Red Bull’s Max Verstappen held off a hard charging Lewis Hamilton to extend his Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship lead with victory at the US Grand Prix.
Verstappen opted to pit earlier than expected twice and on both occassions the decision paid off as the Dutchman was able to overtake his championship rival.
Hamilton can’t get DRS
Hamilton fought hard to get within the DRS zone in the final three laps of the race, but in the end Verstappen did enough to keep the Mercedes out of reach, though it was desperately close.
Verstappen held his nerve though as a mistake by Hamilton on the final lap ensured that the Red Bull didn’t have to fend off a last-ditch overtake attempt.
Red Bull’s second driver, Sergio Perez, rounded off the podium, a finish that strengthens the team’s bid for the constructor’s title with Valtteri Bottas only managing sixth.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished fourth again while Daniel Ricciardo came home fifth in his McLaren, while their respective teammates were seventh and eighth.
Yuki Tsunoda picked up some championship points with a ninth place finish and Sebastain Vettel’s late charge earned the final point.
US Grand Prix results
2021 F1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – RESULTSPOSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIME1Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing56 Laps2Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team+ 1.333s3Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing+ 42.223s4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow+ 52.246s5Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team+ 76.854s6Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team+ 80.128s7Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow+ 83.545s8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team+ 84.395s9Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda+ 1 Lap10Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team+ 1 Lap11Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen+ 1 Lap12Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team+ 1 Lap13Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen+ 1 Lap14George RussellGBRWilliams Racing+ 1 Lap15Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing+ 1 Lap16Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team+ 2 Laps17Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team+ 2 LapsDNFFernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 TeamDNFDNFEsteban OconFRAAlpine F1 TeamDNFDNFPierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri HondaDNF