Verstappen wins U.S. Grand Prix as Red Bull completes double championship win

Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes, Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Third placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrate on the podium following the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Race winner Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, second placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, and third placed Charles Leclerc of Ferrari celebrate on the podium following the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. /Getty Images

Max Verstappen clinched Red Bull’s 2022 Constructor’s title with a win at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday and complete the team’s double championship.

Verstappen finished ahead of Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Sunday’s win was his record-tying 13th of the season. He joins Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel as the only Formula 1 drivers to win 13 races in a season. He can break the record by winning any one of this season’s three remaining races in Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi.

The 25-year-old already won the Formula 1 world championship with a win at the Japanese GP on October 9.

Coming to Austin, Red Bull only needed to score 26 points to be declared the Constructors’ title winner.

Verstappen started the race in second place behind Carlos Sainz, but took the lead early on to avoid drama that saw the Ferrari driver clash with Mercedes’ George Russell at Turn 1.

From then on, the champion looked set for a comfortable victory at the Circuit of The Americas, dealing with multiple Safety Car restarts and managing his pace expertly.

A slow pit stop however complicated his plan, as Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc swept past him.

Verstappen however kept the pressure on and overtook both, with Hamilton’s pass coming with only six laps remaining.

“It was tough one. It was all looking good and then, of course, the pit stop was a bit longer than we would like, so I had to fight my way forward again. But we gave it everything out there today,” said Verstappen after the race.

Verstappen’s win gave Red Bull its fifth constructors’ title, and first since 2013. It also snapped Mercedes’ string of eight straight constructors’ titles.

However, the win was bittersweet.

Sunday’s triumph came a day after the team’s owner Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of the Red Bull energy drink company, died at the age of 78.