United States Grand Prix: Red Bull need more pace to beat Hamilton – Verstappen

Verstappen leads Hamilton by six points before this weekend’s US Grand Prix but Mercedes have made a marked step forward in recent races. Verstappen has led the championship for much of the season but has not won or qualified fastest since the Dutch Grand Prix at the beginning of September – four races ago. By contrast, a Mercedes has been on pole for two of the last three races and the team have won the last two, with Hamilton victorious in Russia and team-mate Valtteri Bottas last time out in Turkey. Verstappen said: “We learned a lot in Turkey and we try to do better with our package. Hamilton said: “It is important to win every race somehow, or maximise our points. We just take one race at a time and give it everything we’ve got.”. Verstappen emerged as the favourite driver among fans in a survey conducted for F1 by the statistic company Nielsen.external-link. Hamilton, who was favourite in the last F1 survey conducted in 2017, has slipped to third place behind McLaren’s Lando Norris, who was close behind Verstappen on 13.7%.

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