THE FORMULA ONE season heads Stateside this weekend to the iconic Circuit of the Americas.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen resume their epic tussle for the F1 title, with just six points separating the two rivals.

  • Practice Three – UNDERWAY
  • Qualifying – 10pm tonight
  • Sunday: Race – 8pm

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  • FP3

    Here is the final time sheet of the third practice session with Sergio Perez topping his second successive session.

    Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen follow in second and third place respectively.

    Lewis Hamilton finishes sixth behind Lando Norris and Valtteri Bottas.

    More below:

  • FP3

    Red Bull star Max Verstappen has increased his lead in the table!

    Verstappen has put together a far more dominant display and widened the gap between him, Sergio Perez and of course Lewis Hamilton.

    Hamilton trails Verstappen by six tenths now

  • FP3

    Alpine star Fernando Alonso will get a new engine for the rest of this weekend.

    That means Alonso joins Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and George Russell with a grid drop

  • FP3

    Alpine star Fernando Alonso is out early on the third practice session.

    Alonso stopped on track on his first lap and then was seen spinning into the barrier on what turned out to be his final one

  • AND THEY’RE OFF!

    The engines have turned off and the cars are off for one more hour of racing before qualifying later tonight.

    The drivers are not in a huge rush to take off as they are sizing the track up.

    Sebastian Vettel is the first one to take off!

  • ALMOST THERE!

    Practice 3 starts at any minute now in Austin, Texas.

    Stay tuned as will be bringing you all the live action!

  • HAMILT-ON

    Safe to say that Lewis Hamilton is ready for the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

    Here’s what he tweeted upon his arrival:

  • MORE FROM WOLFF

    “I think when you look at Monza, for example, Valtteri [Bottas] had to start from the back and we are losing points on the way.

    “We are trying to push the performance every year, and this year we’ve come to a point where that has cost us points.

    “Over the last seven or eight years, that mindset has won us races and championships.

    “So I would have hoped for a few less penalties and use less engines, but this year it has really hit us hard.

    “McLaren and Aston Martin are more fortunate and in that respect, we just have to take it on the chin and do the best possible job”

  • FORMULA WRONG

    Lewis Hamilton has been dealt another blow in his pursuit of the world championship as Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes engines are ‘hanging on for dear life’.

    Wolff said: “I think you see that we are suffering with reliability this year.

    “We are going on to the sixth engine, I believe it is for Valtteri, and it’s not something we choose to do.

    “On the contrary, we are trying to really get on top of the problems and we haven’t understood [them] fully.

    “I think we are a step closer now, so it’s not always that we are literally easy with having the engines.

    “We are hanging on for dear life in supplying all customers and that is not trivial”

  • THE COUNTDOWN IS ON

    Practice 3 comes to you at 7pm tonight, before we have updates from qualifying at 10.

    Who else is excited?

  • LANDO’S LOW-DOWN

    Lando Norris was recently voted as ‘Ladies’ favourite driver’ in a survey on Formula 1 fans.

    Reacting to the news, Bristol-born Norris said: “It’s really cool. Fans are the reason Formula 1 exists, in a way. I feel like I do quite a bit for the fans and it’s nice to know I have a lot of people supporting me, cheering me on and just being there for me. That’s awesome.

    “It’s good to know I can influence them or try to help change them, say good things every now and then. Normally I’m not very good at saying good things, but the fact I have the chance to influence that many people is pretty awesome.

    “Especially, I guess, with the women. There are so few women in motorsport and racing, so the more I can hopefully impact on that and give them the chance to believe they can be here in Formula 1 – maybe not just as a race driver but also engineering or mechanic-ing or whatever – there are plenty of spaces for them to do that.

    “If I can have an influence on them, that’s great. But I guess the more fans the merrier as well. It’s a nice thing to see.”

  • TODAY’S SCHEDULE

    A reminder of the timings for today’s Practice and Qualifying in Texas:

    • Practice Three
    • Qualifying

    *UK time

  • BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA

    Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is eager for the F1 calendar to return to South Africa.

    A race hasn’t been held on the continent since 1993.

    And when asked where the Brit would like to see a GP held, he said: “The place that I really feel is dear to my heart and most important for me is to get a race back in South Africa.

    “I think there’s a great following out there. I think it would be great to be able to highlight just how beautiful the motherland is.”

  • ‘CAPABLE’

    Max Verstappen’s former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo believes the Dutchman has what it takes to beat seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to the title.

    The McLaren driver said: “Although Lewis has the experience of winning World titles, I don’t really see that as an advantage now.

    “They are both capable, Lewis has proven it, but Max is capable and he has a pretty stable head on his shoulders now.

    “He has proven that with some of the drives he has done this year so I am kind of at the point where I am just looking forward to see how it unfolds.”

  • SIX TO GO

    Here’s a reminder of how the F1 2021 season has played out so far.

    The season is beginning to draw to a conclusion, with a thrilling title race playing out.

    F1 US Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Latest from FP3 and qualifying as Perez goes fastest AGAIN – stream, TV, updates

    🏁 F1 2021 calendar: practice times, dates and racetrack info

  • MORE FROM TOTO

    Toto Wolff also admitted that Mercedes’ engines are ‘hanging on for dear life’ after Valteri Bottas took a five-place grid penalty by having a new one fitted yesterday.

    He said: “I think you see that we are suffering with reliability this year.

    “We are going on to the sixth engine, I believe it is for Valtteri, and it’s not something we choose to do.

    “On the contrary, we are trying to really get on top of the problems and we haven’t understood [them] fully.

    “I think we are a step closer now, so it’s not always that we are literally easy with having the engines.

    “We are hanging on for dear life in supplying all customers and that is not trivial.”

  • TOTO TALK

    Mercedes Team Principal and CEO Toto Wolff thinks the championship title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen could come down to the final race.

    When asked if it was going down to the wire, he said: “Yes, I think it will, because the swings of points are not massive. Goes one direction and then the other way.

    “I’ve said before I think that the DNFs are the killer for this championship because you can’t.

    “It’s very difficult to recover a 25-point loss, so you need to minimise the mistakes. It’s exciting to see.”

  • ‘WORK TO DO’

    Lewis Hamilton was reasonably content with his Friday practice sessions.

    The 36-year-old finished the day third fastest after having a number of lap times deleted for exceeding track limits.

    Hamilton said: “Generally, it’s been a good day but there’s still work to do.

    “The first session was really good, but I made some changes for FP2 and I wasn’t as happy with the car.

    “The pace wasn’t bad, but I think we lost a bit of ground to everyone, so we need to dig into the data tonight and figure out why.

    “The surface here feels rougher and that means it’s a struggle to keep the temperature out of the tyres, so there’s more degradation than we’ve experienced before.

    “It’s been a productive day so we have plenty of findings that we should be able to navigate well and improve for tomorrow.”

  • AS IT STANDS

    Here’s a look at how the Driver Standings heading into USA Grand Prix.

    Lewis Hamilton trails rival Max Verstappen by six points, with six races left on the 2021 calendar.

    The title race could go right down to the wire…

    F1 US Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Latest from FP3 and qualifying as Perez goes fastest AGAIN – stream, TV, updates
  • ‘WORK TO DO’

    Valteri Bottas will be hit with a five-place penalty from wherever he qualifies for Sunday’s race after taking on a new engine.

    But he has still vowed to do all he can to finish on the podium in Texas.

    He said: “There’s quite a bit of work to do, no doubt, we need to find what are the best options we can take.

    “I will be definitively be racing other cars, with the penalty, so I’ll need to be overtaking other cars.

    “I want to make it to the podium and fight for the win, so there’s lots of work to be done, as always.”

  • ‘PLAYGROUND ACTIVITY’

    Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went wheel-to-wheel in yesterday’s practice, with the Dutchman calling Hamilton a ‘stupid idiot’ on his radio.

    But speaking on the incident, Red Bull team principal Chrstian Horner said: “I think there’s not too much to read into it.

    “It’s like playground activity really. So, obviously, Max had passed Lewis earlier in the lap, Lewis then obviously felt that he wanted to pass Max at the end of that lap, and then they drove around, drove down to the first corner.

    “Then it all got a bit messy. I think Max indicated that he would have been first on the road! So I wouldn’t read too much into it.”

  • PRACTICE 2 IS DONE – PEREZ LEADS THE WAY BUT VERSTAPPEN DID NOT DO A QUALIFYING RUN

    The Dutchman is keeping his powder dry, and it is the Mexican who is quickest as Red Bull look like they have improved.

    Norris in P2, Hamilton P3 and Bottas in P4. Verstappen down in eighth.

  • CRASH FOR ALONSO

    The Spaniard loses control and spins into the barriers, but he is moving again. His car looks undamaged and he’s back in the garage.

  • 10 MINUTES TO GO

    And it is still Perez at the top of the timesheets as the team complete their long runs.

  • PEREZ LEADS THE WAY

    Norris, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Stroll, Leclerc, Verstappen, Sainz, Giovinazzi is the top 10 at just after the halfway stage of FP2.

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