Team
ORLENE
RCS
14 ten Rock
Gasly
Scuderia
Alpha Tauri
ENG +81.763s
15 47 Mike
Schumacher
Haas F1
Crew
ALL +84.490s
16 3 Daniel
Ricardo
McLaren F1
Crew
AU +90.487s
17 6 Nicholas
Latifi
Williams F1
Crew
BOX +103.588s
18 18 Spear
To stroll
Aston Martin
Aramco
Competent
Formula One
Crew
BOX DNF
19 77 Valtteri
Botta
Alfa Romeo
F1 Team
ORLENE
FIN DNF
20 55 carlos
sainz
Scuderia
Ferrari
ESP DNF
Data reproduced by kind permission of Formula 1.
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