Venue: Circuit of the Americas
Lewis Hamilton could be in the last-chance saloon with regards winning a race this year and is rated a value bet in the United States Grand Prix odds.
Mercedes have been targeting the Circuit of the Americas in Austin as their best hope of success for some time and will have a new upgrade available.
Hamilton claimed four straight victories here from 2014 to 2017 and has been on the podium in three subsequent visits.
At 12/1 to prevail this time, the seven-time world champion will feature as a speculative pick in many United States Grand Prix predictions.
The 37-year-old had to settle for fifth at a rain-soaked Suzuka, with teammate George Russell back in eighth after a pit-stop tactical error by Mercedes.
Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin is eyeing an improved performance in Texas, though.
“It’s our final step of aero development and that will hopefully give us a bit more performance,” he said.
“There are a few bits where we have taken some weight out of components that will hopefully get the car closer to the limit.”
Shovlin admitted the main focus is now on getting ready for next season and the learning curve will continue in America.
However, having registered at least one success every year since 2011, the Brackley camp will be keen to break their duck for 2022.
Hamilton has been second twice, while Russell, who is 25/1 to prevail, was runner-up in Holland among seven podium placings.
Verstappen took the chequered flag following a fine display and was crowned champion as Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez was promoted to second after Charles Leclerc was penalised.
There were only 28 laps completed at Suzuka but full points were awarded as the race was resumed after a red flag had caused a delay of over two hours.
“When I crossed the line, I didn’t believe that we would have won the title right there because I also didn’t know if we’re going to get full points or not,” said the Dutchman.
“Then I was doing my interview after the race and suddenly my mechanics started to cheer and I was like, ‘what is going on?’
“So it was a bit weird but eventually we had enough points and then we were world champions again.”
Verstappen’s win in Suzuka was his 12th of the year, leaving him just one shy of equalling the most victories set in a season by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel in 2004 and 2013 respectively.
The 25-year-old could also match the most number of podiums in a campaign with 18 – a tally he reached last year – and eclipse the biggest points gap to second place.
Vettel finished the 2013 campaign 155 points clear of Fernando Alonso, while Verstappen is currently 113 ahead of Perez.
Red Bull second string Perez is 8/1 to add to his wins in Monaco and Singapore, as he seeks to edge out Leclerc for second place in the table.
The Ferrari ace is one point behind with four races to go and quoted at 7/2 for success in Austin.
It is 14/1 for Carlos Sainz to double his tally for 2022, having won the British Grand Prix back in July.
Past USA Grand Prix winners
2021: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2019: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2018: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2017: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
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