“Outfoxed Mercedes” – Hill Explains Max Verstappen’s Clever Tactics Against Lewis Hamilton at US GP

Published 10/26/2021, 5:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Mike Blake


The United States Grand Prix gave the Formula One community an interesting battle between the two title contenders, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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However, this time around it was the Red Bull prodigy who claimed victory at the Circuit of the Americas. Additionally, former world champion, Damon Hill was quite surprised to see Verstappen’s radio outfox Mercedes.

Hill was surprised by Verstappen’s radio at the US Grand Prix

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As soon as the lights went out in Austin, it was Hamilton who stole the lead from his arch-rival. But, Verstappen soon came into the pits as he saw the Mercedes driver losing pace around COTA. Verstappen’s tactics saw him get the lead back and surprised the Silver Arrows.

Speaking on an episode of the podcast F1 Nation,  the ’96 world champion said, “I was surprised that Lewis was on the radio, saying you know, ‘I can’t keep up the pace,’ as he does sometimes. And you think why are you giving the game away.”

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Mike Blake

“Then you know Max was saying, ‘I can see him sliding around,’ and then pitted that completely outfoxed Mercedes, got track position back from his pole position that he lost in effect, and then dominated and controlled a very very tight race. It was thrilling from beginning to end.”

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Max Verstappen extended his lead in the championship

Coming into Austin, the Red Bull prodigy had a 6-point lead over his rival, Hamilton. Verstappen was hoping a win at COTA could further extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.

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The 24-year-old was true to his word and claimed another victory for the Milton-Keynes outfit. Now the 6-point gap has been extended to  12 points.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Mike Blake

With the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix, Verstappen aims to grab another win to increase his chances of winning the driver’s championship. Meanwhile, Hamilton would throw everything at him to stop him from doing so.

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With five races remaining till the end of the season, who do you think will claim the title? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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