Max Verstappen wins Formula 1 ahead of Lewis Hamilton in Austin

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EA record crowd of 140,000 spectators awaits a showdown between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix, and the two top favorites for the Formula 1 title, together with their tacticians, deliver the appropriate show. In the end, there are only 1.3 seconds between the Dutch and the British.

After Verstappen’s eighth win of the season, the pendulum in the world championship swings back in the direction of the challenger. After the 17th round of the World Championship, Verstappen is now leading with twelve points – with five races still to go and 133 possible points. “Unbelievable”, stammered the winner, and team boss Christian Horner confirms: “What a great ride.” Which, by the way, also applies to the loser Hamilton. Third is the second Red Bull driver Sergio Perez.

Basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal is already holding the 17th round of the World Cup on the grid for one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Attention that this humanly and technically pointed title decision definitely deserves. The first 240 meters, which go steeply uphill in Austin, already keep what everyone promises. With his ninth pole position of the season, Verstappen broke the years of Mercedes superiority in Texas.

Hamilton is only in second position, but inside. A small advantage when chasing the first left bend up the hill. Hamilton, already a four-time winner in Austin, has the quicker reaction and is picking up speed accordingly. Verstappen stops from the right, pushes the rival to the side and into the pit exit. But the Mercedes keeps its nose in front, turns first, the Dutchman does not get the curve, rides over the lane.

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At the key point, another crash between the two title rivals does not seem to be ruled out, they had already clashed at the start of training, the Dutchman then cursed the opponent as a “stupid idiot” and showed him the middle finger. He then vows to concentrate only on himself from now on. It remains the trend of this season that the technical balance of power between the two top racing teams shift from race to race.

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