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Why Mercedes could have won the F1 US GP from which Hamilton was disqualified

Lewis Hamilton’s post-race disqualification for an excessively worn car plank may have overshadowed a strategically fought Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, but up until the chequered flag Mercedes had a clear opportunity to beat Red Bull at the Circuit of the Americas. Here’s how events unfolded that made Max Verstappen’s 50th career grand prix victory assured even before the afterparty penalties arrived

After a lifeless first sprint race at Austin, the 2023 United States Grand Prix gave the weekend a cracking ending even though the result of both was the same: a Max Verstappen victory.

His GP triumph at the Circuit of The Americas was his 50th in Formula 1. But had things worked out only slightly differently, Verstappen’s quest to take his latest milestone could well have extended to the upcoming Mexican GP. Indeed, it could well have been MercedesLewis Hamilton standing atop an F1 podium for the first time since the Saudi Arabian GP in December 2021.

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