In the run-up to the United States Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has made his intentions clear—he is determined to challenge Max Verstappen for pole position.
During the practice sessions, Hamilton secured the third-fastest time, trailing Verstappen by just 0.281 seconds,
with Charles Leclerc from Ferrari splitting the two rivals. This early demonstration of speed and competitiveness by the seven-time
world champion suggests that he is well-positioned to be a strong contender in the upcoming qualifying session.
Hamilton, driving an upgraded Mercedes, showcased his prowess by delivering the fastest times in the first and second sectors during practice.
However, his final flying lap was disrupted by traffic on the circuit. Despite Verstappen clinching his third consecutive world title at the Qatar Grand Prix,
Hamilton's impressive pace at the Circuit of the Americas hints at an intense and closely fought battle between the two champions during the upcoming qualifying sessions.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari also demonstrated his impressive speed, finishing just 0.156 seconds behind Verstappen
This puts him in the mix as a potential contender in the race, adding an extra layer of excitement and unpredictability to the United States Grand Prix.