Lewis Hamilton has taken an sixth victory in the United States Grand Prix extending his championship lead to sixty six points over Sebastian Vettel. It was a brilliant drive by the Mercedes driver who lost out to Vettel early on but soon caught him and past him into turn twelve.
Hamilton’s win allowed his Mercedes team to wrap up their fourth constructors championship and put the Englishman on the brink of his fourth world title. Hamilton through-out the race looked in strong form, that was despite the tactical battle which unfolded between the two title consenters.
It means Hamilton only requires fifth place next weekend in Mexico, to become only the fifth driver in the history of the sport and equal Vettel on four world titles. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen snatched third away from Kimi Raikkonen in a brilliant last lap move.
Ferrari tried to force Hamilton into a late stop, but Vettel had been under pressure from Verstappen.
Hamilton said “I feel amazing. Look at this crowd. These guys have been amazing. Since 2012 the crowd has been growing year on year. I think this track is now my favourite track. A big congratulations to the team. They work so hard back at the factory and here.”
“I feel great. I am honoured you’re here (he tells Usain Bolt). It has been a humbling experience. It is a dream job. Many people would love to drive an F1 car and I can tell you it is the best experience in the world.”
Vettel added “At the start it was looking good, we got past Lewis, but we had to realise we couldn’t go at his pace. We were then in no-man’s land and were not quite sure (what to do).”
However the Dutchman made the move and went too wide earning himself a five second penalty, as he gained an unfair advantage when he made the move. That means Raikkonen was prompted to third with Verstappen finishing fourth.
It was a good race for Verstappen unit he made that move on Raikkonen, he had worked his way through the field after starting sixteenth. The Red Bull driver did a long first stint, before switching to the soft tyres after the top runners made their first stops, followed by a short second stint.
The penalty for Verstappen added to the difficult afternoon for Red Bull, after his teammate Daniel Ricciardo was forced to retire from the race when he was fighting with Bottas, thanks to an engine failure
Valtteri Bottas was fifth that allows Mercedes to clinch their fourth successive constructors’ championship with three grands prix still remaining. Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished fifth ahead of Carlos Sainz’s Renault and Sergio Perez seventh.
It has been a strong weekend for Sainz on his debut for Renault, and made a brilliant move on Perez out of Turn Nineteen. However, the lingering tensions between the Force India’s returned, Perez felt that Ocon was holding him up in the middle part of the race.
Felipe Massa scored two points for Williams in eighth ahead of Daniil Kvyat, who snatched the final point on offer on his return to the grid with Toro Rosso. The second Williams of Lance Stroll was eleventh.
Stoffel Vandoorne was twelfth for McLaren, but it was another tough race for his teammate Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard was in the points when what has been a too familiar problem, the Honda power unit failed just before the half waypoint. Daniel Ricciardo was also onto a points finish when his engine failed.
Things weren’t going well for the works Renault team, as Nico Hulkenberg also retired thanks to a loss of oil pressure. Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein also retired thanks to contact with Haas’s Kevin Magnussen, earning himself a five-second penalty for causing a separate collision with Magnussen.
- United States Grand Prix – Qualifying Result
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- UNITED STATES GP – Hamilton tops second practice by four tenths, as Vettel struggles
- UNITED STATES GP – Hamilton fastest by over half a second faster than title rival Vettel in first practice
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