Five in a row for Hamilton

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 3, 2014

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

Position Driver Team Gap
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40:04.785
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +4.314
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +25.560
4. Felipe Massa Williams +26.924
5. Valterri Bottas Williams +30.992
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +59.965
7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +1:35.231
8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren +1:40.682
9. Pastor Maldonado Lotus +1:47.870
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

Position Driver Team Points
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 316
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 292
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 214
4. Valterri Bottas Williams 155
5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 149
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 149
7. Jenson Button McLaren 94
8. Felipe Massa Williams 83
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 76
10. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 53
11. Sergio Perez Force India 47
12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 47
13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus 8
15. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16. Jules Bianchi Marussia 2
17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 2
18. Adrian Sutil Sauber 0
19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 0
20. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 0
21.
Max Chilton Marussia 0
22. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 0