Five in a row for Hamilton
Former Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, inched closer to clinching his second title after winning yesterday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas with Mercedes teammate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg, finishing second and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo third.
With his fifth consecutive victory of season, and 32nd of his career tying former teammate and double champion Fernando Alonso, Hamilton has extending his championship lead over Rosberg to 24 points with only this coming weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on October 22nd remaining, with double points up for grabs in the latter race.
In a weekend dogged by controversy following the withdrawal of the Caterham and Marussia teams due to a lack of finance, the latter still struggling to come to terms with the life threatening injuries sustained by lead driver Jules Bianchi during last month’s Japanese Grand Prix, and with some teams threatening to boycott the event again due to escalating costs, Hamilton bounced back from his second place grid slot to overtake Rosberg, who started first, on lap 24 having rejoined some three seconds behind after his first scheduled pit stop nine laps before.
Using the benefits of the Drag Reduction System (DRS), Hamilton slipstreamed the German at the end of the turn 12 back straight, diving down the inside in a bold move which saw the two Silver Arrows nearly coming blows. Having build-up a 1.3 second lead at the end of the following lap, the Brit eventually finished 4.3 seconds ahead after the 56 laps.
“I have an incredible team and an incredible car and I had a great opponent today,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 after the race.
“I just stayed as close as possible to Nico and waited for the moment to be just close enough to throw it up the inside. You have to judge the risk in these situations but I felt confident I could pull it off. Once I got past Nico, it was just about controlling the race.”
Rosberg was less than impressed with his performance stating that despite out qualifying Hamilton by four tenths of a second, he struggled to find a competitive rhythm.
“It was a tough day for me and it feels horrible to finish second after starting from pole. The conditions were very different compared to yesterday and it took me too long to find my rhythm at the beginning,” he told Sky.
“Only 10 laps after Lewis passed me, I got it right and was able to push much more. Lewis just did a better job today, so congratulations to him. It's getting tougher but there is still a chance for the title and everything can happen. I'm still going to be pushing flat out just as I always have”.
Behind the top three, Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and fifth while Alonso lead home current champion Sebastian Vettel, who started from the pit lane due an engine penalty for using his sixth new power unit of the season – only five are permitted throughout the year.
McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen ended eighth with Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado scoring his first points of the season at the expense of Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne, who was given a five second penalty for colliding with Maldonado’s teammate, Romain Grosjean, dropping the Frenchman from ninth to tenth and leaving Grosjean outside of the points in 11th.
CAPTION: Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton accpets the cheers of the crowed after winning yesterday's United States Grand Prix as the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. He now leads Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished second, by 24 points with two rounds still to go. IMGAE sourced from www.businessinsider.com
United States Grand Prix Results
|3.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||+25.560|
|7.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+1:35.231|
|10.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||+1:48.863|
|11.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus||+ 1 Lap|
|12.||Jenson Button||McLaren||+ 1 Lap|
|13.||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||+ 1 Lap|
|14.||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber||+ 1 Lap|
|15.||Danill Kvyat||Toro Rosso||+ 1 Lap|
|DNF||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||16 laps, engine|
|DNF||Sergio Perez||Force India||1 lap, collision|
|DNF||Adrian Sutil||Sauber||0 laps, collision|
Championship Points after United States Grand Prix
|3.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||214|
|5.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||149|
|9.||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||76|
|11.||Sergio Perez||Force India||47|
|13.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||22|
|15.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||8|
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