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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2nd position, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, spray Champagne on the podium
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Formula 1 United States GP
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The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Formula 1’s Netflix documentary series, Drive to Survive, loves to engineer drama through creative licence. That’s apparent from its name. But the bumper, sellout 2021 United States Grand Prix crowd – the Austin venue boosted by new fans that have watched the series to the point it had to build new grandstands and bridges to extra infield viewing areas for the returning event – was treated to a true spectacle. One packed with real, scintillating, sporting drama.

Once again it was all about Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, with the former winning out in a thriller fought out on different strategies – after they’d once again gone wheel-to-wheel.

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