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F1 US Grand Prix: 4 things we learnt 

F1 Grand Prix of USA
F1 Grand Prix of USA

Sunday was a magnificent day for Kimi Raikkonen who won his first F1 race in 5 years at the US Grand Prix.

It was one of the races of the season and arguably the best race at Circuit of the Americas since it was introduced on the calendar in 2012.

The build-up to the Grand Prix weekend was all about Lewis Hamilton potentially picking up his 5th world championship in the United States, but instead he will have to wait another week.

Hamilton just needs five more points to finally seal this year's championship. The next opportunity for him to do that is this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City.

The 33-year-old won his fourth drivers' title this time last year in Mexico.

But just like the end of every race, there are plenty of talking points to take from the US Grand Prix.

So here are 5 talking points from last weekend's US Grand Prix...

#4 Ocon to Williams already a done deal?

Ocon could be on his way to Williams
Ocon could be on his way to Williams

Last week, there were rumours of Racing Point Force India's Esteban Ocon joining Williams for the 2019 championship.

The Frenchman has been struggling to find a seat for next season after strong links of Lance Stroll being employed by his father, Lawrence Stroll, at Force India.

Sergio Perez announced signing an extension to his contract at Force India last week. Williams meanwhile recently recruited Mercedes' reserve driver George Russell to join the team for next year.

Williams' Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams, was interviewed on UK TV station Channel 4 during their coverage of the US Grand Prix.

Claire was interviewed by Eddie Jordan and was asked about the latest situation of Ocon possibly signing for Williams.

Jordan didn't get a straight answer but Williams never denied it and did hint that they have had talks with the Force India man.

#3 Is Vettel unhappy at Ferrari?

F1 Grand Prix of USA - Practice
F1 Grand Prix of USA - Practice

Sebastian Vettel is just days away from missing out on another drivers' championship.

It will be the second season in a row that the German will finish second to Lewis Hamilton and it will soon be five years since his last world championship success.

Vettel joined Scuderia Ferrari in 2015 in a bid to win another world championship but at a different team.

But four seasons down the line and Vettel's dream to succeed at the Italian giants look very slim.

Is the four-time champion unhappy at Ferrari?

Former Red Bull driver and F1 pundit, David Coulthard, mentioned on Channel 4 last weekend that he has seen Vettel spend a lot of time hanging about in the Red Bull garage.

Not just at the US Grand Prix but in previous races as well.

Could Vettel be looking for a ticket back to Red Bull where all his success happened?

#2 Verstappen is on fire (Not literally!)

F1 Grand Prix of USA
F1 Grand Prix of USA

Red Bull's Max Verstappen really is on fire when it comes to form.

Verstappen impressed the fans once again at Sunday's race in Austin from starting in 18th position to finishing in 2nd place.

His performance included a one on one battle against a determined Lewis Hamilton and never allowed the Mercedes man to pass.

Not many drivers in the current line-up can perform against a very fast Hamilton but Verstappen showed no fear on Sunday.

The Japanese Grand Prix saw Verstappen's teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, finish the race in 4th place after qualifying in 15th.

The Red Bull team have shown some comebacks over the last few weeks and could possibly be in contention for next year's championships - both the drivers' and the constructors' championships.

The Dutchman has a promising future in the sport and drives like last Sunday just show that he can perform when it really matters.

#1 Have Ferrari made the right choice on Raikkonen?

F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain
F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain

So Scuderia Ferrari decide to replace their veteran Kimi Raikkonen in order to bring in a young Charles Leclerc.

But then what happens, the man you are about to axe is performing consistently well and even goes on to win a race.

Raikkonen has had a solid season so far with just 3 races left on the calendar but the rise of Leclerc in his rookie year in F1 cannot be overlooked by the bosses at Ferrari.

Sauber will certainly welcome Raikkonen on his return with open arms but will his racing talent and years of experience be wasted at a team that only competes for points zone finishes?

We will find out more next season but let's not forget the contribution of the Finn to the Lotus team.

Those two race wins were not a fluke.

Was it the right decision from Ferrari to let go of Raikkonen? Comment below...


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Edited by Arvind Sriram
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