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Sports Verstappen wins F1 U.S. Grand prix, extends title chase lead

02:20  25 october  2021
02:20  25 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

F1: Bottas wins Turkish GP, Verstappen reclaims title lead

  F1: Bottas wins Turkish GP, Verstappen reclaims title lead ISTANBUL (AP) — Valtteri Bottas scored his first win of the season Sunday at the Turkish Grand Prix, a mixed day for Mercedes when Max Verstappen reclaimed the overall championship lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton started 11th because of a 10-place grid penalty, drove his way to third, but wound up a disappointing fifth after a late-race tire change. The Mercedes strategy allowed Verstappen to swing the championship race from down two points to Hamilton to now leading by six with six races remaining. “It’s been close the whole year,” Verstappen said. “This season has been really good.” F1 now leaves Europe, and next up is the U.S. GP on Oct. 24.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Max Verstappen held off Formula One title rival Lewis Hamilton over the final thrilling laps of the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday to win his eighth race of the season and double his lead in the championship standings.

  Verstappen wins F1 U.S. Grand prix, extends title chase lead © Provided by The Canadian Press

Verstappen, who entered the Circuit of the Americas with a six-point lead over Hamilton in the standings, now leads the seven-time champion by 12 points with five races remaining.

Hamilton in his Mercedes was bearing down on Verstappen over the final 18 laps and had cut the Red Bull driver's lead to less than 1 second by the final lap. But he couldn't make the pass at the end and settled for second.

F1 title fight could take big swing in U.S and Mexico

  F1 title fight could take big swing in U.S and Mexico AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Grand Prix is not a must-win race for Lewis Hamilton, and the seven-time champion brushed off such a suggestion Thursday even as he trails Max Verstappen in the title fight and his rival should be favored at Mexico City in the next round. Verstappen is a two-time winner in Mexico City, where Formula One races Nov. 7 and the Red Bull team has been dominant. But up first is Sunday's race at the Circuit of the Americas and Hamilton, who calls COTA his “happy hunting ground" because he's won five times in Texas, trails Verstappen by six points in the standings.

Verstappen, the 24-year-old Dutchman chasing his first championship, now has some breathing room heading into Mexico City, a high-altitude stronghold for Red Bull.

Montreal's Lance Stroll was 12th and Toronto's Nicholas Latifi was 15th.

Hamilton, a five-time winner at COTA who couldn't catch Verstappen in the end, is seeking a record eighth F1 title.

“Congratulations to Max, he did a great job today. It was such a tough race," Hamilton said. “Got a good start and gave it absolutely everything, but in the end of the day, they just had the upper hand this weekend.”

As the popularity of Formula One explodes in the U.S., the championship rivals delivered a dramatic finish under a blazing Texas sun in front of an estimated crowd of 140,000. It was one of the largest sporting events since the start of the pandemic and drew the rich and famous to the Austin circuit.

Horner expects "grandstand start" to US GP with Verstappen/Hamilton front row

  Horner expects Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner predicts a "grandstand start" in Sunday's US Grand Prix after title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton qualified on the front row.Verstappen and Hamilton starting side-by-side is a tantalising prospect after what happened earlier this season between the two rivals.

Among the celebrities in attendance were actor Ben Stiller, rapper Meghan Thee Stallion, golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis champion Serena Williams, who all participated in the pre-race grid walk. Shaquille O’Neal hosted a post-race DJ dance party and delivered the winner's trophy to the podium, where the 7-footer loomed large over Verstappen and Hamilton.

Sunday was the final race in the Circuit's original 10-year contract, but the U.S. Grand Prix is on the 2022 race calendar. Track President Bobby Epstein has said he expects to get a new long-term deal from F1.

“It's amazing to be here, but also to see so many (fans) around the track," Verstappen said before stepping to the podium as fans rushed on the track. "Hopefully we can do this for many years to come.”

Verstappen and Hamilton were locked in a tense fight all weekend, first when Verstappen called Hamilton a “stupid idiot” and flipped him the middle finger during Friday practice. Then Verstappen edged Hamilton for pole position on the final lap of qualifying Sunday.

F1 United States GP: Verstappen holds off Hamilton charge for victory

  F1 United States GP: Verstappen holds off Hamilton charge for victory Max Verstappen held off a charging Lewis Hamilton to win Formula 1’s 2021 US Grand Prix, as their teams diverged on strategy after Hamilton took the lead at Turn 1.At the start, Verstappen and Hamilton launched in unison but the Mercedes accelerated much better and the pair were almost immediately side by side as the began to climb the hill to the Turn 1 left-hand hairpin.

It set up a fierce fight for the lead headed into the first turn because the winner at COTA has always come from the front row. Hamilton quickly jumped past Verstappen and the two traded the lead four times over 56 laps.

But Hamilton just couldn't make one more pass in the end. It's a missed victory at a circuit where Mercedes have been dominant and Sunday's result could prove pivotal if Verstappen hangs on to dethrone Hamilton.

Verstappen has had high expectations since he first joined the F1 grid as a 17-year-old in 2015. Hamilton, at 36 a series veteran, has been the dominant figure in F1 for a decade and has won four consecutive championships.

One more Hamilton title will break his tie with Michael Schumacher for most in F1. But he hasn’t been in a fight like this in a long time.

The U.S. Grand Prix was canceled in the 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and returned with a flourish as fans poured in to watch the F1′s best championship duel in years.

Sergio Perez finished third to put both Red Bull's on the podium, but the Mexican raced without access to water and called it one of the most physical race he's ever experienced.

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Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press

Verstappen wins in Mexico, extends lead in F1 title chase .
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Red Bull earned itself one heck of a Formula One fiesta. Max Verstappen won the Mexico City Grand Prix with a dominant race Sunday to stretch his season championship lead over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Teammate Sergio Perez was the first Mexican driver in race history to not just lead the race, but also to earn a podium when he finished third. And the result pulled Red Bull nearly even with Mercedes in a team championship worth millions of dollars at the end of season.

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