Austin, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes won his fifth
consecutive grand prix and widened his points lead over teammate Nico Rosberg
in the Formula One world championship standings by winning Sunday’s United
States Grand Prix.
Starting second, Hamilton passed Rosberg, the pole sitter, for the lead on lap
24 of this 56-lap race at Circuit of the Americas. He took command from there,
beating Rosberg at the finish by 4.3 seconds. Hamilton, the 2008 world
champion, scored his 10th victory this season and the 32nd of his career,
which placed him in a tie with Fernando Alonso for fifth on F1’s all-time race
Prior to the U.S. GP, Hamilton won at Italy, Singapore, Japan and Russia. He
now holds a 24-point advantage over Rosberg (316-292). Just two races remain
with 75 points available. The race winner in next weekend’s Brazilian Grand
Prix will receive 25 points, while the winner of the Nov. 23 season-ending Abu
Dhabi Grand Prix will collect 50.
It’s the third time Hamilton has won the U.S. GP. His first victory in this
event occurred in 2007 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. He also
won the inaugural race at COTA two years ago when he drove for McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull finished third, while the Williams duo of
Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Alonso
from Ferrari was sixth.
Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion and winner of last year’s U.S.
GP here, finished seventh after he had to start this race from pit lane due to
a penalty he received for using his sixth power unit (engine) this season.
This event featured just an 18-car field since Caterham and Marussia both
missed it due to their current financial issues.