Verstappen remains top despite mistake, Perez in deeper trouble – Ratings

Max Verstappen won the United States Grand Prix for his 50th GP victory, despite making a mistake during qualifying and facing braking problems during the race.

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‣ Max Verstappen won the United States Grand Prix, marking his 50th GP victory.
Lando Norris had a strong weekend for McLaren, with strong qualifying sessions and good races.
Sergio Perez underperformed in qualifying and races, finishing fourth and fifth despite Verstappen’s pace.
George Russell had a difficult weekend, being slower than his teammate and making mistakes on the track.


Max Verstappen emerged victorious at the United States Grand Prix, securing his 50th GP win. Despite his success, Verstappen encountered some challenges throughout the race weekend. In the final part of qualifying, he made a mistake by braking at the first corner, pushing him to push harder for the rest of the lap and resulting in him going over the track limits. Despite this setback, Verstappen strategically managed the braking problems and ultimately clinched the win.

Lando Norris showcased an impressive performance for McLaren throughout the weekend. After his teammate stole the spotlight in Qatar, Norris bounced back and qualified strongly twice. He also executed solid races.

Carlos Sainz managed to secure his first podium finish, which was undoubtedly a positive outcome. However, Sainz faced difficulties in both qualifying sessions, trailing behind his teammate, Leclerc. He also finished ahead of Leclerc in the race mainly due to a one-stop strategy implemented by the team.

Sergio Perez received cheers from the crowd but failed to secure a podium spot. Perez struggled during qualifying and his pace in the races, despite climbing up the ranks. Given Verstappen’s exceptional performance, it was expected that Perez would achieve more than a fourth and fifth-place finish.

George Russell had a challenging weekend, trailing behind his teammate in every session and facing conversations with stewards due to his track mistakes.

Pierre Gasly had a strong showing for AlphaTauri throughout the weekend, surpassing his teammate at Alpine in every session. Due to disqualifications, Gasly earned significant points.

Although Lance Stroll was slower than Fernando Alonso in most sessions, he showcased a particularly strong race on Sunday. While his teammate retired with issues, Stroll managed to secure some points after starting from the pits.

Yuki Tsunoda continued to impress for AlphaTauri, scoring points once again and putting on a commendable performance.

Alexander Albon stood out as the strongest Williams driver for the entire weekend, earning a couple of points following the disqualifications.

Logan Sargeant finished behind Albon but delivered two strong races. Although he couldn’t celebrate, he secured his first point in F1.

Nico Hulkenberg expected more from Haas’ updates but struggled to make progress in the United States.

The Alfa Romeo drivers, Bottas and Zhou, had a lackluster performance, failing to achieve significant results.

Kevin Magnussen was faster than his teammate in several sessions but once again missed out on points for Haas.

Daniel Ricciardo‘s return did not pan out as he hoped. Although he performed well in qualifying, he failed to secure any points and was slower than his teammate during the race.

Fernando Alonso stood out as the fastest Aston Martin driver despite not scoring any points. The Aston Martin car faced challenges with both speed and reliability at the Circuit of the Americas.

Oscar Piastri had a disappointing weekend, wasting his qualifying opportunity and encountering contacts during both races. The sprint race resulted in a significant loss, and the Grand Prix ended prematurely for Piastri.

Esteban Ocon had a challenging weekend, trailing behind his teammate in every session and failing to secure points due to an unfortunate collision with Piastri.

Lewis Hamilton delivered an exceptionally strong performance in the United States, aiming for his first victory since 2021. Despite his efforts, victory eluded him, and he even had his podium finish stripped away.

Charles Leclerc also had a promising weekend, outperforming Sainz in every session. However, he faced setbacks during Sunday’s race, slipping down the ranks and ultimately losing out on valuable points.

Albert Ramirez
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