Verstappen is providing Hamilton with his biggest non-Mercedes threat since the turbo hybrid era began in 2014. With five races left, the Dutchman sits 12 points clear in the drivers’ championship.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN AUSTIN: Representatives from Nevada met with F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali during the roaringly successful US Grand Prix in Austin
Max Verstappen executed Red Bull’s aggressive strategy to claim his eighth win of a campaign and potentially tee up his first title as he sits12 points ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton.
It’s no secret that Shaquille O’Neal is a giant of a man and the NBA legend’s 7ft 1in frame was emphasised spectacularly during the unfamiliar surroundings of the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
With the next rounds in Mexico and Brazil expected to suit Red Bull, Hamilton has every right to be concerned that a record-breaking eighth world championship might be slipping away.
JONATHAN McEVOY IN AUSTIN: The 23-year-old shot off cleanly from pole and dominated Sunday’s final race to claim the prize pot of $500,000 (£362,000).
JONATHAN McEVOY IN AUSTIN: Hamilton finished a very close second, the margin narrowing to almost nothing, hearts-in-mouths, but he now trails his Dutch rival by 12 points with five races remaining.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS: The fact that the stress of the title race is getting to Verstappen is understandable given that he has a golden chance to finally topple Hamilton.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS: It looked like both men would be outshone by Sergio Perez until Hamilton went fastest before championship leader Verstappen did the same.
On the first day of the United States Grand Prix weekend, it was announced that three of the four constructors which use Mercedes power would be taking engine penalties.