Big state, big country and a suitably sized victory to match. Max Verstappen pulled off perhaps the most intense performance of his career so far to win the United States Grand Prix in Texas, on a Red Bull strategy that asked everything of him. He could have left Austin’s Circuit of the Americas with a one-point deficit to Lewis Hamilton. Instead, he has doubled his world championship lead to 12 points with what amounts to a crucial win in every respect. The result and the psychological blow it inflicted has swung him firmly back in control of this wonderful title battle with five races of the season left to run.