Hamilton led from the beginning, however Verstappen undercut him on the first spherical of pitstops.
Though that gave Verstappen the lead, it all the time meant he’d be weak on tyre life within the closing levels.
Hamilton chased him down, however was unable to get shut sufficient to assault and he got here up simply quick after a charging drive.
2021 US Grand Prix race outcomes
How the US Grand Prix unfolded
From pole place Verstappen obtained wheelspin off the beginning line and Hamilton rocketed previous him into Flip 1, holding the within line from P2 on the grid to steer. Behind them, Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin obtained punted right into a spin by fellow Canadian Nicholas Latifi’s Wiliams at Flip 1.
Hamilton led Verstappen, Sergio Perez (Purple Bull) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), whereas Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) and Lando Norris (McLaren) fought laborious over fifth. Eighth-placed Yuki Tsunoda held Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) at bay, and his AlphaTauri team-mate Pierre Gasly managed to cross Bottas on lap 3.
Hamilton couldn’t draw back from Verstappen, who famous that Lewis was “sliding so much”, whereas Perez fell away by 5s on lap 10. Verstappen pitted early on lap 11 for laborious tyres, placing him again behind Ricciardo however he shortly handled the McLaren on the again straight. Perez pitted for mediums on lap 13, however it was a comparatively sluggish cease.
Hamilton pitted on lap 14, choosing laborious tyres, and Verstappen took the lead with a 6.7s benefit however with three laps much less on his similar-compound tyres.
Because the race approached half distance, Hamilton carved into Verstappen’s lead, chopping it to below 3s by the point Max pitted for a second time on lap 30 – giving him a 26-lap run to the end. Purple Bull feared it might get undercut by Hamilton like Verstappen had performed to him after the opening stint.
Mercedes opted to run lengthy, with Hamilton pitting on lap 37, rejoining 8.8s behind Verstappen.
Verstappen misplaced a piece of time behind Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, who’d earlier clashed with Fernando Alonso (Alpine), for which Raikkonen obtained a black and white flag.
With 10 laps to go, Hamilton obtained to inside 3.4s of Verstappen along with his tyres that have been seven laps brisker. He obtained the hole below 2s with six laps remaining, and the hole briefly obtained below 1s with two laps to go, however crucially not within the DRS detection zone.
Verstappen clung on to win by 1.3s over Hamilton. Behind the lead battle, Perez completed a transparent third (though he struggled bodily with no ingesting water within the automotive), forward of Leclerc and the battling Ricciardo and Sainz. Bottas obtained forward of Norris for seventh and closed in on their struggle, passing Sainz within the closing laps for sixth.
Behind Norris, Tsunoda completed ninth, forward of Sebastian Vettel, whose Aston handed Raikkonen when the Finn spun with 4 laps to go.
Gasly slowed with a suspension subject and retired, whereas each Alpines additionally retired.