Verstappen wins USGP, Red Bull takes 2022 F1 teams' title

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Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen managed to hold off Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Lewis Hamilton to secure victory on Sunday at the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.

Verstappen was already crowned the 2022 world champion at the previous round in Japan, but his victory at the U.S. Grand Prix, held in Austin, Texas, helped secure Red Bull the 2022 Constructors’ title. It’s the first time the team has taken the title since 2013.

Verstappen and his team dedicated the victory to Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull’s co-founder and owner of the Red Bull F1 team, who passed away on Oct. 22 following a drawn-out battle with cancer.

There was plenty of action in the race, which saw Verstappen make the most of a brilliant start to jump ahead of polesitter Carlos Sainz of Ferrari, who was soon forced to retire after being hit at the first corner by George Russell after the Mercedes driver locked his brakes going into the turn. Russell raced on but was given a five-second penalty.

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2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Photo credit: Getty Images

It then looked like Verstappen was in for an easy victory but things took a turn when Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas spun into the gravel on lap 18, causing the safety car to emerge. Verstappen was still in the lead after the restart but then the safety car was called back out only moments later due to a major crash when Alpine’s Fernando Alonso hit the back of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during a high-speed passing maneuver down the back straight.

The race resumed on lap 26, with Verstappen leading, followed closely by Hamilton and then Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Both Perez and Leclerc drove impressively to make their way to the lead pack after starting down the order due to penalties attached to swapping power unit components.

Hamilton then made a pit stop on lap 35, after which Verstappen responded by stopping as well. A delay for Verstappen meant he came out behind both Hamilton and Leclerc. Verstappen managed to pass Leclerc a few laps later but was a few seconds behind Hamilton. Verstappen then put in a series of fastest laps to catch up with Hamilton, and at six laps to go Verstappen made use of the DRS to pass Hamilton and cruise on to victory. Hamilton would cross the finish line in second place, some five seconds later, while Leclerc would claim third, some 7.5 seconds behind the winner.

Following the weekend’s action, Verstappen leads the 2022 Drivers’ Championship with 391 points. Leclerc is second with 267 points and Perez third with 265 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull sits on an unbeatable 656 points, versus the 469 of Ferrari and 416 of Mercedes. The next race on the calendar is the Mexican Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend.

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2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Photo credit: Getty Images

Below are the full results from the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix:

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG +5.023 seconds3) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +7.501 seconds4) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing +8.293 seconds5) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG +44.815 seconds6) Lando Norris, McLaren +53.785 seconds7) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin +65.354 seconds8) Kevin Magnussen, Haas +65.834 seconds9) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri +70.919 seconds10) Esteban Ocon, Alpine +72.875 seconds11) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo +76.164 seconds12) Alex Albon, Williams +80.057 seconds13) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri +81.763 seconds14) Mick Schumacher, Haas +84.490 seconds15) Fernando Alonso, Alpine +85.078 seconds16) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +90.487 seconds17) Nicholas Latifi, Williams +103.588 secondsNC) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – DNFNC) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo – DNF
NC) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – DNF

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