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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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The pre-race call that hurt Hamilton's chance to stop Verstappen's US GP charge

Max Verstappen’s recovery from a bodged pitstop to win the United States Grand Prix demonstrated Red Bull’s dominance in 2022, but in truth key pre-race decisions helped swing the advantage back to the newly-crowned Formula 1 world constructors’ champions after its pitlane blunder. Regardless, the Dutch driver’s performance was a fitting tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz whose death during the Austin race weekend rocked the paddock

“Extremely happy to win on this difficult weekend for us. I think this was actually a race he would have loved to see.”

A day on from the death of Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz leaving Max Verstappen visibly shocked and upset at the sad news post-qualifying, the Dutchman was able to dedicate victory in the 2022 United States Grand Prix to his long-time benefactor.

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