Max Verstappen won the 2021 F1 US Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton finished second, and Red Bull moved up in Mercedes thanks to Perez’s podium finish. The championship leader has increased his lead to 12 points.
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Hamilton enjoyed a great start from the line when the lights went out in Austin from 2nd on the grid. Briton won the P1 from the Dutch, even though Verstappen squeezed him from the inside as much as possible towards Turn 1. To guide you into Esse. Perez started in 3rd place, then began to lose one-hundredth and then one-tenth to the leader.
The hopeful Verstappen of the Red Bull Championship opened the pit window on lap 11 and pitted hard from medium tires. Mercedes’ current champion Hamilton continued on lap 14 to take second place behind the undercut Red Bull driver. But there was another pit stop to come under the scorching Texas sun.
When Verstappen came in for another hard set on lap 29, there was a second stop, followed by teammate Perez. Hamilton stayed long again, maintaining a fragile lead of 16 seconds against Verstappen. “We are competing for victory,” he said from team principal Toto Wolff.
“Leave me to it, fellow!” Hamilton replied. With a 11.5 second lead, he made a pit stop on lap 37, stopped the mark and retreated to 2nd place with new hard tires. This time I chased the checkered flag 8.8 seconds behind Verstappen.
“It’s all about the last three laps,” Hamilton said. And yes, the gap with Verstappen was so because it didn’t start rolling until lap 41, the 56th lap when the leader encountered the back marker. With five laps remaining, Hamilton split Verstappen on the last lap, splitting the front two in just 1.7 seconds. However, the Dutch found a good pace with the worn, hard compound and won by 1.3 seconds with what team boss Christian Horner called the “classy” display. Perez won the final podium.
Charles Leclerc brilliantly drove to P4 as Ferrari first beat McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and the Australians took first place at the expense of Carlos Sainz. As a result, Valtteri Bottas remained in 6th place in Mercedes ahead of Carlos Sainz, and Ferrari’s driver passed the place behind the Mercedes man who recovered from 9th place on the grid.
Ricardo’s teammate Lando Norris dropped to Bottas after the second set of pit stops, finishing eighth. Behind Norris was Yuki Tsunoda on P9. The rookie started in 10th place with soft tires, but managed to handle the fragile compound and AlphaTauri’s teammate Pierre Guthrie retired due to suspension issues.
The final point was paid by Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, who started in 18th place after being penalized for engine replacement.
The next retirement was at Alpine’s Esteban Ocon on lap 42. His Alpine teammate Alonso made a pit stop from P14 with five laps remaining due to problems with the rear wing.
Mario Isola-Pirelli’s F1 and car racing director commented:
At the 2021 Formula 1 USA Grand Prix, the tires were worn a lot as expected on this hot and wear-resistant circuit, so almost everyone chose the media to start the race and focused hard on it as the main race tire. Did. This was a few long stints that helped set the thrilling finale of this race among the championship protagonists, and very well met the demands on it. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton left exactly the same tire assignments before the race, but they were used in very different ways, Hamilton finally made the most of the younger tires, and Verstappen was obtained by “undercut”. I used the track position. .. The result was a great strategic duel, with two drivers in a thrilling finale right above the game and in perfect control of the tires.
2021 F1 US GP race results
|1.1.||33||Max Verstappen||Netherlands||Red Bull Racing||1: 34: 36.552||twenty five||287.5|
|2.2.||44||Lewis Hamilton||Great britain||Mercedes AMG Petronas||+ 1.333s||19||275.5|
|3.3.||11||Sergio Perez||Mexico||Red Bull Racing Honda||+ 42.223s||15||150|
|4.4.||16||Charles Leclerc||Monaco||Scuderia Ferrari||+ 52.246s||12||128|
|5.5.||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Australia||McLaren Racing||+ 76.854s||Ten||105|
|6.6.||77||Valtteri Bottas||Finland||Mercedes AMG Petronas||+ 80.128s||8||185|
|7.||55||Carlos Sainz||Spain||Scuderia Ferrari||+ 83.545s||6||122.5|
|8.8.||Four||Lando Norris||Great britain||McLaren Racing||+ 84.395s||Four||149|
|9.9.||twenty two||Yuki Tsunoda||Japan||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||+1 lap||2||20|
|10.10.||Five||Sebastian Vettel||Germany||Aston Martin F1 Team||+1 lap||1||36|
|11.11.||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Italy||Alfa Romeo F1 Team||+1 lap||0||1|
|12.12.||18||Lance Stroll||Canada||Aston Martin F1 Team||+1 lap||0||26|
|13.13.||7||Kimi Raikkonen||Finland||Alfa Romeo F1 Team||+1 lap||0||6|
|14.14.||63||George Russell||Great britain||Williams racing||+1 lap||0||16|
|15.||6||Nicholas Latifi||Canada||Williams racing||+1 lap||0||7|
|16.16.||47||Mick Schumacher||Germany||Haas F1 Team||+2 laps||0||0|
|17.17.||9||Nikita Mazepin||Russia||Haas F1 Team||+2 laps||0||0|
|18.18.||14||Fernando Alonso||Spain||Alpine F1 Team||DNF||0||58|
|19.||31||Esteban Ocon||France||Alpine F1 Team||DNF||0||46|
|20.||Ten||Pierre Guthrie||France||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||DNF||0||74|
2021 constructor ranking
The highlights for each team are:
Highlights of the 2021 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
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