Max Verstappen has won his first battle at the United States Grand Prix in Austin. Lewis Hamilton’s world title rival will start from pole position on Sunday after having been fastest in qualifying.
Hamilton did settle on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s race by scoring the second qualifying time at 0.209 from Verstappen with a relatively large gap. The third fastest time was for Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez.
Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s teammate, set the fourth fastest time, but will start the race in ninth place due to a grid penalty. He got a new combustion engine in his Mercedes for the sixth time this season and that costs the Finn a five-position grid penalty.
With six races to go, the tension in the battle for the world championship between Verstappen and Hamilton is clearly increasing.
This was not only apparent from a tease in free training, because the analysts have also been tumbling over each other in recent days whether the Dutchman or the Briton has the best papers for the world title.
The difference between the two ruffs in the World Cup position is currently six points in favor of leader Verstappen.
Hamilton has already won five times
Hamilton has already been the best on the Circuit of the Americas five times, although his last victory at this circuit came in 2017. The best result for Verstappen is third place in 2019.
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), George Russell (Williams) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) have made an engine change for the fourth time this weekend and will therefore start in the backfield on Sunday.
The United States Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 9 p.m.
Verstappen keeps Hamilton from pole position in Austin by a large margin
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