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F1 | Qualifying at Austin: Verstappen against logic

In this crazy Texas rodeo, tied to the tenth and with two drivers capable of anything, Red Bull has been too bull for Hamilton. Against all odds,


In this crazy Texas rodeo, tied to the tenth and with two drivers capable of anything, Red Bull has been too bull for Hamilton. Against all odds, Verstappen signed this Saturday a pole worthy of his quality on an unfavorable track for his RB16B, against one of the best Mercedes of the season, perhaps in decline. The Dutchman beat Sir Lewis and to the best Czech 2021, third. On long runs Max’s pace is decent, he can hold his own against the champion. They meet in the spectacular first stop in Austin, with a slope worthy of the Mortirolo. But this is not the Alps, not even old Europe. This is the Austin rodeo and it cannot be ruled out that the roosters star in another chronicle of events. What a show.

In the plane rosso, Carlos Sainz completed a solid Saturday with 6th on the grid that becomes fifth due to the pending punishment of Bottas, Although with an important but: you will have to start the race with the softest tire when the rivals do it with the medium and can lengthen the first stint. The Madrilenian went to Q2 with the red rubber and Ferrari’s experiment went wrong, because then he was not able to reduce his time with the yellow one. Hardly anyone did it on the second try, the wind picked up. In Q3 he secured a good starting position, a pity that Leclerc sneaked in in the final attempt. And it’s a shame the failure with the wheel, it will show in the race. Even so, they beat the two McLarens. Completed the top-10 Alpha Tauri.

Alonso will start second to last after the engine change although he participated in Q1, surpassed it and took Russell’s Williams out of the way. Alpine changed the engine of the Asturian’s car and that carries a penalty. The chances of scoring seem slim under normal conditions, but there was not much more to extract from the A521 this weekend, because Ocon was 11th even with a generous slipstream from the Asturian. Vettel starts in front of the two-time champion because he was the only one of those punished who looked for a competitive return.

Classification of the United States GP.
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Strategic variety

This Sunday an open race is expected. The range of tires chosen by Pirelli allows strategies to converge at one or two stops, and not all teams will choose the same route. Ferrari, for example, with degradation problems on almost all types of asphalt, points to the double pit pass. The big two usually do the same to be able to run without saving tenths. It will be hot in Austin, around 30C when the lights go out. The fight for the World Cup, meanwhile, is boiling over.