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Lewis Hamilton shares a joke with ab-flashing model Winnie Harlow and Ben Stiller

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Lewis Hamilton hung out with A-list friends Winnie Harlow and Ben Stiller at the US Grand Prix, held Saturday in Austin, Texas.

The F1 ace, 36, burst into a smile as he chatted with ANTM star Winnie, 27, and Hollywood actor Ben, 55, before the event started.

Lewis was all business in his team kit, while Winnie showed off her abs in a crop top with her name on it, paired with matching pants.

Fun: Lewis Hamilton hung out with A-list friends Winnie Harlow and Ben Stiller at the US Grand Prix, held Saturday in Austin, Texas

She wore her hair down and wore a radiant palette of makeup.

Ben cut a cool figure in all black as he hugged Winnie during the animated conversation.

However, Max Verstappen blew Lewis away to take pole position for the United States Grand Prix.

The championship leader set a blistering pace, finishing two tenths behind his rival.

Fun: The F1 ace, 36, laughed as he chatted with ANTM star Winnie, 27, and Hollywood actor Ben, 55, before the event started

Fun: The F1 ace, 36, laughed as he chatted with ANTM star Winnie, 27, and Hollywood actor Ben, 55, before the event started

Sergio Perez was third with Valtteri Bottas fourth. Bottas, however, starts in ninth place after an engine penalty.

The Circuit of the Americas has been a fortunately chock-full terrain for Hamilton and Mercedes in the past.

Hamilton took his third and sixth world championships here in 2015 and 2019 respectively, and triumphed at Austin in five of his eight outings. Since 2014, a Mercedes car has started from pole at every race.

But Hamilton, who is six points behind Verstappen in his quest for a record-breaking eighth title, had no answer as the Dutchman raced to his 12th pole.

“Sorry guys,” Hamilton said over the radio after he drove 0.209 sec on Verstappen.

“I gave everything today,” added Hamilton. “It was a bit of a battle and Red Bull was incredibly fast through qualifying.

Fun: Lewis was all business in his team kit, while Winnie showed off her abs in a crop top with her name on it, paired with matching pants

Fun: Lewis was all business in his team kit, while Winnie showed off her abs in a crop top with her name on it, paired with matching pants

“I was happy with my last lap. Sure there are areas we can improve on, but that was about all we had.

“We will work as hard as we can, but it is a good starting position for tomorrow. My mentality is to win the race.’

However, the Briton, who finished fourth on the opening runs in Q3, will take some comfort in splitting the two Red Bulls and join his rival on the front row for what will be an explosive start to Sunday’s race.

Chat: Ben cut a cool figure in all black as he joined the animated conversation.

Chat: Ben cut a cool figure in all black as he joined the animated conversation.

Verstappen celebrated his triumph and shouted ‘yes, yes’ over the Red Bull radio.

“It was quite exciting out there,” said Verstappen. “In Q3 my first lap wasn’t great and then it started spitting up.

“I wasn’t sure if I would hold my lap time, but it was a very strong performance.”

Asked about starting on the front row with Hamilton, he added: “I think that’s what people like and from now on we will try to get a good start and the best possible result.

Charles Leclerc will start fourth ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, while Lando Norris will be promoted to seventh after Bottas’ penalty.

George Russell has made it to Q2 but will start at the back of the grid after an engine penalty. Sebastian Vettel, who qualified 12th, and Fernando Alonso, who finished 15th, are being relegated to 18th and 19th place for exceeding their engine allocation for the year.

F1’s return to the United States – after last year’s race was canceled due to the pandemic – has been greeted with spectacular enthusiasm.

A record 120,000 people watched qualifying, while 140,000 are expected for Sunday’s race.

Miami will be added to the calendar next season with a third race on American soil – expected in Las Vegas – expected in 2023.

A plethora of big names, including Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy will provide the race with a pull.

Delight: The star looked cheerful as she looked around with Lewis

Delight: The star looked cheerful as she looked around with Lewis

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