Max Verstappen, the Red Bull racing prodigy, has etched his name in the annals of F1 history. His recent victory in Austin not only marked his 50th career win but also made him a part of the elite 50-win club, joining the ranks of legends like Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, and Alain Prost.
This season has been particularly fruitful for Verstappen, matching his single-season record of 15 wins set in 2022. His dominance in the U.S. is evident as he becomes the first driver to clinch five consecutive Grand Prix victories in the country.
McLaren’s Lando Norris is on the brink of an unusual record. With 12 podium finishes and no wins, he is just one short of matching Nick Heidfeld’s record. Norris’ consistent performance has been a highlight, securing four consecutive podium finishes. His recent P2 finish has also propelled McLaren to fourth in the constructors’ championship.
Carlos Sainz, representing Ferrari, secured his best-ever finish in Austin with a P3. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, on the other hand, marked his return to form with a commendable P4, his first top-four finish since the race at Monza. George Russell, driving for Mercedes, managed a P5 finish, continuing his consistent performance this season.
Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri showcased his potential with a P8 finish, his best of the season. Adding to his achievements, Tsunoda set his maiden fastest lap, becoming only the third Japanese driver to achieve this feat in F1 history. Meanwhile, Williams’ Logan Sargeant made headlines by securing his first-ever championship point, thanks to post-race adjustments.
The U.S. Grand Prix was a smooth affair with no yellow flags or Safety Car appearances, allowing racers to showcase their skills without any interruptions.