F1 US Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Latest from qualifying as Perez bests Hamilton in practice – stream, TV, updates

F1 US Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Latest from qualifying as Perez bests Hamilton in practice – stream, TV, updates

October 23, 2021

THE FORMULA ONE season heads Stateside this weekend to the iconic Circuit of the Americas.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen resume their epic tussle for the F1 title, with just six points separating the two rivals.

  • Practice Three – 7pm
  • Qualifying – 10pm
  • Sunday:
  • Race – 8pm

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    'PLAYGROUND ACTIVITY'

    Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went wheel-to-wheel in yesterday's practice, with the Dutchman calling Hamilton a 'stupid idiot' on his radio.

    But speaking on the incident, Red Bull team principal Chrstian Horner said: "I think there's not too much to read into it.

    "It's like playground activity really. So, obviously, Max had passed Lewis earlier in the lap, Lewis then obviously felt that he wanted to pass Max at the end of that lap, and then they drove around, drove down to the first corner.

    "Then it all got a bit messy. I think Max indicated that he would have been first on the road! So I wouldn't read too much into it."

  • Ben Hunt

    PRACTICE 2 IS DONE – PEREZ LEADS THE WAY BUT VERSTAPPEN DID NOT DO A QUALIFYING RUN

    The Dutchman is keeping his powder dry, and it is the Mexican who is quickest as Red Bull look like they have improved.

    Norris in P2, Hamilton P3 and Bottas in P4. Verstappen down in eighth.

  • Ben Hunt

    CRASH FOR ALONSO

    The Spaniard loses control and spins into the barriers, but he is moving again. His car looks undamaged and he's back in the garage.

  • Ben Hunt

    10 MINUTES TO GO

    And it is still Perez at the top of the timesheets as the team complete their long runs.

  • Ben Hunt

    PEREZ LEADS THE WAY

    Norris, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Stroll, Leclerc, Verstappen, Sainz, Giovinazzi is the top 10 at just after the halfway stage of FP2.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN BLASTS HAMILTON

    The two come close during practice as Hamilton comes close to the Red Bull.

    Verstappen snaps over the radio: "Ha! Stupid idiot!"

    He is told to "ignore it" by his race engineer.

  • Ben Hunt

    NORRIS IS BACK IN THE PITS

    "Something's come loose on my elbow, I can't turn properly," Norris says over the team's radio.

    He's back in the garage as the team investigate the problem.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 IS GO – MERCEDES WERE AWESOME IN PRACTICE ONE

    Can Red Bull fight back? Or are they saving engines? Either way, it looks a straight fight between the two teams.

  • Ben Hunt

    TOTO WOLFF HAS BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT MERC'S ENGINE PROBLEMS

    Remember, Bottas has a new engine this week, triggering a penalty.

    Merc customers, Williams and Aston Martin have also taken new engines for Russell and Vettel, respectively.

    And it could mean bad news for Lewis Hamilton, who could face more grid penalties for taking a new engine.

    Wolff admits the team have struggled with reliability this season as their complicated power units are pushed to the limit in their fight with Red Bull.

    Hamilton was given a 10-place grid drop last out in Turkey for taking a new internal combustion engine and he had to settle for finishing the race in fifth.

    Wolff snapped on Sky F1 when quizzed that the team's engine woe was being caused by "air valves".

    He blasted: "You are being fed with a lot of bull***t. We don't need to talk about air valves or anything like this because you and I wouldn't understand what it is."

    He was later pressed to reveal the cause of their unreliability and added: "I would not want to disclose what it is for obvious reasons but it is always a concern.

    "When you look at Monza where Valtteri had to start at the back, we are losing points.

    "We are trying to push the performance every year and this year it has cost us points but for the last seven years, that mindset has won us races and championships.

    "I would have hoped for less penalties and used less engines, but this year it has hit us hard and we have to take it on the chin and do the best possible job."

    Wolff says Merc are now weighing up whether to up Hamilton's engine count too through fear of it failing mid-race.

    He said: "I cannot say whether we will be taking or what the percentage is, but obviously the risk is there.

    "What is difficult to evaluate is do you want to pre-empt the situation and take a penalty, take the hit.

    "Or do you want to run it and take the risk, which could be a DNF? That is a discussion we are having at the moment."

  • Ben Hunt

    LECLERC AND SAINZ IN P4 AND P5

    Different tyres used for Perez and Sainz.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH AN ENGINE PENALTY

    George Russell also takes a new unit in his Williams, as does Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin.

  • Ben Hunt

    HORNER KEEPING CALM ABOUT MERC'S ENGINE WOES

    The Red Bull boss said: "Mercedes obviously have their reason for taking it and they must be having a few issues.

    "Under normal circumstances, [our engines] should be ok, but you can never say never."

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS LEADS THE WAY

    The Finn is in P1, Hamilton is second and Verstappen third-fastest in Austin.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS'S ENGINE PENALTY IS A CONCERN FOR HAMILTON

    That is a SIXTH unit for the Finn, as Mercedes are clearly worried about their ICE. That could mean that Hamilton is due a new one too, he took a new ICE in Turkey.

  • Ben Hunt

    AND A SPECIAL LID FOR LANDO

    The McLaren man also has a cool helmet for this race.

  • Ben Hunt

    ALONSO IS BACK IN THE GARAGE

    Bad start for the Spaniard.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS HAS AN ENGINE PENALTY…

    Valtteri Bottas has taken a sixth ICE of the season which means he is set for a grid penalty on Sunday.

  • Ben Hunt

    SPECIAL HELMET FOR BOTTAS THIS WEEKEND

    The Finn has a one-off helmet for Austin. And it's pretty cool.

  • Ben Hunt

    MISTAKE FOR LECLERC

    The Ferrari man has a spin but stays out of the barriers. He is now on his way back to the pits for some new tyres.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON QUICK TO SET THE BENCHMARK

    The Mercedes man goes quickest. Early days yet, but he is faster than Verstappen.

  • Ben Hunt

    GREEN LIGHT – FP1 IN AUSTIN IS GO – BUSY TRACK AS THERE IS PLENTY OF EARLY RUNNING

    Mercedes are out, Red Bull too

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