F1 U.S Grand Prix: Max Verstappen ties record with 13th win of the season after Carlos Sainz crashes on 1st lap

Max Verstappen tied Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for the F1 single-season wins record with his 13th victory of 2022 on Sunday at Circuit of the Americas. Verstappen started second on the grid but got a good start, edging ahead of pole-sitter Carlos Sainz, who was subsequently taken out by Mercedes' George Russell in the first corner.

United States Grand Prix results

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT

  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

  3. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

  4. Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT

  5. George Russell, Mercedes

  6. Lando Norris, McLaren

  7. Fernando Alonso, Alpine

  8. Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari

  9. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes

  10. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT

  11. Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes

  12. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT

  13. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  14. Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault

  15. Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari

  16. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

  17. Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes

  18. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes

  19. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  20. Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari

United States Grand Prix starting grid

  1. Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari

  2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT

  3. Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT

  4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

  5. George Russell, Mercedes

  6. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes

  7. Lando Norris, McLaren

  8. Fernando Alonso, Alpine

  9. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  10. Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes

  11. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes

  12. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

  13. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT

  14. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  15. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT

  16. Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari

  17. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

  18. Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault

  19. Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari

  20. Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes

Top drivers and best bets for the United States Grand Prix

Verstappen is once again the heavy favorite for the race win as he is the only driver entering with a negative moneyline at -225 according to BetMGM. Perez and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton follow at +700 apiece, while Leclerc and Sainz Jr. both enter at +1000.

Owing to the track characteristics suiting the Red Bull powertrain, Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg is backing them in several areas: Verstappen to take pole (+100), Perez to secure a podium (+100) and Verstappen to score the race’s fastest lap (+125).

As for history at Circuit of the Americas, Hamilton is the winningest driver at the circuit, claiming five of the first six race wins from 2012 - 2017, while Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel each have notched one win there. No race at COTA has been won from outside the front row, making Saturday’s twilight qualifying session all the more important.

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton races during the third practice session at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on October 23, 2021, ahead of the F1 United States Grand Prix. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton has won five of the nine F1 United States Grands Prix run at Circuit of the Americas. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

United States Grand Prix weather

The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s. COTA’s newly resurfaced tarmac (due to bumps from sinking ground beneath) shouldn’t chew up tires even with the warm temperatures, meaning most teams will likely opt for a one-stop strategy.