Max Verstappen put in a brilliant drive at the 2021 United States Grand Prix to deny Lewis Hamilton a vital win. But how did it affect the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings?

Hamilton, starting second on the grid, took the lead into Turn 1, but an early stop by Red Bull saw Verstappen claim track position which the Mercedes driver almost clawed back but was beaten by just over one second on the final lap. 

As a result, Verstappen extends his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 12 points after Hamilton claimed fastest lap at the Circuit of the Americas.

F1 2021 Drivers’ Standings after United States GP

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull454
2Charles LeclercFerrari308
3Sergio PerezRed Bull305
4George RussellMercedes275
5Carlos SainzFerrari246
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes240
7Lando NorrisMcLaren122
8Esteban OconAlpine92
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine81
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo49
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin37
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren37
13Kevin MagnussenHaas25
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23
15Lance StrollAston Martin18
16Mick SchumacherHaas12
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri12
18Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo6
19Alex AlbonWilliams4
20Nyck De VriesWilliams2
21Nicholas LatifiWilliams2
22Nico HulkenbergAston Martin0

Elsewhere in the Constructors Championship, Mercedes now hold a lead over Red Bull of just 23 points after Sergio Perez came in third and Valtteri Bottas could only manage sixth place.  Ferrari closed the gap with McLaren to just 3.5 points as the pair battle for third position. 

Pos.TeamPoints
1Red Bull759
2Ferrari554
3Mercedes515
4Alpine173
5McLaren159
6Alfa Romeo55
7Aston Martin55
8Haas37
9AlphaTauri35
10Williams8
F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race alongside second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and third place Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and constructors trophy winner Honda’s F1 Managing Director Masashi Yamamoto REUTERS/Mike Blake