Verstappen takes Sprint win for US Grand Prix weekend

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Sprint winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202310220071 // Usage for editorial use only //

The Formula 1 US Grand Prix Sprint began with a bit of excitement that quickly drained out of the event leading to another dominant win from Max Verstappen followed by an on-form Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

The race was a bit of a damp squib if I’m honest but nonetheless, this is what all those F1 fans said they wanted, a Sprint race on Saturday to “spice up the action”.

I’m been fairly clear on my feelings about the Sprint favoring a revamped qualifying format which is longer with more excitement making Saturday a full qualifying day.

I’m sure they can’t but if I were any team outside of the top midway througha Sprint, I’d park my cars in favor for the race on Sunday.

Sprint Results:

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1931:30.8498
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES19+9.465s7
316Charles LeclercFERRARI19+17.987s6
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES19+18.863s5
511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT19+22.928s4
655Carlos SainzFERRARI19+28.307s3
710Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT19+32.403s2
863George RussellMERCEDES19+34.250s1
923Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES19+34.567s0
1081Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES19+42.403s0
1131Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT19+44.986s0
123Daniel RicciardoALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT19+45.509s0
1314Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES19+49.086s0
1422Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT19+49.733s0
1527Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI19+56.650s0
1677Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI19+64.401s0
1724Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI19+67.972s0
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI19+71.122s0
192Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES19+71.449s0
NC18Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES16DNF0
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