‘Stupid idiot!’ Verstappen rails at Hamilton after US F1 GP practice clash

This is usually a productive circuit for Hamilton, who has won five of the eight contests held here and often cites it as one of his favourite races. Hamilton’s Mercedes dropped 10 places on the grid as the punishment for a fourth engine change of the season and he while Verstappen was second. Mercedes dominated the first practice session in Texas, with Valtteri Bottas quickest and Hamilton next, while Verstappen was almost a second slower. “I think you see that we are suffering on the reliability this year,” Wolff said. Replace Hamilton’s engine once more and they risk a repeat of Istanbul, with a fresh penalty likely to deny him a podium finish and give Verstappen the opportunity to extend his lead. “2018 was really that year where he kind of learned from that and then the second half of his season was really strong.

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