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United States Grand Prix Facts & Stats: Red Bull’s 200th podium and Honda’s first US win since Senna

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 24: Third placed Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing and Masashi

After his 18th F1 win, Max Verstappen leaves Austin leading the championship from Lewis Hamilton by 12 points with 5 rounds of the 2021 season remaining. Important numbers, but far from the only interesting ones to come out of Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. Here’s our round-up…

• Verstappen and Hamilton have now finished 1-2 on 24 occasions - Verstappen has been ahead on 7 of those, with 5 of them coming this year.

• Every United States Grand Prix in Austin has been won from the front row of the grid.

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• Verstappen had never won in the United States, and Red Bull had not won here since 2013.

• Verstappen now leads the championship by 12 points – his largest advantage since Austria 8 races ago.

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• Verstappen had only led 2 laps in Austin before today.

• A Honda-powered car won in the United States for the first time since Ayrton Senna’s 1991 win for McLaren in Phoenix.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 24: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 makes

This is becoming a habit - Charles Leclerc took his 6th P4 finish of 2021

• Hamilton has never won the title when he's not led the championship standings coming to Austin.

• Hamilton led more laps today than in the previous 9 Grands Prix combined (11 laps).

• Hamilton has still not won at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) since 2017.

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• As well as taking the win, with Sergio Perez 3rd, Red Bull scores their 200th podium finish as a constructor today.

• It was the first time Red Bull have had both cars on the podium in consecutive races since Malaysia/Japan 2017 with Verstappen and then-team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

• His podium means Perez moves ahead of McLaren rival Lando Norris for 4th in the drivers’ championship.

• Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was 4th for the 6th time this year, but still only has 1 podium finish in 2021.

• Leclerc moves back ahead of team mate Carlos Sainz in the championship.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 24: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 looks on in the Paddock

Keep on smiling - it was a 33rd consecutive F1 finish for Daniel Ricciardo

• McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo secured his 3rd top-5 finish in the last 4 races and his best United States Grand Prix finish since 2016.

• It was also Ricciardo’s 33rd consecutive race finish – the longest active streak on the grid.

• In the second Mercedes Valtteri Bottas took P6, meaning he still only has 1 top-4 finish at COTA, which is his victory in 2019.

• With P7, Carlos Sainz maintained his 100 percent point-scoring record at COTA in his 6th Austin F1 start.

• All of Sainz’s 6 Austin points finishes have been between 6th and 8th place.

• With P9, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda scored his first points since the summer break.

• At Aston Martin, Sebastian Vettel tool P10 to end his 4-race pointless streak.

• Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi finished P11 for the 2nd race running. He has only scored 1 point in 2021.

• Neither Alpine car finished – the first double DNF for the Enstone team since Germany 2019.

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