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Title fight heats up as F1 heads to US

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton just 6 points apart ahead of Sunday's US Grand Prix in Austin

Emre Asikci   | 22.10.2021
Title fight heats up as F1 heads to US

ISTANBUL

Lewis Hamilton will be gunning for another success in Austin as the Formula 1 World Championship heads to the US this weekend.

Victory at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas will give the Mercedes driver his sixth win at the venue and a boost in his thrilling battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, which is shaping up as one of the closest championship fights in years with just six more races to go.

Verstappen’s seven wins against Hamilton’s five this season see the Dutchman just six points ahead in the standings before the US Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will also be looking to build on his success in Turkey, where he claimed his first F1 win since last year’s Russian Grand Prix.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, a four-time champion who is languishing in the bottom half of the standings after a dismal season, will start the US Grand Prix with a grid penalty for an engine change.

The qualifying round at the nearly 5.5-kilometer (3.4-mile) Austin track will start at 2100GMT on Saturday and the 56-lap race is set for 1900GMT on Sunday.


Top 10 Driver Standings


DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58

Constructor standings


TeamPoints
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas-


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