AUSTIN (KXAN) — Fans at Circuit of the Americas will get exactly what they hoped for when the Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix starts Sunday at 2 p.m.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, No. 1 and No. 2 in the driver’s championship standings, will be No. 1 and No. 2 in the starting lineup Sunday.
Add another chapter to the growing rivalry between two of the biggest names in the sport.
Red Bull’s Verstappen holds a six-point lead over seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) with six races to go in the season. Hamilton is a five-time winner at the U.S. Grand Prix.
On Friday, tempers flared between the two drivers during practice. Verstappen and Hamilton went side-by-side, which is very rare during a practice session, down one of the straightaways at COTA. The move certainly irritated Verstappen who could be heard calling Hamilton a “stupid idiot” over his team radio.
Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez, who is from Guadalajara, Mexico, will start in third. Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth, but will start in ninth after a penalty.
You can watch the U.S. Grand Prix Sunday at 2 p.m. on ABC.
US Grand Prix starting grid
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing|
|3||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull Racing|
|5||Carlos Sainz, Jr.||Ferrari|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo|
|13||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin|
|15||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin|