Hamilton had to battle his way to second having pitted later than his two main rivals on the day, passing Norris with a handful of laps to go as the McLaren's hard tyres began to fade. However, the Brit along with Charles Leclerc were disqualified after the race following a breach of floor and plank regulations regarding their Mercedes and Ferrari cars.
Carlos Sainz came home in fourth, promoted to third, thanks to a clever race of tyre management while Sergio Perez passed the one-stopping Leclerc for an eventual fourth late on.
Coming off the back of the flat-out Qatar GP and the rather lacklustre sprint at COTA, F1 really needed an intriguing race and it didn't even come from constant wheel-to-wheel action.
There are some people who don't like the strategic aspect of F1 but without it, the fastest car and driver would simply drive off into the distance and never be seen again, and that's not the recipe for a good race.
Tyre wear forced a two-stop race for the majority of the field and it meant there was plenty of chopping and changing at the front and nobody could properly get away to a big lead.
Not every race can be this cat and mouse game but there is an element of excitement when it comes even when there isn't much in the way of overtaking at the sharp end.
United States GP Classification
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Lando Norris (McLaren): +10.730s
3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari): +15.134s
4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull): +18.460s
5. George Russell (Mercedes): +24.999s
6. Pierre Gasly (Alpine): +47.996s
7. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin): +48.696s
8. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri): +1:14.385s
9. Alex Albon (Williams): +1:26.714s (including 5-second penalty)
10. Logan Sargeant (Williams): +1:27.998s
11. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas): +1:29.904s
12. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): +1:38.601s
13. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo): +1lap
14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas): +1lap
15. Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri): +1lap
16. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin): DNF
17. Oscar Piastri (McLaren): DNF
18. Esteban Ocon (Alpine): DNF
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