An aggressive approach initially paid off for Lewis Hamilton as he overtook Max Verstappen at the start of the race. Hamilton dived for the inside and surged into the lead on the first turn, forcing Verstappen’s Red Bull wide after he was unable to cut off the Mercedes.
The early action in the contest turned into more of a chess match than a slugfest, a matter of team strategy and tire stability, increments not incidents, on a hot afternoon in Texas, with Hamilton staying out on his tires longer than Verstappen.
In the end though, as Hamilton played catch-up and got close, the Red Bull driver finished 1.3 seconds ahead of the Mercedes. The win means Verstappen extended his advantage at the top of the standings to 12 points.
See what Nick Bromberg had to say at Yahoo Sports:
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Formula 1 has the recap: