The great contenders after qualifying challenge each other in words. Max: “The fight in F1 is what they expect from us”. Lewis: “In the US there is always a large audience for me. I want to win for them too “
At the start of the US F1 GP there will be sparks, by now even the stones know this. Again a front row with Max Verstappen – ninth pole of the season – and Lewis Hamilton side by side. But after the Austin qualifiers, the great contenders for the 2021 World Cup remained buttoned up. And third is a Checo Perez who knows what his task will be in the race.
verstappen at the top
For the Dutchman, leader of the World Championship with 6 points clear of Hamilton, it was a “really exciting pole, in Q3 I made a first attempt that was not perfect, then on the last lap there was a few drops of rain but there I did it, my time for pole is impressive. The battle for the title? I think that’s what people want, to see me and Lewis fighting: in the GP I have to start well and then we have to work as a team to bring this race home ”.
solid shoulder perez
Exactly behind Verstappen’s RB16B will be Sergio Perez’s other Red Bull, who had many fans in America and is warming up for “his” Mexican GP on 7 November. “I came very close to pole, as a team we did a great job but my last attempt was not perfect. In the last sector there was rain and I slipped in a few corners. The race? It will be very very long, the qualifying position here in Austin is not decisive because there is a lot of tire degradation and the situations are very variable ”.
hamilton on the attack
Lewis has to do another assault race but starts from second position, so at the first corner – especially after the sparks in FP2 with Verstappen – save whoever can: “With these fans I will find more speed”, attacks the seven-time champion of the world. “There’s always a big audience here in Austin. I confess I struggled in qualifying, after FP1 we dropped a bit in terms of performance but here it was a good fight for pole. You can always improve in all areas but frankly I don’t think I could have done better than that. What race will it be? I try to win, also because I would like them to have fun here ”.
October 24 – 00:34
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