Hill - Hamilton can land US win

21 October 2021 01:20:50 GMTPlus11
Hamilton is in a title battle with Verstappen

British Formula 1 legend Damon Hill expects Lewis Hamilton to win the United States Grand Prix and close the gap to title rival Max Verstappen.

Hamilton is 13/8 to win at Circuit of the Americas with Verstappen 8/11 to claim victory. In the title race, Verstappen is 6/5 to win a first World Drivers' Championship with Hamilton 4/6.

Title scrap

The pair have been locked in an epic battle for the Championship this season and, while Red Bull ace Verstappen holds a six-point lead over Mercedes man Hamilton, the Dutchman has failed to claim maximum points in any of the last three Grands Prix.

Hamilton, who is chasing a record-breaking eighth F1 title, suffered a setback last time out when a 10-place grid penalty meant that he only finished fifth in the Turkish Grand Prix.

Everything is now on a very fine balancing tip.

Damon Hill

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However, the 36-year-old Briton has an excellent record at Circuit of the Americas, winning six times in Austin, and Hill believes he will close the gap or even leapfrog Verstappen on Sunday.

"I think Lewis is going to win, but that would also just bring him back perhaps into touch and there'll be nothing between them in points," Hill said on the F1 Nation podcast.

"In fact, Max could come out of this one point in the lead if Lewis wins in the States, so how finely balanced is that?

Finely balanced

"It depends so much on whether Red Bull can find a little bit more. After Turkey, they [Mercedes] showed they had a bit in hand, a bit to help them along the way."

He added: "Everything is now on a very fine balancing tip, but one false move and you could lose the World Championship game."

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