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Hundreds of thousands are in Austin to watch the Verstappen vs. Hamilton rivalry at the U.S. Grand Prix. (Austonia)

In a win that brought on the passion from Formula 1's biggest rivals, 24-year-old Max Verstappen won his first U.S. Grand Prix as he bested seven-time champ Lewis Hamilton by less than a second at Austin's Circuit of the Americas on Sunday.

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Teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez took first and third at the U.S Grand Prix Qualifiers on Saturday. (Red Bull Racing Honda/Twitter)

In a one-hour sprint that may be nearly as dramatic as the big race itself, Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen won the top starting position for Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix in the race qualifiers on Saturday.

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F1 fans from around the world are traveling to Austin to watch the Hamilton vs. Verstappen rivalry. (F1/Facebook)

A new Netflix series, storied rivalries and nearly two years of no F1 have driven the sport to exponential success this year in the United States. That extra excitement will be on full display at this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas, an international spectacle that COTA chairman Bobby Epstein says will be the "biggest event on the planet this year."

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Formula 1 racers gave onlookers a show as they arrived in Austin on Saturday. (Red Bull Racing Honda/Twitter)

As the long-awaited United States Grand Prix nears at Austin's Circuit of the Americas, the track seems closer to securing a deal that could keep the race in the city for another decade.

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