Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

140,000 fans, pictured here wrapped up in the Circuit of the Americas to watch the US Grand Prix.

140,000 fans packed into the Circuit of the Americas to watch the United States Grand Prix. Image: F1

Fans around the world were left shitty Sunday then 140,000 fans packed into the Circuit of the Americas to the United States Grand Prix.

Fans flocked to watch the Formula 1 race as the sport returned to America for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

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And in scenes that were almost unbelievable during the global outbreak, about 140,000 packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the stands with almost no one wearing masks.

While many expressed their joy that the world is finally returning to normal, others expressed concern about the number of deaths the United States continues to suffer because of the virus.

Hardly anyone in the vast crowd seemed to be wearing masks, while social distancing is certainly past.

Vaccination rates are also quite low in Texas given the number of cases and deaths in America.

Fans reportedly did not need to be vaccinated to participate.

Some social media users described the event as a potential “super-spreader”, while others described the scenes as “insane” and “incredible”.

Max Verstappen snatches pole from Lewis Hamilton

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen started from pole position after one last flying round in qualifying to get out of championship rival Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutchman Verstappen walked around the Americas Circuit in 1 minute and 32,910 seconds on Saturday, with Hamilton 0.209 seconds in operation.

Hamilton has won the US GP five times and Mercedes is expected to have the edge over Red Bull at this event.

Still, it was Red Bull one and three in qualifying with Sergio Perez, backed by many Mexican fans in Texas, pushing the top two all the way as he pushed for his first P1 of his career.

F1 fans, pictured here during the United States Grand Prix.

Fans are watching during the United States Grand Prix. (Photo by Peter Fox / Getty Images)

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest, but earned a five-place net penalty for changing engines and started ninth.

Perez was joined on the second row by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

The third row was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, followed by the Australian’s teammate Lando Norris and AlphaTauris’ Pierre Gasly.

The pole was the ninth of the season for Verstappen, leading seven-time world champion Hamilton by six points in the drivers’ position with six races left, and lined up for a potential match against wheels on Sunday.

“It was exciting out there,” Verstappen said after securing the 12th pole of his career.

“P1 and P3 for the team is a very strong performance.

“I hope to get off to a good start tomorrow for the best possible result.”

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