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F1 United States Grand Prix 2021: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has supported Max Verstappen after the Red Bull driver announced he will not participate in the Netflix series Drive to Survive.

Verstappen revealed on Thursday he is no longer giving interviews for the series, which has been widely credited with bringing new viewers to Formula 1. He complained the programme makers had “faked a few rivalries which, they don’t really exist”.

Steiner has figured prominently in the series which has at times cast an uncomfortable light on his team’s struggles. Nonetheless he said Verstappen is within his right not to participate if he has concerns over the presentation in Drive to Survive.

If Max doesn’t want to take part [in] it, it is his decision and I would not critique that,” said Steiner. “It’s free to participate or not and he decided not to.

Verstappen’s decision means the series will not enjoy the co-operation of the driver who was recently named the most popular in the sport.

Obviously the fans are missing out of seeing Max because I think he’s a first of all a good driver and he’s a character, he’s a personality,” said Steiner. “But if he doesn’t want to take part, that’s part of his life.

Although Steiner has figured prominently in the series, he has consistently said he hasn’t watched the episodes he appears in. “I don’t know how I’m portrayed in it so I don’t have an opinion on that, he said.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown downplayed Verstappen’s concerns over misrepresentations in the programme, describing it as being “factual with a little bit of theatre added”, and praising its success in widening F1’s audience.

Netflix has been outstanding for Formula 1,” he said. “It’s driven a younger fan base, it’s driven a much larger fan base. It’s really had an impact in America.

From what I can see – I can only judge the sport from what I know, so I can’t really speak to what happens in other teams – I think it’s factual with a little bit of theatre added, and that’s what television is.

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US Grand Prix 2021: Evening start times: 8pm lights out for Sunday’s Grand Prix; live on Sky Sports F1 and Main Event F1 back in America for first time in two years with just six points in it between Verstappen and Hamilton.

F1 Circuit of the Americas GP 2021 – US Grand Prix LIVE – Latest updates
This is the start of our US Grand Prix live blog. Here, we’ll have all the latest updates ahead of the race and once the lights go out. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent.

20:35 CEST: Lap one chaos?
We’ve seen many incidents on lap one at COTA and we should expect the same again today. The first corner has a very wide entry, inviting someone to dive down the inside but you can also make the outside work if you brake late enough as the track tightens on the exit. The third sector hairpins could also see plenty of action as the late apex of the natural racing line draws a following car into making a dive to the inside. Survival may be the aim for some in the opening exchanges.

As if it wasn’t already clear, this race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin really, really matters. Just six points separate these two, with six races remaining, and a major swing one way or the other could prove decisive. The tension between the two has climbed steadily all season and appears to be reaching boiling point.

The form book was rather thrown on its head in qualifying. Austin is one of Hamilton’s favorite tracks, with the multiple world champion having won here five times in eight attempts. And in recent weeks Mercedes have also appeared to have the faster car.

But Verstappen pulled out a fast lap when it mattered, beating his rival by a couple of tenths. Sergio Perez was third fastest in the second Red Bull — and came very close to taking pole — but Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas has taken an engine penalty and will start ninth.

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United States Grand Prix Live: race Start time how to watch & more this race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin really F1 United States Grand Prix live stream should give us 2021 the 2021 F1 title nears its conclusion.

The Red Bull driver beat F1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to pole with his final lap in qualifying, taking top spot by 0.209s to secure his ninth pole of the season.

It marked a strong turnaround by Red Bull after Mercedes looked to have the stronger package after the opening practice session, while Verstappen also avoided a late rain shower from scuppering his pole charge at the Austin track.

With Hamilton having to settle for second place, he splits the Red Bull pair, with Sergio Perez in third, having been on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3.

Both Red Bull drivers had to have their rear wings beefed up before qualifying after Verstappen’s suffered a hairline fracture in FP3. The season increasingly appears to be scripted by Hollywood, with Verstappen and Hamilton once again locked together on the front row; it’s the sixth time this season that they’ve lined up alongside each other.

You’d currently get short odds on the pair coming together on the track, as they have a couple of times already this season. Indeed, it almost happened in second practice on Friday, with Verstappen calling Hamilton a “stupid idiot” and extending a middle finger towards his rival after they charged down the pit straight together with neither giving way.

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United States Grand Prix 2021: Max Verstappen went the fastest in qualifying Saturday and secured the pole position for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Valtterri Bottas qualified fourth but will drop to P9 for the race because of a grid penalty.

Verstappen looked quick in final practice his Red Bull team appearing to have made big gains overnight – and carried that through to qualifying, where he absorbed pressure from Hamilton to take pole with a 1m32.910s.

Mercedes came to Austin having taken every pole during the hybrid turbo era, which began in 2014, but they looked to have lost their edge early in qualifying, with Hamilton 0.399s off the pace in Q2.

Somehow, Hamilton found more pace in the final runs of Q3, and was a quarter of a second up after two sectors, but lost time in the third, and while he took provisional pole by a fraction, Verstappen was running quicker behind him.

Despite light rain starting to fall in the final few seconds, Verstappen kept his foot in and carried the momentum through the final sequence of corners to take pole, with his team mate Sergio Perez third.

The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was fourth, however he’ll drop to ninth courtesy of a five-place grid penalty for exceeding his engine allocation. That’ll promote Charles Leclerc one place to fourth, the Ferrari driver edging out team mate Carlos Sainz.

Daniel Ricciardo was the leading McLaren in eighth, ahead of team mate Lando Norris, with AlphaTauri duo Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda closing out the top 10.

Both Red Bulls did cool down laps before going again, with Verstappen pumping in the quickest time, 0.017s ahead of Perez, who has kept his team mate honest all weekend.

Mercedes sent Hamilton and Bottas out for a second run on used soft tyres and while they improved, they remained outside the top five. And with just a few moments to go, Leclerc gave Ferrari P1 by 0.19s as the track ramped up.

At the other end of the classification, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were in the drop zone. Alonso got himself out with his final lap, and that demoted Lance Stroll, who had a lap deleted earlier in the session and could not react.

He was joined in the drop zone by Nicholas Latifi, Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin – with Antonio Giovinazzi surviving a spin on his final lap to become the only Alfa Romeo to progress into the next segment of qualifying.

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