Lewis Hamilton starts ahead of Max Verstappen and George Russell at US GP

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to secure his first F1 victory in 686 days tonight by winning the United States Grand Prix from third on the grid. The Mercedes ace will have the added benefit of starting ahead of George Russell and Max Verstappen, who will line up in fifth and sixth respectively.

Charles Leclerc will start on pole after edging out Lando Norris in Friday’s qualifying session, with the McLaren driver joining him on the front row of the grid. Hamilton will certainly be hoping to pull ahead of both drivers when the five red lights go out, but he has already insisted that Verstappen will be the man to beat despite starting from further back than he is used to.

“Ultimately I think he will be breathing down our necks before too long with the pace that he had today, but I think it’ll open up for a good fight with Charles and Lando,” said Hamilton after Saturday’s sprint.

“We are all quite similar in pace so hopefully we can get to have a good battle tomorrow and if we can all keep Max behind tomorrow that’ll be awesome. But, if not, no worries.”

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What happened in qualifying?

Charles Leclerc managed to grab pole position in qualifying on Friday night after Max Verstappen saw his final lap time deleted for exceeding track limits.

The Dutchman went quicker than any other driver in the final seconds of Q3 but was unable to keep his car inside the white lines and paid a heavy price.

It will see Verstappen start today’s race from sixth on the grid, one place behind George Russell and three behind Lewis Hamilton.

Catch up on the full story from qualifying HERE.

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Charles Leclerc will start on pole position when the five red lights go out, with Lando Norris lining up in second place.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to challenge for his first win of the campaign from third on the grid, while Max Verstappen finds himself down in sixth after a poor qualifying session on Friday.

We’re just an hour away from the start of today’s race and will be keeping you updated with the action as it happens. Stay tuned!

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