Mercedes look like they’re going to have to wait another two years for a 100% series win, not just at the all-conquering Formula 1 US Grand Prix but, crucially, when you factor in that half of the 22-car grid is now sporting ‘Silver Arrows’.
Here’s a tear-jerker and something to weep over in celebration of the Red Bull Junior’s momentous victory: Max Verstappen, not only beating team-mate and two-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, on the final lap to secure the big win for Red Bull, but passing F1’s most dominant driver on the final lap to do it.
What makes it so lovely is the fact that Verstappen was second behind Mercedes’ 18-year-old teenage protege in qualifying, and that Lewis quickly made the move which he’s been doing so well this season as his championship lead lengthened: making a top-two move to beat both Mercedes cars and seize a one-stop strategy in case of a Sunday afternoon that he just couldn’t lose.
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Fans in the stands erupted as Max stormed past Hamilton – during which time it was hard to not imagine what they must have been thinking – and it was a hell of a end to a season in which ‘Mercedes 400’ became a real possibility for the first time since Nico Rosberg first walked through the gates at Silverstone in 2014.