2022 United States Grand Prix Takeaways
Max Verstappen etches his name in history books once again in a dramatic 2022 United States Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the action-packed weekend features incredible drives from veteran drivers Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, making the closing weeks better than ever. With Formula 1 heading down south for the Mexican GP, we first share a recap of the Top 2022 United States Grand Prix Storylines.
Key Takeaways from the 2022 United States Grand Prix
One for Dietrich Mateschitz
Max Verstappen saw the checkered flag first at the end of the thrilling United States Grand Prix, defending against former rival Lewis Hamilton in a tense closing stage. His victory, along with Sergio Perez’s P4 finish, secured their first Constructors’ Championship title since 2013.
The win was much-needed following trying times for the constructor. Verstappen also tied Michael Schumacher for most wins in a season. But, with three races left on the calendar, the Belgian-Dutch driver can surpass the legendary Ferrari driver. The 25-year-old won seven of the last eight races and will be looking to break the record at the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix.
Ultimately, Red Bull’s recent achievements came a day after Red Bull co-founder and owner Dietrich Mateschitz passed away. The team achieved a record fifth Constructors’ title for the Milton Keynes-based team sparking passionate celebrations.
Lewis Hamilton gains a more competitive edge
Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton came close to winning his first race of the season again, only to be outpaced by Verstappen in the end. The Mercedes driver went for the undercut and proved effective when a slow pit for Verstappen allowed him to overtake the defending champion and Charles Leclerc.
The constructor introduced new upgrades for this race and Hamilton praised the work of his engineers and the team. It closed the gap by a small margin and allowed him to maintain a steady pace behind the frontrunners.
However, Red Bull’s pace on medium tires versus Lewis’ hard tires made it easy for Verstappen to fly past him. Hamilton went on to finish P2 and claim his seventh podium finish of the season. The 37-year-old also closed the gap between him and teammate George Russell, with Carlos Sainz splitting the two Mercedes drivers.
A streak of DNFs for Carlos Sainz
Spaniard Carlos Sains suffered his sixth DNF of the season as George Russell took him out in the first corner from pole position. The Ferrari driver was pressured by Max Verstappen as soon as the green light lit. Going into the first turn, Sainz took the wide line while the Silver Arrow of Russell tried to hit the apex, causing the two to collide. Russell picked up a five-second penalty after Sainz was forced to an early pit stop and retired from the race in Austin.
Sainz said that his most recent DNF triggered a trend that was sustained over the season. He retired from the Australian, Emilia Romagna, Azerbaijan, Austria, and most recently the Japanese and United States Grand Prix. His recent misfortunes make him a common sight among Nitrobetting’s F1 recaps and our latest Top 2022 United States Grand Prix Storylines.
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