If that wasn't bad enough, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified for overly-worn skid blocks – something Toto Wolff directly attributed to Mercedes having just one practice session to get their setup right. Make no mistake – the sprint format robbed Hamilton of this podium.
Liberty Media are dead set on making Friday sessions 'more watchable', but it's clearly starting to impact the main event on Sundays, the one day that really matters. For what, the 20-lap procession we saw on Saturday evening? Something's got to give.
Lando Norris never fails to get the most out of his car every single race and even though he lost out to Verstappen at COTA, he still kept his head and brought home a fourth successive podium when others would have buckled.
Cal Gaunt: F1 Journalist
This is always a race I look forward to, and I’ve come away not feeling an ounce of disappointment. Okay, it could have been a less-than-predictable final result, but you can’t have it all.
The race was a captivating strategic battle, marked by differing tyre compound choices and variations in tyre age. The RB19 faced challenges it isn’t used to on the uneven track surface, and the race appeared to highlight what I (really) hope is a narrowing performance gap between Red Bull and their competitors.
McLaren again showcased impressive race pace via Lando Norris, but their tyres appeared to deteriorate faster than those on the Mercedes. Ferrari also secured valuable points, with Carlos Sainz leading the charge.
Well done to Lance Stroll, too, who rounded off what has been a largely disappointing weekend for the whole of Aston Martin with a points finish.
On to Mexico we go!
Ronan Murphy: Social Media Editor
Clear eyes, dodgy brakes, can't lose.
Max Verstappen's brakes weren't at their best. Nor was his patience at times. But when that man is on form, he can't lose.
While much of America will be tuning in to NFL Redzone, Verstappen touched down with a brilliant win of his own to take his overall tally to 50.
Only Michael Schumacher did it quicker.
Verstappen is in that conversation now. And deservedly so. Forget the better equipment claims. How can it be better if it's not working properly?
Max just has the extreme focus and determination to win. And that he does. Again and again.
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