Verstappen beats Hamilton to take first place

The first turn promises to be hot! The two season-ending world champions, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, will start side by side on Sunday at the start of the United States Grand Prix. While the second knives have shared titles since the start of the weekend, Valtteri Bottas dominated the first free training session before seeing Sergio Perez rise to the top of the schedule in second and then third, taking charge of the leaders when it mattered most. When the Mexican took the lead after the first attempt in the third quarter, Lewis Hamilton responded in his last pass attempt in front of the Red Bull Racing driver. But that was without relying on the aggressiveness of Max Verstappen who, in a last-ditch effort, while raindrops were reported right in the hole, completed his lap at 1’32”910. For 209 milliseconds, the Dutchman takes advantage over his runner-up in the championship standings.

Perez will be able to help Verstappen, and Bottas will be even further

But at the start of the race, Red Bull Racing will have the numbers advantage. In fact, Sergio Perez will be present behind Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. The Mexican, who is almost home two weeks before the Mexico City Grand Prix, will sit in the front row to witness the Giants clash and will be able to help his leader by putting pressure on the Briton. In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton will not be able to immediately count on the support of Valtteri Bottas. If the Finn had the fourth-fastest time in these qualifications more than half a second later than the benchmark, he would have to start from ninth because of an engine penalty. What makes Charles Leclerc, who called himself a second rower in front of his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. In the Ferrari-McLaren duel for third place in the constructors’ standings, the Italian company benefited because Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, Lando Norris finished two places behind Carlos Sainz Jr., and Pierre Gasly will be the last to benefit from a penalty from Valtteri Bottas, exchanging ninth for eighth. on the starting network.

Ocon a manqué le car in Q2

Rowan’s driver was eight tenths of a second ahead of his teammate Yuki Tsunoda. The Japanese managed to call himself into Q3 despite the Alpine team trying to help Esteban Ocon get through that cut. In the last attempt in Q2, Fernando Alonso voluntarily sacrificed his turn to provide suction to his teammate. That plan ultimately failed for this season’s Hungarian Grand Prix winner, who will be 11th on the grid but will have a free tire option initially. Apart from Valtteri Bottas, three other drivers on the grid will be penalized for engine penalties, namely Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and George Russell. This qualifying session made it possible to determine who would take the last places in the starting grid. In 15th with his only time erasing in Q2 for not respecting track limits, George Russell will finally be with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in front of him. The starting grid announcing a start is under heavy pressure with the two title contenders going head-to-head at the first corner.

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