Verstappen Grandstand and red Bulls Verstappen narrowly beat Hamilton and Mercedes for pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session, with runner-up Sergio Perez starting third as Verstappen’s rear shooter.
Side-by-side debut Verstappen and Hamilton take a tantalizing look at what happened earlier this season between the two rivals.
Verstappen Grandstand and High-speed Crash For Verstappen At Silverstone:
The two came into contact on multiple occasions resulting in a high-speed crash for Verstappen at Silverstone and a DNF for the two at Monza. The steep climb to Turn 1 of the Circuit of the Americas allows for different racing lines, but also allows the interior car to fend off a competitor, as Hamilton did against Nico Rosberg in 2015.
Red Bull boss Horner acknowledges the start crucial on Sunday given the difficulty of overtaking around Austin’s COTA.
Predicts Fireworks As Turn 1 Approaches:
I think it’s hard to follow here so you really want to take Turn 1, said Horner, Sky Sports F1. I think it will be a grandstand start over there at turn 1. We have at least two guys leading the pack.
COTA’s most important crossing point in Turn 11, which comes after a kilometer-long DRS straight.
This could prove to be very important given Mercedes’ advantage over Red Bull, which worried Horner earlier this weekend. But Horner believes that if Verstappen gets off to a good start, he could be out of Hamilton’s reach.
- I think it’s pretty hard to keep up with the pace in these cars so if we can clean up the area you hope when you get to 11 you get the little hole.
- It will be crucial. If Max can see Sergio’s yellow helmet in his mirrors, I think he would be much happier for it.
Possibility Of Hamilton Stalking:
Asked about the possibility of Hamilton stalking him early, Verstappen says not to worry about what might happen.
I think we just need to focus on ourselves, try to have a good race and try to be as fast as possible, he said. Sky Sports F1. I’m not worried about what’s going on behind me, I just need to focus on myself.