US Grand Prix LIVE: Latest F1 race updates and build-up to start time tonight

A thrilling Formula 1 title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will continue this evening as the United States Grand Prix plays out in Austin, Texas.

Verstappen will start in pole position at the Circuit of the Americas, with rival Hamilton joining him in the front row. Dutchman Verstappen leads the Briton by six points in the drivers’ standings with six races left this season – including today’s event – having reclaimed top spot in the championship battle at this month’s Turkish GP. The Red Bull driver appears to be on track for his first ever F1 title, but he will need to navigate the remaining races without incident in order to dethrone seven-time champion Hamilton, and there is no guarantee of that.

Verstappen and Hamilton have already collided twice this season, including on the opening lap of the British GP this summer, when the Mercedes man went on to claim the victory while Verstappen could not continue. The pair then took each other out of the Italian GP in September, but it is the first of those two incidents that will leave fans wondering whether the rivals can make it through the opening corners in Texas without losing their cool.

Follow live updates from the United States Grand Prix below.

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US Grand Prix: Pit-stop strategies?

It’s expected that the leading drivers will opt for a two-stop pit strategy at the Circuit of the Americas today, with potential pit-stop windows opening up from laps 10-17, and then laps 32-37.

After an overcast morning in Texas, the sun has broken through and track temperatures are expected to increase to 40 degrees. That could result in high degradation levels on the tyres today.

US Grand Prix

Formula 1 has enjoyed its return to the United States for the first time since 2019, after last season’s race was cancelled due to Covid-19.

The sport has experienced a boom in popularity in those two years, and we’re set for a packed home crowd in Austin for the latest instalment of his dramatic title race. Serena Williams and Megan Thee Stallion are leading the “celebrity watch” standings so far.

US Grand Prix: Hamilton and Verstappen on first corner

After two on-track collision so far this season, all eyes will be on Verstappen and Hamilton’s run to the first corner at the Circuit of the Americas. Naturally, both drivers were asked about another potential head-to-head in Austin today.

Hamilton: “I hope we make it through turn one and we get a good race. It is all fun and games. We are going to have fun tomorrow, and give it everything as you would expect. It is no real difference to any other part of the season.”

Verstappen: “I don’t see why we have to keep bringing this up. It is not like we are the only ones who have touched in this sport. These things happen unfortunately. But we are on the front row again and everyone is just expecting a great race and as drivers that is what we expect, too. We will be professional.”

US Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole

In case you missed the action from qualifying yesterday, you missed a brilliant final lap from Max Verstappen to pip Hamilton to US Grand Prix pole.

After Sergio Perez had set the early pace, Verstappen beat Hamilton by two tenths, with the seven-time world champion unable to respond to the Dutchman’s pace on the final lap.

Valtteri Bottas finished fourth but will start ninth after taking an engine penalty.

Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the United States GP

The Red Bull driver also leads his Mercedes rival in the world title race.

A thrilling Formula 1 title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will continue this evening as the United States Grand Prix plays out in Austin, Texas.

Verstappen will start in pole position at the Circuit of the Americas, with rival Hamilton joining him in the front row. Dutchman Verstappen leads the Briton by six points in the drivers’ standings with six races left this season – including today’s event – having reclaimed top spot in the championship battle at this month’s Turkish GP. The Red Bull driver appears to be on track for his first ever F1 title, but he will need to navigate the remaining races without incident in order to dethrone seven-time champion Hamilton, and there is no guarantee of that.

Verstappen and Hamilton have already collided twice this season, including on the opening lap of the British GP this summer, when the Mercedes man went on to claim the victory while Verstappen could not continue. The pair then took each other out of the Italian GP in September, but it is the first of those two incidents that will leave fans wondering whether the rivals can make it through the opening corners in Texas without losing their cool.

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