Max Verstappen wins third consecutive Formula One world championship
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton shared an intense battle at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday but the drama went on into the night as the Mercedes star and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc were both disqualified from the race following plank inspections.
Hamilton ended the first lap in fourth place after losing a spot to Carlos Sainz but the legendary Brit quickly fought back through the field, joining the battle for the lead with Verstappen and Lando Norris. He eventually passed Norris in the latter stages but finished just two seconds behind the race winner as Verstappen collected his 15th win of the campaign.
Leclerc endured an even more difficult time, ending the race in sixth place despite lining up on pole position at the race start, but ultimately it counted for nothing as both drivers were disqualified. Following a technical investigation from the FIA, it was found that Mercedes and Ferrari were running illegal floor heights, costing the pair vital points in their Driver’s Championship battles.
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Verstappen taunts Mercedes strategy
Max Verstappen suggested that Lewis Hamilton could have beaten him at the United States GP if it weren’t for their strategy blunder.
“For sure, they could have won today if they had a better strategy,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 after clinching his 15th Grand Prix win of the season.
“I think after the first stop. Over the weekend they were very good, quick, for us and with the brake issues that was hampering my pace. But in general, I think they were very strong this weekend.”
Verstappen ultimately took the chequered flag two seconds clear of the Brit, but Hamilton was then disqualified along with Charles Leclerc following technical setups.
Hamilton and Leclerc disqualified from US Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were both disqualified from the United States Grand Prix on Sunday after technical infringements on their floors.
The seven-time world champion pushed race winner Max Verstappen all the way in the battle for victory at the Circuit of the Americas, finishing just two seconds behind him on the road.
Leclerc, meanwhile, started on pole position but lost the lead to Lando Norris on lap one and was eventually compromised when Ferrari opted to run him on the alternate strategy.
Unfortunately, neither driver will score points for their efforts in Austin with Hamilton losing considerable ground to Sergio Perez in the battle for P2 in the Drivers’ Championship.
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