During the opening commentary of the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix Martin Brundle and David Crofty discussed how Max Verstappen clinching the world driver’s championship with 4 races remaining, may actually spice up some of the racing that we see take place the rest of the season. At first, even though I understood where they were coming from, I couldn’t help but disagree because there is a little bit of glory in the way drivers approach an entire season in a strategic way. Needless to say, I was wrong to disagree because the United States Grand Prix that took place in Austin was very likely the most exciting race this season! So here are my three takeaways from the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix!
HAM v VER Returns!
In the closing stages of the grand prix, we saw a significant push from Mercedes and a minor ball drop from Red Bull allowing Lewis Hamilton to secure a podium position but to also genuinely fight for a potential victory here in Austin. Now of course, Hamilton ended up getting caught out by Verstappen and the RB18 but there’s no denying that Hamilton was incredibly close to achieving his first win this season. With no more upgrades planned for the W13 and only three races remaining in the season it’s unlikely that Lewis and Mercedes will be able to secure a win but there’s no doubt that the final stint on the Circuit of the Americas has left Mercedes hungrier than ever before!
The 2023 Aston Martin Teammates Collide
Future teammates Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll collided late in the race in a collision where we nearly saw Alonso’s Alpine go completely airborne! Instead, Alonso only opted for an F1 style wheelie and a collision with the barrier. There’s a lot to analyze on here so I won’t bore you with details but basically Lance Stroll made a late move to block Fernando which resulted in his catastrophic DNF, meanwhile Alonso only received aerodynamic damage and a puncture, allowing him to finish the race ahead of Lance Stroll who will be his teammate in 2023, talk about spicy!
Sebastian Vettel Proves His Worth
Not that I ever personally doubted Sebastian Vettel’s ability to drive a fast car around a…