“This time the track position was the key to winning”. Lewis Hamilton he summed up a United States Grand Prix in which most likely gaining the leadership at the start was not positive, quite the contrary. Max Verstappen and Red Bull found themselves forced to undercut in the transition from medium tires to hard tires, at which point Hamilton took the lead and therefore in Mercedes they could not help but lengthen the stints in the hope of see in the final Lewis regain the lead thanks to cooler tires.
Verstappen, however, unlike when he came back for the first time with fresh hard tires, did not push right away, masterfully managing the second set of hard tires enough to not give Hamilton even a chance in the last few laps. Once you crossed the finish line, the Mercedes wall complimented the seven-time world champion via radio. There was no dialogue, however, between Bonnington and Hamilton, because the reigning champion never responded to the remarks and remarks of his track engineer. A long silence. If in Turkey Lewis was not convinced of the team’s work in terms of strategy, this time he hasn’t nothing to impute to his team. “I don’t know what we could have done to win – said Hamilton at the end of the race – the race was fun. Red Bull and Verstappen stopped in the pits very early to be sure of the undercut, I was hoping in the end to have a real opportunity thanks to fresher tires, but it didn’t happen that way. The team did their best, this is what we could achieve here in Austin this season ”.
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