Write & Earn
Notifications

Hamilton wins USA GP, title race set for Brazil

AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) –

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix here on Sunday ahead of 2012 title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton upset Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of clinching the drivers world championship in his 100th race on Sunday when he produced a dazzling drive for McLaren to win a thrilling United States Grand Prix.

For Vettel, finishing second from pole was a personal disappointment, but not enough to prevent his Red Bull team from winning the constructors title for the third successive season.

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third after starting seventh on the grid — thanks to his team’s pragmatic decision to break the gearbox seal on teammate Felipe Massa’s car.

That podium finish ensured that the title battle will go down to the wire at next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

Vettel goes to Interlagos with a lead of 13 points. Vettel has 273 points and Alonso 260.

Sebastian Vettel (L) sprays champagne on Lewis Hamilton

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (L) of Team Red Bull Racing sprays champagne on Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (R) of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes after Hamilton won the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Vettel took second place.

Hamilton, who started second on the grid, made the most of his superior outright speed to pass Vettel on lap 42 of the 56-laps race and claim the 21st victory of his career.

The 27-year-old Briton, who leaves McLaren for Mercedes next year, was intent on delivering another win for the team before his departure and did so with elan as he seized his fourth win this year.

Massa, who was demoted five places to 11th on the grid because of Ferrari’s strategic move which elevated Alonso one place to the clean part of the grid, finished a superb fourth ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

Kimi Raikkonen, winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix two weeks ago, came home sixth ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Pastor Maldonado and his Williams team-mate Bruno Senna.

Fetching more content...