LISTEN: The F1 Nation crew on that tense tussle in Texas, and what it means for the title race


After Formula 1’s pulsating return to the USA, Max Verstappen has a 12-point lead in the title race after taking his first win since Zandvoort and Damon Hill reckons the Dutchman now has "two fingers on the championship trophy".

But as the 1996 champ well knows, it’s not over until it’s over – and there are still five races to go in this thrilling season.

In this week's F1 Nation podcast Damon, Natalie Pinkham and Tom Clarkson give their take on a tense tussle in Texas and answer F1’s burning questions: why did Mercedes’ apparent Friday pace not win them the race on Sunday, what was the key to Red Bull’s aggressive race-winning strategy, and how thirsty would Sergio Perez have been after a Grand Prix with no drink system?

READ MORE: 6 Winners and 5 Losers from the US Grand Prix – Who had the crowd on their feet in Austin?

Plus there's reaction to the amazing Austin atmosphere, Ferrari’s tight fight with McLaren, Fernando Alonso’s dice with his old title rival Kimi Raikkonen, the finale of W Series and the amazing sight of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal towering above the F1 podium.

Listen to the podcast here or in the player below – and if you’ve got a question you’d like to ask ‘96 Champ Damon, please record it as a voice memo and send it to askdamonhill[at]gmail[dot]com.

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