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That's our lot from here in Austin but we'll be back again in two weeks' time...
And today it's going to Alex. Clattered at the start, dropped to P20, three pit stops and twice he rose to P5. Brilliant drive, great recovery.
Great result for Max again after a brilliant start, but we're going to look elsewhere for our Tag Heuer Don't Crack Under Pressure Award...
That's Alex's fifth top-five finish since joining the team seven races ago. Great recovery drive from him.
1. BOT. 2 HAM. 3 VER. 4 LEC. 5 ALB. 6 RIC. 7 NOR. 8 SAI. 9 HUL. 10 KVY.
And Max Verstappen takes his seventh podium finish of the season with third place!
HAM is second and champion for the sixth time.
BOT crosses the line to win the US Grand Prix.
Max has to back away and that's it.
There are yellows ahead for MAG who has gone off.
He launches an attack but it's from too far back.
FINAL LAP! Max in DRS range.
Max is asking for full power. GP tells him it's available.
3 laps to go.
Alex now comfortable in P5. He didn't manage fastest lap after all. That honour looks to be going to LEC.
Max is 1.5s behind HAM now. Closing fast.
BOT slides past his team-mate under DRS on the back straight. Little that HAM could do on fading tyres.
Max now just 2.8s behind the Briton.
BOT is past HAM!
5 laps to go...
That allows Max to close in slightly. He's 3.8s behind the top two now.
He attacks but the assault is rebuffed and BOT goes wide.
BOT just 0.5 off HAM now.
Alex powers past RIC! P5.
BOT now 1.6s behind HAM. Max still 5s further back in P3. LEC is P4, RIC is P5. Alex in P6.
10 laps to go!
SAI dismissed... P6. RIC is 4.4s up the road.
Just 0.5 to SAI now.
Alex has passed GAS again. (that would be funny on any other occasion). He's up to P7.
BOT is now 3.7s behind HAM. Max is 5s further back.
NOR pits again as well, but he moves to mediums and rejoins in P10. Alex is up to P8 already.
LEC has pitted again too. Big gap back to RIC so he's looking for a soft tyre fastest lap.
1 HAM. 2 BOT. 3 VER. 4 LEC. 5 RIC. 6 NOR. 7 SAI. 8 GAS. 9 ALB. 10 PER.
Alex has dropped to P10 but he's now got softs on board. What can he do with those?
15 laps to go.
Well that's a turn up. Alex has pitted again.
Both are lapping at around a second a lap quicker. So there's going to be a battle.
BOT is now closing on HAM. He's 5s behind the leader. Max 11s behind HAM.
Alex is now chasing down, RIC. There isn't even time to type that before he cruises past the Renault to take P5. Driving like a man possessed.
The gap from BOT to Max is 4.6s.
BOT has made a second stop. Also for mediums. He's out in P2.
Alex blasts past NOR to reclaim his starting position. P6.
Clean stop. Mediums on and he rejoins in P3 behind HAM.
Max is pitting....
Alex is now 1.7s behind NOR and closing...
Max is dropping back from BOT. Looks like he's beginning to struggle with his tyres.
And he powers past the McLaren man to claim P7. Great move!
Alex has made his way past GAS and is now in P8, right on SAI's gearbox.
So at half distance and after all those stops we have: 1 BOT. 2 VER. 3 HAM. 4 LEC. 5 RIC. 6 NOR. 7 SAI. 8 GAS. 9 ALB. 10 RAI.
Alex is marching up the order. He's back in the points after seizing P10 from RAI.
Hard tyres on - 2.4s. He rejoins in P3 behind Max.
HAM now pits.
BOT is told he can attack his team-mate and he glides past HAM to retake the lead.
HAM is told to pit but he ignores the request – "I can go longer".
RIC has pitted and is back out in P6.
HAM continues on those starting mediums.
Alex, meanwhile, has made a second stop. He rejoins in P15.
He rejoins in P6 behind hard-tyre starter HUL. Rear left gun problem for LEC. Not a good day for Ferrari.
LEC pits and it's a slow one. 7.7s stationary!
Alex has climbed to P9 as midfield pit stop happen around him.
Of the leaders, only Max and BOT have pitted through. HAM still on starting mediums in the lead. LEC in P4 also needs to pit at some point.
Right in the pit stop window now. Lots of mediums being shed and replaced with hard tyres.
Max has dropped back from BOT, the gap between then is now almost 5s.
HAM continues in the lead. He's now 10s clear of BOT but the Finn posts a purple laps and closes the gap by almost a second.
Alex is up to P13 now and is chasing down PER.
Max also powers past LEC and continues to pursue BOT.
BOT has passed LEC to move too P2. Max sets the fastest lap of the race.
Max is close behind BOT now.
BOT pits from the lead. Hard tyres. 3.2s in the box. He rejoins in P3 behind LEC. HAM leads the US GP.
Hard tyres on and 2.6s stationary. He rejoins in P4 ahead of RIC.
HAM beginning to pressure Max now. And Max pits!
LEC is told to avoid the apex kerb in Turn 8. He asks why and is told of VET's failure.
Alex up to P15 with a textbook overtake on GIO. Breezed past the Alfa with ease.
Meanwhile, Alex is up to P16 having passed KUB and RUS. STR is in P19 having pitted.
BOT leads Max by almost 2s. Max is a second clear of P3 HAM.
Meanwhile, RIC has passed NOR to take P5.
Job done and we're green again.
The marshals are recovering his car. Yellow flags at the moment and no VSC.
He's pulled over at the side of the track.
VET is slowing dramatically! Suspension failure!
The stewards have ruled that there will be no further action on the Alex/SAI incident.
Alex is now on mediums and has just set the fastest lap. The fight back begins.
SAI took a wide line into Turn 1 and Alex was inside of the McLaren and drifted across. Alex's right rear tagged.
1 BOT. 2 VER. 3 HAM. 4 LEC. 5 NOR. 6 RIC. 7 VET. 8 GAS. 9 SAI. 10 MAG.
It was SAI who tangled with Alex at the start and that incident is under investigation.
He's now down to P20.
Alex has pitted.
It looks like Alex got tagged maybe by VET at the start.
VET has been passed by NOR and RIC. VET is on the radio and says he has "understeer like crazy".
Alex struggles at the start and he drops to P11.
And they're away! Max makes a brilliant start and gets past VET through Turn 1. He's up to P2. HAM has passed both Ferraris!
Max takes his grid spot behind VET and BOT. Almost ready to rock in Austin...
The formation lap begins...
1 min to go...
So Max starts from his best ever US GP grid spot of third and Alex starts his first US GP from P6.
4 mins out from the formation lap now...
PER starts from the pit lane after being moved there for failing to stop at the weigh bridge earlier in the weekend.
16-19: 16 GIO. 17 RAI. 18 RUS. 19 KUB.
From 11-15: 11 HUL. 12 MAG. 13 KVY. 14 STR. 15 GRO.
The top five all start on medium tyres. From Alex back to GAS on softs.
Grid check. From 1-10 we have: 1 BOT. 2 VET. 3 VER. 4 LEC. 5 HAM. 6 ALB. 7 SAI. 8 NOR. 9 RIC. 10 GAS.
We have an air temp of 20˚C and a track temperature of 28˚C. That's the warmest it's been all weekend.
A quick weather check – it's a beautiful afternoon here in Austin, at least it is in the sunshine.
Let's get straight to updating you on the necessary...
We are 10 minutes away from the start of the formation lap here at a sold out COTA.
Good afternoon and welcome to Austin and the Circuit of the Americas where the Race Station is live for the United States Grand Prix.
And we'll be back tomorrow at 1pm local to see how it all plays out with live coverage of the US GP. Join us then!
Good starting positions for the Bulls tomorrow. Max starting on mediums, Alex on softs. Interesting strategies in prospect.
Alex qualifies in P6 – 1:32.548, +0.519 to BOT.
Max qualifies in P3 – 1:32.096. +0.067 to BOT.
1 BOT. 2 VET. 3 VER. 4 LEC. 5 HAM. 6 ALB. 7 SAI. 8 NOR. 9 RIC. 10 GAS.
VET is P2 and Max will start from P3 on the grid with a time 1:32.096.
No one challenged BOT's time then and he takes pole position for the US Grand Prix.
Alex's final run time has been deleted for track limits in Turn 19.
And he's almost 0.3s off at the flag/
VET is a tenth adrift of BOT through S2.
Looks like Max has had a small lock-up in S1.
Max in P3 just 0.162s of BOT in P1 as we head into these final runs.
Final Q3 runs starting. Just over 2 mins to go.
1 BOT 1:32.029. 2 VET. 3 VER 1:32.191. 4 LEC. 5 HAM. 6 ALB 1:32.548. 7 SAI. 8 NOR. 9 GAS. 10 RIC.
The first runs of Q3 are done and it's BOT who leads the way – 1:32.029. that's a new track record.
Which is now green...
No one was seriously disadvantaged and everyone escaped unscathed so best just get on with Q3.
The stewards have had a look at that incident with HAM and KVY and have decided to leave well enough alone.
Through to Q3: 1 LEC 1:32.760. 2 VET. 3 ALB. 4 HAM. 5 VER. 6 BOT. 7 NOR. 8 SAI. 9 RIC. 10 GAS.
However, eliminated at the end of Q2 are: 11 HUL. 12 MAG. 13 KVY. 14 STR. 15 GRO.
They all went for the same spot on the track and Ma had to swerve on the grass on the left to avoid being hit.
Oooh bit of a moment with Max, under off the Mercedes', we think it was HAM and one of the Toros.
LEC and VET didn't through and with a second set of mediums onboard they claim first and second in Q2.
Max has backed out his lap as have HAM and BOT.
Alex has stayed in the garage. The medium tyres first run drivers are on track, along with everyone else.
In the drop zone ahead of the final runs fo Q2: 11 KVY. 12 RIC. 13 STR. 14 HU. 15 GRO.
The top 10 after the first runs: 1 ALB 1:32.898. 2 HAM +0.147. 3 VER +0.222. 4 BOT. 5 LEC. 6 VET. 7 SAI. 8 GAS. 9 NOR. 10 MAG.
They all set their times on Mediums.
HAM is in P2 a tenth off, followed by Max on 1:33.120. BOT is P4 ahead of VET.
Alex is the first man below 1m32s. He sets the first run pace on 1:32.898. Set tyres for Alex though.
There's movement now: HAM and BOT are followed on track by VET and LEC. Looks like medium tyres all round.
And... there's silence. No one heading out just yet.
Q2 is underway.
Through go: 1 NOR. 2 HAM. 3 VER. 4 GAS. 5 BOT. 6 VET. 7 MAG. 8 RIC. 9 SAI. 10 STR. 11 ALB. 12 LEC. 13 HUL. 14 KVY. 15 GRO.
Eliminated at the end of Q1 are: 16 GIO. 17 RAI. 18 RUS. 19 PER. 20 KUB.
He comes to rest in P11 though. Safely through with his sole run time of 1:33.984.
There are a host of improvements late on and Alex is being shunted down the order...
NOR takes P1 with his final run – 1:33.353.
Obviously a systems check of some sort.
Hold that thought, LEC is on track, but the flag is out.
That's 2 VER. 3 BOT. 4 VET. 5 SAI. 6 ALB. 7 LEC.
HAM has gone out again as the final runs start. At the moment it looks like thew six behind him are going to stay put.
In the drop zone at the moment: 16 RAI. 17 GRO. 18 PER. 19 RUS. 20 KUB.
More to come though we feel. Remember, Max's FP3 best was 1:33.305 so a 0.15s up on where we are at the moment.
So with a little under 8 mins left we have: 1 HAM. 2 VER. 3 BOT. 4 VET. 5 SAI. 6 ALB. 7 LEC. 8 GAS. 9 NOR. 10 RIC.
In FP3 he could only manage P5.
1:33.454 for the Mercedes man.
Max is then deposed by HAM who has turned things up a notch from his morning performance.
But Max bypasses all of them. P1 1:33.549.
SAI takes over at the top – 1:33.916, Just under seven hundredths quicker than Alex.
NOR is in P2 now, half a second behind Alex.
Alex goes fastest – 1:33.984.
Max and Alex on track now.
But LEC on softs immediately dismisses that – 1:34.696.
KUB puts the first time on the board - 1:38.302.
Green lights and Q1 is go.
He had what looked like an engine issue at the start of FP3 and didn't set a time in the session, but they've got the problem sorted.
Now, were are moments away from the start of Q1 and looking drown to the Ferrari garage where LEC is firing up.
Alex was P6 in that session this morning.
That was a little over 0.2s clear of Sebastian Vettel.
So far we're looking very competitive here in Austin. Max was quickest in FP3 with a lap of 1:33.305.
Welcome back to COTA where we are just 5 minutes away from the start of Qualifying for the US Grand Prix.
The Bull's pace confirmed in FP3 then. Max in P1 and Alex in P6. Bodes well for qualifying in a couple of hours... Join us then!
16 GIO. 17 RUS. 18 KUB. 19 PER and LEC failed to set a time.
11 HUL. 12 STR. 13 GRO. 14 KVY. 15 MAG.
1 VER 1:33.305. 2 VET. 3 NOR. 4 BOT. 5 HAM. 6 ALB 1:33.983. 7 SAI. 8 RAI. 9 GAS. 10 RIC.
So that means at the end of FP3 we have:
And he edges Alex back to P6 by going six hundredths of a second quicker than the Red Bull.
HAM crossed the line ahead of that to start a flyer. Let's see what he can do.
Alex up to P5 - +0.678 to Max.
1. VER 1:33.305. 2 VET +0.210. 3 NOR +0.513. 4 BOT +0.599. 5 HAM +0.720. 6 ALB +0.821
He is P6 still with 5 mins to go.
Alex has improved too: 1:34.176.
But Max is upping the pace behind him... 1:33.305. P1 for the Red Bull.
NOR has popped in a quick lap and is up to P3, a tenth behind Max. Good lap from the rookie.
Alex leaves the pit lane and heads on track...
9 mins to go now...
The improvements have shuffled Alex to P6 and back to a second off the pace. He's in the garage at the moment.
P2 for the Red Bull – 1:33.717, 0.194s off VET.
Max rounding the final corner now...
HAM crosses the line - half a second adrift.
And he takes over in P1 – 1:33.523.
13 mins to go and VET our again on new softs.
That's 0.282 quicker than Max.
BOT posts a 1:33.904 to go quickest so far.
20 minutes remaining and we have: 1 VER 1:34.186. 2 VET +0.255. 3 BOT +0.335. 4 ALB +0.450. 5 HAM +0.470.
He lowered his PB by more than half a second there. Nice work.
And it's a big improvement. He's up to P4, just 0.450 off Max now.
Alex going for another lap...
Alex, meanwhile, has slotted into P5 behind HAM. His time: 1:35.269
That's 0.255s clear of VET. BOT is third, 0.335s behind Max.
And quicker in the last two. P1 for Max – 1:34.186.
Max's going for another flyer. He's quicker through the first two sectors.
His previous time of 1:34.441 is still good enough for P1. Max just 0.017s off that.
VET's time of 1:34.339 has been deleted due to a track limit infringement in Turn 19.
Max slots into P2 with his first flyer – 1:34.458
VET goes quicker again in P1 – 1:34.339 – even though he had plenty of traffic to navigate.
He's just kicking off his first lap in anger today.
Max on track now. Soft tyres onboard.
VET into P1 - 1:34.441. Soft tyres for him. Softs also for BOT in P2 and HAM in P3.
1. BOT. 2 VET. 3 HAM. Two tenths cover the top three at the moment.
And BOT smashes past that benchmark with a time of 1:34.558.
RAI takes over the at the top – 1:36.076. Bulls still in the pen.
The VSC its ending.
LEC stopped at Turn 20.
And LEC has stopped. He's pulled over last the side of the track with smoke drifting from he back of his Ferrari.
GRO posts the first time – 1:36.579.
LEC also joins the party.
After a brief lull, BOT takes to the circuit along with GRO, PER and KUB.
Max, meanwhile, has completed his install and is back in the garage.
...and yesterday there were quite a few instances of broken elements after grounding badly.
For example, there's a massive undulation just after the pit exit that causing a few raised eyebrows...
This year though there's been quite a change and in places the circuit is incredibly bumpy.
This is our eighth visit to the track and over the years the circuit has settled quite a lot.
One of the things that made itself very apparent yesterday was just how bumpy this track is.
Max is straight out on track for a quick look around. Hard tyres on.
So we're looking in decent shape here in Austin. Plenty of action to come in this hour and the green lights have just been lit. FP3 is go...
Now, yesterday, Max finished FP2 in P3, just over 0.3s down on quickest man HAM. Alec ended up in P6 after his first day at COTA.
And that means we have a track temperature of 25˚C. Positively balmy.
For pretty much the first time since arriving from Mexico City, we've ditched the thermals as the air temp has climbed from 2˚C at 0730 today to 18˚C now.
Well, after a couple of days of genuinely freezing temperatures Austin, things have warmed up pleasantly today.
Good afternoon and welcome to Austin and to the Circuit of the Americas where we are live for the final practice session for the US Grand Prix.