Hamilton Beats Rosberg To Win United States Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg led from pole but it was Lewis Hamilton who took the victory in Austin. Leading from the race start, a Safety Car period for Adrian Sutil’s retired Sauber and after the first round of pitstops, Hamilton overtook Rosberg for the lead on lap 24 and stayed ahead of his championship rival and team-mate to win the United States Grand Prix. Behind the two Silver Arrows drivers on the final step of the podium was Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull.

The 1-2 finish in Austin is the tenth time this year that Mercedes have had both drivers finish in first and second, matching the record set by McLaren in their dominant 1988 campaign. With Lewis Hamilton’s fifth win in a row, it marks the first time in his career that the Briton has won five races consecutively in his F1 career. It is the 32nd victory of his career, passing Nigel Mansell in he F1 wins table to become the most successful British driver of all time in terms of race wins. The 2014 US GP is the first race since the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix that just 18 cars took part in the entire weekend, due to the absence of Marussia and Caterham.

Hamilton was ecstatic to clinch a win which had looked unlikely just a day before. Paying tribute to the 107,000 crowd that turned up on race day, he acknowledged his own feat of 10 victories in a single season.

“What an incredible place this is to go racing. We have such great support here and I have to say a massive thanks to the fans who have been awesome all weekend.

“Once I got past Nico, it was just about controlling the race. I’m very, very proud to now hold the record for the most Formula One wins for a British driver. I have to say, though, it’s all thanks to the team and the car we have this year that I’ve been able to reach that landmark so quickly. Ten wins in a season is just… well, wow!”

Rosberg is now 24 points behind Hamilton in the Driver's ChampiRosberg is now 24 points behind Hamilton in the Driver's Champi

Rosberg is now 24 points behind Hamilton in the Driver’s Championship with a possible 75 remaining

Nico Rosberg said that an issue with ERS prevented him from fighting effectively with his team-mate but conceded that he would have been passed even without any problem.

“I made a mistake because I used the wrong thing to get more KERS,” said Rosberg.

“When I saw him coming I decided to go for extra boost but I never got it.

“I thought I was using the right thing, but there was a delay in that one.

“If I did it with a button it would be immediate, but with a switch there is a delay, so I never got the extra KERS.

“I had a big drop off, which is why in the last metres he got a good jump on me.

“So, that was a mistake that I didn’t know about.”

“I am sure I could have done better, but it is a judgement thing,” he said.

“If I defended a lot he would brake late on the outside and get me on the next one.

“I thought indicating I am closing the door would have been enough to stop him from trying, but it wasn’t.

“Because I was part way over already, I thought that was enough for him to think he should not try, but it wasn’t.”

Ricciardo's number of podiums keeps rising

Ricciardo’s number of podiums keeps rising

Daniel Ricciardo put a slow start off the grid behind him to come back and beat the Williams cars to finish third. The Australian saluted his pitcrew for the quick stops that made the result possible.

“I’m happy with that. I could see the Mercedes for the first part of the race which was really cool, I don’t know if they were just chilling, but we seemed to have good pace. It was great to get ahead of the Williams and to get onto the podium. The start wasn’t very good, I have to put my hand up to that one, but the recovery was good so we didn’t really lose out. The pit stops were really good, Red Bull is known for being awesome in the pits and they showed it today.”

Vettel came from the pitlane to seventh

Vettel came from the pitlane to seventh

Sebestian Vettel’s pitlane start looked like it was costing him a worthwhile Sunday as he struggled to lap near the pace of his rivals in the early part of the race. His Red Bull began to pick up pace as the race was entering its second half and a pitstop towards the end enabled him to use new tyres to finish in seventh, narrowly behind Fernando Alonso.

“The first half of the race wasn’t so good. The second half it came more alive and we were able to make up some ground with a pit-stop near the end of the race. We decided to go for fresh tyres with only a few laps to go, so we were in a stronger position at that point compared to others who were struggling on older tyres and the pace was better. The low downforce set up was good for passing, but it made it difficult to stay close to people.”

Alonso finished less than a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel

Alonso finished less than a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso’s race went as he and Ferrari expected, and said he would give it his all in the remaining two races of the season.

“Today went more or less as expected, with the cars ahead of us being very quick, clearing off immediately after the start. After a good start, we tried to manage our sixth place, with a view to the Constructors’ Championship, in which it was important to finish ahead of the McLarens.

“The strategy was the best possible, coming in for the first pit stop at the right moment. For the second one, we tried to go long to fit the Softs and go quicker. I think this season has been very complicated and regardless of the car’s performance in these final races, I want to do my utmost to score points and help my team.”

United States Grand Prix Result

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h40m04.785s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 4.314s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 25.560s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 26.924s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 30.992s
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.231s
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m35.734s
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.682s
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.863s
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m47.870s
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1 Lap
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1 Lap
13 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes Power Unit
Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Collision
Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari Collision

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