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On a baking hot afternoon in Texas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Max Verstappen – 9

Stunned Mercedes with his pole-winning effort on a track where Red Bull hadn't topped qualifying since 2013 after making good set-up progress through practice. Misses the maximum because he lost the lead at the start, despite launching well. Executed Red Bull's aggressive strategy to perfection, keeping his tyres alive to raise his pace at the end. Benefited from Schumacher's Haas giving him DRS starting the final lap.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

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