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Verstappen Wins 2022 US Grand Prix As Red Bull Seal Constructors’ Title – Sport Grill

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clinched his 13th victory of the 2022 season at US Grand Prix, as his team claimed the constructors’ title for first time since 2013.

Verstappen made a clean start to leapfrog pole-sitter Carlos Sainz for lead and led the race throughout the opening two phrases despite two Safety Car periods following a spin for Valtteri Bottas then huge crash for Lance Stroll.

A slow front-left tyre change at his second pit-stop on Lap 36 looked to had ruined Verstappen’s race but he roared back to pass Lewis Hamilton on Lap 50 at Turn 12 for lead, and ultimately victory just one day after the death of Red Bull’s co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

Charles Leclers rounded out the podium in third after recovering from 12th on the grid ahead of Sergio Perez, but Sainz’s retirement on Lap 2 with a water leak meant that Red Bull secured their first constructors’ title since 2013.

George Russell recovered from an opening corner tangle with Sainz to finish fifth with the point for fastest lap ahead of Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda.

Verstappen is already champion following his victory in Japan but Leclerc regained second place ahead of Perez, whilst Russell remains fourth in the driver standings ahead of Sainz and Hamilton.

Red Bull meanwhile wrapped up their first constructor title since 2013 after having outscored Ferrari by 22 points, having needed to avoid being outscored by the Scuderia by 19 points coming into this race whilst Mercedes reduced their deficit to Ferrari to 53 points in the fight for second.

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Prior to the race start, several post-Qualifying penalties meant that Sainz and Verstappen shared the front row, as Leclerc took a ten-place grid penalty, which dropped him to 12th on the grid.

Perez, Fernando Alonso, Gunayu Zhou and Yuki Tsunoda meanwhile all received five-place grid penalties for various technical infringements, dropping them to 9th, 14th, 18th and 19th on the grid respectively.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon meanwhile was ordered to start from the pit-lane following a change of power unit parts without approval of FIA Technical Delegate.

At lights out, Sainz made a slow getaway as Verstappen stormed away into the lead but got a wobbly exit out of the first corner, which sent the Spaniard sliding into the path of a helpless Russell who couldn’t avoid hitting Sainz’s Ferrari.

The damage however was enough to cause a water leak in Sainz’s radiator to end his race in the pits a lap later.

Up front, Verstappen proceeded to dominate Hamilton who tried to overcut the two-time champion by pitting on Lap 13 for hard tyres, only for Verstappen to cover him off a lap later as Leclerc stayed out and worked his way up to second.

The Safety Car however was deployed on Lap 18 after Valtteri Bottas lost the rear of his Alfa Romeo at Turn 19 and spun out into the outside barriers, with the race resuming at end of Lap 21.

Alonso though had other ideas on the restart as he mistimed a move on Stroll on the back straight towards Turn 12, with the right side of his front wing striking the Canadian’s rear-left tyre which launched Alonso airborne whilst Stroll spun out as drivers took evasive action to avoid flying debris.

The Safety Car consequently was immediately deployed but Verstappen again comfortably led the restart unchallenged on Lap 26 as Magnussen passed Ocon at Turn 1 for 11th position.

Hamilton therefore opted to attempt the undercut again as he pitted at end of Lap 34 for fresh hard tyres but his gamble paid off, as Verstappen suffered a slow front-left change in his stop for the medium tyres a lap later which enabled Leclerc to leapfrog him.

Leclerc and Verstappen proceeded to scrap over a then net second place whilst Perez led up front until his own stop, which saw Vettel achieve his 3500th and 3501st laps in the lead of a Grand Prix until Hamilton passed him at Turn One on Lap 41.

Verstappen meanwhilee lunged up the inside of Leclerc at that same corner on Lap 39 only for the Monegasque to get the switchback out of the corner to repass the Dutchman, who ultimately overtook his rival into Turn 12 with a late braking move.

Once Vettel pitted on Lap 42., Verstappen launched a fierce charge on his quicker medium tyres to close down a 3.3 second deficit to Hamilton, as he managed to get within one second of the seven-time champion by Lap 50.

Verstappen’s faster tyre advantage meant that he was able to breeze past Hamilton into Turn 12 on Lap 50 to resume the lead, from which he scrambled away to clinch his 13th win of season (15 if include sprint race victories in Imola and Austria).

Hamilton ultimately settled for second ahead of Leclerc and Perez as the latter overcame a missing front end plate to finish fourth, which was enough for Red Bull to wrap up their first constructors’ title since 2013 and fifth overall.

Further down the order, Vettel recovered from a slow front-left tyre change at his second stop to snatch eighth on the final lap from Magnussen, who had at one point ran sixth on an one-stop strategy.

F1 now heads to Mexico next weekend for the 2022 Mexico City GP, where Verstappen can make history for most wins in a single season if he claims a 14th race victory.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 56 1h 42m 11.687
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 + 5.023
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 56 + 7.501
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull 56 + 8.293
5 George Russell Mercedes 56 + 44.815
6 Lando Norris McLaren 56 + 53.785
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine 56 + 55.078
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 56 + 65.354
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 56 + 65.834
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 56 + 70.919
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine 56 + 72.875
12 Alex Albon Williams 56 + 75.057
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 56 + 76.164
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 56 + 81.763
15 Mick Schumacher Haas 56 + 84.490
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 56 + 90.487
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 56 + 103.588
RET Lance Stroll Aston Martin 21 Collision
RET Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 16 Spin
RET Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1 Water leak

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