The next leg on the Formula 1 calendar sees the action move to the United States, as the US Grand Prix takes place in Austin this Sunday. It promises to be another pivotal race in the scintillating Championship race between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, and there is a potential outcome this weekend that could see both drivers locked level on points at the top of the standings.
United States Grand Prix History & Records
The United States Grand Prix previously moved around the country, but since 2012, it has been competed at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It will be a welcome sight for fans of the sports, as the race was cancelled last year, which means that this is the first time it has been held since 2019. On that occasion, Valterri Bottas came out on top ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, with Max Verstappen back in third.
The reigning world champion has an excellent record in this race, as he has won on six previous occasions. Mercedes also have experienced recent dominance, winning every race since 2014, with the only exception coming in 2018 as Ferrari won with Kimi Raikkonen.
Outright Winner Pick
It is the tightest race for the Drivers’ Championship in decades, with just six points separating Verstappen and Hamilton. The Dutchman is currently leading with 262.5 points, while Hamilton was left rueing the decision made by Mercedes to pit in Turkey, which he believed cost him valuable points.
However, a Hamilton win, coupled with second for Verstappen and a fastest lap for the Dutchman would lead to an interesting set up for the remaining five races of the season, as the two championship rivals will be locked level on points. Hamilton’s record in the United States is hard to ignore, which means that he is the pick to win the race.
Fastest Lap Pick
The driver that is head out of the two championship rivals will likely be happy to claim the most points from this race. However, the one that is behind will be keen to finish with the fastest lap and take the bonus point. Since we expect Hamilton to win the race, the pick for the fastest lap will be for Verstappen. Bottas could be an interesting second choice, as Mercedes may look to stop Red Bull getting the bonus.
Top Six Finish Pick
Those looking for some extra value in their betting on the United States Grand Prix may look towards the top six betting market. There are two selections for us in this field. Lando Norris has been excellent throughout the season, and has finished inside the top six on ten occasions. Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc is another fine choice having held on well after an interesting battle with Hamilton a few weeks ago in Turkey to finish fourth for the second time in three races. Both drivers have excellent chances of finishing in the top six in Austin.