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Peter J Fox

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Mercedes’ latest upgrade package put a smile on Lewis Hamilton’s face

Peter J Fox

Free F1 tips, best bets and analysis for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

where to watch

Sky Sports F1, 8 p.m. Sunday

Best bets

Lewis Hamilton will win without Max Verstappen
2pts 7-4 bet365

Lance Stroll cracks top six
1pt 7-2 Hills

Race preview

Saturday belonged to Ferrari at the Circuit of the Americas, but bookmakers expect new two-time world champion Max Verstappen to turn the tables at tonight’s United States Grand Prix.

It will be primetime in the UK and Ireland, and those who tune in might be in for a show, judging by the qualifying hints.

Carlos Sainz edged out Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc to claim only his second career pole position. Leclerc described his final lap in four letters and also faces a ten-place grid drop, having exceeded his engine parts allowance.

Verstappen had to settle for third on a weekend when Red Bull looked perhaps more vulnerable than at any time since the summer break, but the Dutchman is still a heavy favorite to claim his 13th win of the season.

Lewis Hamilton is running out of opportunities to maintain his winning record every year of his career, but he’s had his best chance for a while in Texas.

The seven-time champion starts third after Leclerc’s penalty and a similar for Sergio Perez.

That should be close enough for Hamilton to exploit his Mercedes’ characteristic of going much faster in the race than in qualifying. He hopes Sainz can stay ahead of Verstappen in the early stages and hold him off so Hamilton can stay within striking distance.

Short of mechanical gremlins, it’s hard to see Verstappen not winning, but Hamilton seems a decent bet without the Dutchman given that tire longevity – Mercedes’ main strength – should be particularly valuable at this circuit.

Aston Martin has seen each of its drivers claim a sixth-place finish in the last two races, and Lance Stroll could continue racing tonight.

The Canadian starts fifth after a superb qualifying performance and the car showed snappy pace all weekend.

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Ruth J. Leeds