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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, celebrates with his team on arrival in Parc Ferme
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Has the US GP already left expectations tempered for F1 in 2023?

OPINION: In the latter stages of 2022's Formula 1 season, Max Verstappen has proved irrepressible as he collected another inspired win at the US Grand Prix. With Red Bull at the top, Ferrari losing its edge, and Mercedes still in recovery, hopes of a two- or three-way battle for 2023 look increasingly slim

Just how potent is the combination of Max Verstappen driving a Red Bull RB18? Well, last weekend’s United States Grand Prix produced yet another pretty good gauge. Despite a faulty front-left wheel gun creating an 11.1s pitstop that would have been agony for the two-time world champion in the cockpit, he still managed to catch and pass his two biggest rivals to grab first place with six laps to spare before securing the win by over 5s.

That Verstappen has won his second championship with four races still to play and has now matched the Formula 1 record of 13 wins in a season are clear reads of his dominance. But it was his final stint at Austin - to go with his recovery from 14th on the grid to lead at Spa after only 12 laps, plus his rapid rise to win in Monza - that really hit home the rich vein of form.

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