Verstappen provides late-lap thrills at US Grand Prix

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Leave it to Red Bull's Max Verstappen to provide some late-race thrills at the U.S. Grand Prix.

Verstappen's key block on Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton late in Sunday's race denied Hamilton a chance to maybe chase down Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to win. And it helped deny Hamilton's bid for the season championship.

Verstappen's defensive skills allowed the Red Bull driver to finish second, his best result yet at the U.S Grand Prix, his fourth podium in six races. By keeping Hamilton third, it kept the season championship alive, even if just another week to the Mexican Grand Prix

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 L.Hamilton 346 9
2 S.Vettel 276 5
3 K.Raikkonen 221 1
4 V.Bottas 217 0
5 M.Verstappen 191 1
6 D.Ricciardo 146 2
7 N.Hulkenberg 61 0
8 S.Perez 57 0
9 K.Magnussen 53 0
10 F.Alonso 50 0
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