Round 19 F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings: Max Verstappen now with 13 wins after COTA victory

13 October 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

AUSTIN, TEXAS Circuit of the Americas — Qualifying P2 and benefiting from a Lap 1, Turn 1 incident that ended pole position driver Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) day early, Max Verstappen drove his Red Bull to victory, but not without some late race drama that gave the 400,000 fans what they came to see.

Verstappen had a comfortable lead through the first 2/3rds of the race, but a bad air gun caused a 13 second pit stop allowing Charels Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton to pass. But Verstappen, showing great patience, set up for and passed Leclerc with ease. Then after a number of thrilling laps battling Hamilton, Verstappen passed the Mercedes for the lead with seven laps remaining before clinching his 13th victory of the season.

With his 5th place finish, George Russell moves up one spot in F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings, with Carlos Sainz falling to P5 after his 20th place disaster at COTA.

Formula 1 GFT AI Driver Rankings after Round 19 — United States GP at Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas. (Image: GFT Digital / gofullthrottle.net)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull) overtakes Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-AMG) at COTA (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Red Bull Clinches its first Constructors’ title since 2013

Image Credit: Red Bull Racing

3 RACES TO GO
Round 20- October 28–30 Mexico GP
Round 21- November 11–13 Brazil GP
Round 22- November 18–20 Abu Dhabi

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