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LEWIS TAKES 50TH WIN WITH STATESIDE STRIKE BACK

Oct 242016

Bright skies, the open road, pole position, and a race win. Not a bad way for Silver Arrows racer Lewis Hamilton to spend a weekend in the USA.

Claiming his 50th career victory at the incredible Circuit of the Americas, Lewis’ dominant performance in Austin has now closed the drivers’ championship title gap with teammate Nico Rosberg to 26 points.

Putting the start-troubles of the past races behind him, Lewis confidently rocketed into the lead, and simply didn’t look back. A tight two-stop strategy followed, switching between soft and medium compound tyres, cementing a rock-solid drive to the podium.

 

Talking about his first win since the German Grand Prix in July, Lewis told us: “This has always been a good hunting ground for me. I love being here in the States. It very much feels like home, and we have had some incredible support this weekend, which I’m so thankful for. So a big, big thank you to everyone and the team did a great job this weekend to put us both up there and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

 

“I had completely forgotten that it was going to be the fiftieth [win]. It’s been a long time coming. Once again, and I know I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve been here for ten years, I’ve had lots of ups and downs and lots of great opportunities to work with some incredibly gifted people who have helped me get here today. Then my family as well without whom I wouldn’t be here today. It’s kind of very surreal, for sure that there are only three of us but hopefully onto bigger and better things.

 

“All I can do is do my best and continue to drive as I have this weekend. Nico’s been driving fantastically well all year. So the battle will continue – but I know we’ll have all this support that will continue as well. So please keep your fingers crossed guys.”

“Second place is OK, it’s damage limitation here today of course,” explained Nico. “I wanted to win here in America, that would have been awesome, but it wasn’t to be.

 

“I mean I lost out a bit at the start unfortunately, and then gave it everything to come back. I got away really well. Not quite enough to give it a go down the inside so Lewis would just have closed so no point in trying that so just went round the outside. All was looking good, actually, I just struggled for a bit of grip then out of the corner and Daniel had that extra grip and that’s it. We knew that that was going to be a risk with the super-softs. Then I just went flat out after that, and it worked out of course with the Virtual Safety Car.”

 

Tune into the Mexican Grand Prix on the 30th October to find out how it all goes down. Full results from the 2016 US Grand Prix are available, here.

 


1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            56    1h38m12.618s
2    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes            56    4.520s

3    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        56    19.692s
4    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                56    43.134s
5    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda            56    1m33.953s
6    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        56    1m36.124s
7    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        55    1 Lap
8    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        55    1 Lap
9    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda            55    1 Lap
10    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            55    1 Lap
11    Kevin Magnussen    Renault                55    1 Lap
12    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        55    1 Lap
13    Jolyon Palmer        Renault                55    1 Lap
14    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            55    1 Lap
15    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari            55    1 Lap
16    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes        55    1 Lap
17    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes        55    1 Lap
18    Esteban Ocon        Manor/Mercedes        54    2 Laps
-    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari                    38    Retirement
-    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        28    Gearbox
-    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari            16    Retirement
-    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes        1    

 

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