F1 title can be selected in the US and Mexico | Sports

AUSTIN, Texas, USA (AP) – Lewis Hamilton has denied his commitment to winning the United States Grand Prix. But the truth is that the Briton is behind Max Verstappen in the fight for the Formula 1 drivers’ championship.

The Dutchman should be considered the favorite in the next stage of the season, the Mexican Grand Prix.

Verstappen has won twice in the Mexican capital, where the F1 race is scheduled for November 7 and where the Red Bull team is dominant.

But first comes Sunday’s race at the Circuit of the Americas. And Hamilton considers this track a “happy hunting ground,” given that he’s been victorious five times in Texas.

Verstappen has only six points this season.

“It’s important to win every race in some way, you know? You have to get as many points as possible. That’s our target for the next six races,” Hamilton commented on Thursday. “It’s going to be very difficult, and there will be times when we can overtake Red Bull. I don’t like to assume that Mexico is not going to be a good race, but it’s usually very strong in Mexico.

The formula is returning to North America for the first time since the pandemic began. Races in Austin and Mexico City were canceled last year. Montreal will host the Grand Prix again next year, for the first time since 2019.

The series returns with a thrilling title fight between a rookie Verstappen and a devoted Hamilton. The Briton took the 2015 and 2019 titles in Texas.

Verstappen, winner of seven races this season, has not taken a single win in Austin, but he has performed well. In 2015, as a 17-year-old rookie, he climbed astonishingly to fourth in the rain with Toro Rosso, demonstrating his ability to win the title one day.

He finished second in 2018 and third in 2019. But now he’s the Red Bulls on top.

His teammates can play an important role on Sunday.

Valtteri Bottas drove his Mercedes to victory, ahead of Verstappen, two weeks ago in Turkey, and won in Austin in 2019, at the start.

Red Bull will need Mexican Sergio Perez to start at the top so he can help Verstappen put pressure on Mercedes.

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