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F1 Grand Prix of United States - Sprint AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 and Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari SF-23 battle for position into turn one at the start of the race during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas.

US Grand Prix: Sprint Race Results

After a tightly contested sprint shootout and no race runs in practice, it is unknown with which team or driver may come out on top in this sprint race

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Max Verstappen takes a comfortable sprint race victory at the US Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, US Grand Prix
Verstappen held on to the lead (Image Credit: @F1 on X)

Max Verstappen starts the sprint race from pole after edging out Charles Leclerc by 0.055 seconds. The second row consists of Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and McLaren driver Lando Norris – with the top four separated by just over a tenth.

Both qualifying sessions saw a close battle between four different teams. Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren drivers were all in the mix for pole positions in qualifying and the sprint shootout.

Mercedes driver George Russell received a three place grid drop. The Briton impeded Leclerc during the sprint shootout, dropping him from eighth to 11th.

Everyone on the grid opted to go for the medium compound tyre. However, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has decided to go on the soft compound tyre, taking a risk.

Lights out

The lights went out and Verstappen had a good launch, managing to cover off Leclerc on the inside. It would get worse for Leclerc, as the Monegasque would lose out on second to Hamilton.

Sainz would utilise his soft tyres well, gaining tow places on the first lap, moving up to fourth. The Ferrari driver managed to get past McLaren duo Norris and Piastri.

Sergio Perez made a move on Piastri in sector two on lap three. It would get worse for the Australian as Russell was also able to get past the McLaren driver.

Piastri would lose yet another position to Pierre Gasly. The Alpine driver sent it down the inside of the McLaren driver, dropping the McLaren driver out of the points.

Verstappen not happy

Lap five saw Verstappen complain about his RB19. The Dutchman said: “Driveability is sure not there. I completely lost the rear.”

However, Red Bull believed that it was the gusts of wind unsettling the Dutchman’s Red Bull RB19 car.

Piastri lost another place on lap seven, clearly not having good race pace. The Australian was overtaken by Alex Albon in the Williams, dropping him down to 10th.

Elsewhere, Russell received a five-second time penalty for overtaking Piastri off the track. The Mercedes driver believed that Piastri forced him off. However, the FIA decided to give the Briton a time penalty for gaining an advantage.

Despite Verstappen’s complaints, by lap eight, the Dutchman was able to extend his lead to Hamilton to 2.4 seconds.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, Lando Norris, McLaren, US Grand Prix
Norris finally got past Sainz on lap 10 after being stuck behind the Spaniard for a while (Image Credit: @F1 on X)
Softs losing performance

Sainz took the gamble, being the only driver starting on the soft tyre. The Spaniard was able to get up to fourth on lap one, utilising the mechanical grip. However, on lap 10, Norris was able to finally get past the Ferrari driver at turn 12.

A lap later, Perez would get past Sainz at the same corner as Norris passed him. The soft tyre had clearly dropped off massively in performance.

Russell would send a move down the inside of Sainz into turn one on lap 14. However, the Mercedes driver went too deep, resulting in the Ferrari driver getting back past with a switchback.

Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll had to retire from the race on the penultimate lap due to losing his brakes once again.

Despite his best efforts, Russell could not get past Sainz. However, the Briton still had a five-second time penalty, dropping him behind Pierre Gasly.

Verstappen would win the race – nine seconds ahead of Hamilton in second. Leclerc would claim the final spot on the podium, despite a late charge from Norris, getting within a second of the Monegasque.

Results
  1. Max Verstappen
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Charles Leclerc
  4. Lando Norris
  5. Sergio Perez
  6. Carlos Sainz
  7. Pierre Gasly
  8. George Russell
  9. Alex Albon
  10. Oscar Piastri
  11. Esteban Ocon
  12. Daniel Ricciardo
  13. Fernando Alonso
  14. Yuki Tsunoda
  15. Nico Hulkenberg
  16. Zhou Guanyu
  17. Valtteri Bottas
  18. Kevin Magnussen
  19. Logan Sargeant
  20. Lance Stroll

Feature Image Credit: Mark Thompson via Getty Images

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