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F1: Hamilton wins US Grand Prix #4TheTeam

Nov 30-0001

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team have done it again! A fourth consecutive Formula One World Constructors' Championship title is in the bag thanks to Lewis Hamilton's victory, and Valtteri Bottas' fifth place, in the 2017 United States Grand Prix.

The points haul from Austin, Texas, means the Silver Arrows have secured the title with three races still to go. No wonder, then, that Lewis was over the moon with the achievement; especially given Ferrari's revival during the second half of the season.

Lewis said: "This is the best team in the world, clearly. And as we've shown in winning the constructors’ championship; with the greatest group of people working so diligently. This year they've taken another step in their drive; their passion; what they love doing, and found a new love. That spreads through the factory. The fact we're fighting another team has caused that change. A big congratulations to everyone.

"Years ago I said in a meeting with Toto, one day you're going to need me when it comes to fighting Ferrari, and I'm going to be the one fighting on the wire with Sebastian. And it's crazy today, I was like 'told you so'!"

Mercedes' Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff, added: "The first words today go to our team - in the factories in Brackley and Brixworth, as well as the fantastic support we receive from Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart. I am so proud of what has been achieved: winning across a rule change, something has never been done before in the sport, and doing it because every team member has dug deeper to find performance, been even more diligent on reliability and this has come together in the most special way.

"We had the quickest car out there in the race today. One title down and one more still to win. Our target must to be to keep our foot on the gas and win each of the next three races."

 

The whole weekend was a textbook performance from Lewis. Qualifying on pole position on Saturday - the 72nd of his F1 career - and then recovering from an early scare on Sunday - where he was jumped by Sebastian Vettel at the lights - to regain the lead on lap six with an excellent overtake into turn 12. After that, Lewis never looked back; crossing the line a full ten seconds ahead of Vettel for his fifth win at the Circuit of The Americas in six years.

 

Vettel’s second-place finish denied Lewis his own Drivers' Championship title, although he can win that next weekend in Mexico City, providing he finishes in the top five, irrespective of the Ferrari drivers result.

 

Lewis continued: "I plan on winning that one in Mexico! I think the Ferraris will be quite quick there. I'm not sure how we're going to do at that track; I think they might have the upper hand in Mexico City.

“I'm going to do my best to get the car in the best place with a lot of positivity, I love going to Mexico… There are still three races to go and in my mind there are still three races to win, so until it is sealed I am not thinking about it."

"Today was a tough day for me. In the first three quarters of the race, everything was going quite well and the pace was not bad. However, I couldn't make the one-stop strategy work with all the fighting with Sebastian and Kimi in the second stint. That was wearing the Soft tyres off quite a bit, they started to go and it simply was not possible to stick to just one stop.

 

"I tried everything I could to defend, but it was too late, so unfortunately we had to pit again. I'm still disappointed with my race, and I will need a few moments to get over it. However, I'm also happy for the Constructors' title. It is amazing to be part of this championship-winning team."

 

With the constructors’ title in the bag all eyes now focus on the final fight for the drivers’ championship. Next up is the Mexican Grand Prix on the 29th of October.

Race result – 56 laps:

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1h33m50.991s

2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 10.143s

3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 56 15.779s

4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 56 16.768s

5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 34.967s

6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 56 1m30.980s

7 Carlos Sainz Renault 56 1m32.944s

8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 55 1 Lap

9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 55 1 Lap

10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 55 1 Lap

11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 55 1 Lap

12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 55 1 Lap

13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 55 1 Lap

14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 55 1 Lap

15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 55 1 Lap

16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 55 1 Lap

- Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 24 Engine

- Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 14 Engine

- Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 5 Accident

- Nico Hulkenberg Renault 3 Oil pressure

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