Verstappen fends off Hamilton in tense finish for big US GP win

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 9:50pm

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

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 polesitting rival into the race’s first corner, but Red Bull gained track position by pitting Verstappen first at the first stops – and then again at the second.

A closer look at the start reveals what happened to Aston Martin's Lance Stroll, while there was an unfortunate moment for Williams driver Nicholas Latifi

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A closer look at the start reveals what happened to Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, while there was an unfortunate moment for Williams driver Nicholas Latifi

A closer look at the start reveals what happened to Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, while there was an unfortunate moment for Williams driver Nicholas Latifi

Mercedes kept Hamilton out longer to ensure significantly fresher tyres for the closing laps and 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 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 further boost their constructors’ quest against Mercedes.

Charles Leclerc drove a fabulous race to take home fourth for Ferrari, finishing ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren.

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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