US GP, Verstappen triumphs in Austin. Leclerc’s Ferrari in sixth place


By John

Max Verstappen also wins the United States Grand Prix, achieving yet another success of the season. It’s the 15th for the Dutch driver, already world champion, who thus equals the record for victories in a single year centered in 2022. He will have four more races available to beat himself and write a new page in the history of Formula 1.
Behind him, Lewis Hamilton took the podium, second with Mercedes, and Lando Norris third with McLaren. Nothing to do for Charles Leclerc, who after starting from pole position, was unable to go over a sixth place with his Ferrarieven preceded by his teammate Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez.

Norris made an excellent start as he immediately mocked Leclerc and immediately took the lead of the race, while Sainz passed Hamilton and rose to third place. A position also gained at the start by Verstappen (fifth), forced to chase his rivals in front. After a few laps the two Ferraris lose pace: the Spaniard actually slips into fifth place, being overtaken by Hamilton and Verstappen himself, with the Briton from Mercedes and the Dutchman from Red Bull also catching the Monegasque in a few kilometers and knocking him down from the podium, relegating him to fourth place. After the first pit-stop waltz, Norris remains in the lead, followed by Verstappen and Hamilton: exactly halfway through the race, however, the Red Bull driver turns the signal and overtakes the McLaren, taking the lead. The second round of pit stops, however, did not create any upheavals in the standings but, eight laps from the checkered flag, Hamilton attacked Norris and took second place. In the meantime, Ferrari’s one-stop strategy doesn’t pay off with Leclerc, who is even overtaken by Sainz and Perez.