United States GP: Max Verstappen holds on against Lewis Hamilton for big win in F1 title race


Watch free video clips and read the report as Max Verstappen just holds on from a charging Lewis Hamilton to take an impressive victory in Austin, doubling his world championship lead in the process

Last Updated: 24/10/21 9:56pm


Max Verstappen holds off Lewis Hamilton for his eighth win of the season which means he leads the championship!

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Max Verstappen holds off Lewis Hamilton for his eighth win of the season which means he leads the championship!

Max Verstappen holds off Lewis Hamilton for his eighth win of the season which means he leads the championship!

Max Verstappen held off a late charge from Lewis Hamilton to take a big win in the United States GP and increase his world championship lead to 12 points with five races to go.

In yet another captivating duel between the title contenders that went all the way to the race’s 56th and final lap, Verstappen withstood the pressure of a charging Mercedes on fresher tyres into the closing stages to claim his first win in the USA.

“Catching is one thing, passing is another – Verstappen kept his head. That was a very important victory in his championship career and championship charge,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle.

Hamilton had brilliantly overtaken his pole-sitting rival into the race’s first corner, but Red Bull gained track position by pitting Verstappen first at the opening stops – and then again at the second when he was in the lead.

Watch as Lewis Hamilton took the lead from Max Verstappen in Austin after a dream start to the race

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Watch as Lewis Hamilton took the lead from Max Verstappen in Austin after a dream start to the race

Watch as Lewis Hamilton took the lead from Max Verstappen in Austin after a dream start to the race

Mercedes kept Hamilton out longer to ensure significantly fresher tyres for the closing laps and he rejoined from his second stop eight seconds behind Verstappen. He quickly reeled him in but, crucially, Verstappen could just about stay out of DRS range and keep his tyres in check to ensure Hamilton never got close enough to attempt a pass.

“Big for us to beat Mercedes here,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who also saw Sergio Perez finish third in the sister car to ensure they cut the reigning champions lead in the constructors’ chase to 23 points.

Charles Leclerc drove a fabulous race to take home fourth for Ferrari, finishing closer to Perez’s Red Bull (10s) than fifth-placed Daniel Ricciardo (24s) from constructors’ championship rivals McLaren.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz clashed with McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo after attempting a move around the outside of the Australian.

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Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz clashed with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo after attempting a move around the outside of the Australian.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz clashed with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo after attempting a move around the outside of the Australian.

With Carlos Sainz seventh, Ferrari moved to within three-and-a-half points of McLaren in the fight between the sport’s former titans for third in the teams’ standings.

But fifth was still a strong personal result for Ricciardo, three places and eight seconds ahead of team-mate Lando Norris. After overtaking Sainz on the first lap, the Spaniard came back at him later on but a wheel-banging clash between the pair did not change their order.

Valtteri Bottas, who had started ninth after an engine change penalty, overtook Sainz on the final lap for sixth after a tricky race in the second Mercedes.

More to follow…

United States GP: Top 10 finishers
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
6) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
7) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
8) Lando Norris, McLaren
9) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

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