Red Bull In USA Takes Both Wins – Drivers Last Week – Constructors Today

Verstappen’s 13th win of the year – he equals Sebastian Vettel (2013) and Michael Schumacher (2004) for the most victories in a single season – allied with a fourth place for Pérez sealed the deal on Red Bull’s most successful season in a decade, and with time to add more silverware the trophy cabinet.

Verstappen came home five seconds ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc rounding out the podium after a tense conclusion to a race that came alive in the final 17 laps. 

Here’s the tale of the tape from round 19 of the season in Texas.

With just 14 laps to go, Verstappen needed to pass both drivers to get back to where he felt he belonged, and his superior straight-line speed saw him take the lead with five laps left, with he and Hamilton reprising memories of their 2021 title fight as they ran side-by-side for several corners.

“That was a tough one,” Verstappen beamed after the race. 

“It was all looking good, but then of course the pit stop was a bit longer than we would have liked so I had to fight my way forward again. But we gave it everything out there today, I pushed to the limit to come back.

“We had a big chance to win the constructors’ (championship) here, and of course you want to do that in style – I think we did that today.” 

The grid pays tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz (AUT) CEO and Founder of Red Bull. 23.10.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 19, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Race Day. – www.xpbimages.com

Oracle Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner was thrilled with the constructors’ championship triumph, and the manner in which Verstappen recovered after his pit lane problems. 

“Max had to fight back after a difficult pit stop, we had a problem with the wheel gun,” explained Horner.

“He just got his head down, and I thought ‘there’s only going to be one outcome to that race’.

“After eight long years … this means everything to us. It’s been such a journey. We’ve had the tough years, we’ve had to keep picking ourselves up and dusting ourselves off. The hard work, the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into this … this one means the world to us.”

Want proof of the strength of a modern-day F1 car? Check out Alonso’s race for Alpine. The Spanish veteran finished seventh on the road after a remarkable incident which saw him clip Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll as they battled on the flat-out back straight. Alonso’s car was sent skywards with only its rear wheels touching the ground before thudding back to earth. But a pit stop for a fresh set of tyres later, Alonso was back in the thick of it and finished seventh, which became 15th after he was issued with a penalty for driving with a damaged car, one of his side mirrors falling onto the track late in the race. 

Another driver in the thick of the action was the driver Alonso will replace as Stroll’s team-mate at Aston Martin next year, Sebastian Vettel. The soon-to-retire four-time world champion fought like his life depended on it against Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on the last lap to secure what was to become seventh place, his fire for the fight unquenched as his F1 career approaches its last laps.

Remember the scenes when Pérez became the first Mexican to lead the Mexico City Grand Prix a year ago? Us too, and if a race-weekend crowd of 371,000 last season is any guide, this year’s event (October 28-30) could go next level after Checo added his third and fourth F1 wins earlier this year in Monaco and Singapore. 

Located in a public park in the south-east of the massive metropolis, this race always has atmosphere by the bucket-load, especially now Pérez has become a front-running F1 force. The circuit has history, too: 2022 marks 60 years since the track named after racing brothers Ricardo and Pedro first hosted a non-championship F1 race, the world championship proper coming to the track from 1986-1992, and again from 2015 onwards.

Source Red Bull Magazine