United States Grand Prix: Bottas wins as Hamilton seals sixth world title

Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth world title in an eventful race that saw differing strategies Valtteri Bottas taking the victory at the Circuit of the Americas.

Lewis was certainly a man on a mission at the start, passing Charles Leclerc then making a move round the outside of the slow starting Sebastian Vettel on Lap 1. Vettel had lost out to Max Verstappen before losing out to Lewis. he subsequently lost out to his team-mate Leclerc, and then even Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, seemingly nursing a mechanical issue, before his suspension broke and forced him to retire.

Like Mexico, the story of the race was differing strategies. Valtteri and Max stopped early, committing themselves to a two stop, whilst Lewis and Charles intended to do a 1 stop and stopped late on in the race. The strategy initially looked like it may work for Lewis with Valtteri chipping away at the gap slowly.

But then Valtteri began to rapidly close. His first attempt at passing was not successful, but in his second attempt, Lewis was defenceless and he lost the lead. He was caught by Max who also looked like he would take the position, but a yellow flag in the main overtaking spot for Kevin Magnussen’s stranded Haas took away the majority of his passing opportunities.

In the end Valtteri Bottas won the race, but second place for Lewis Hamilton was enough to secure him a sixth world title. Max Verstappen finished in third ahead of Charles Leclerc, who gave up on the one stop as the Ferrari lacked pace and had no chance of challenging the top 3, so he pitted and set fastest lap.

Alexander Albon finished in fifth after another fight back through the field after pitting at the end of lap 1 after contact with Carlos Sainz, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, who had a race long battle where Lando attempted to get ahead by making an extra stop and passing the cars in between. Carlos Sainz finished in eighth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, with Sergio Perez promoted to the final point after a penalty for Daniil Kvyat for barging his way past the Racing Point on the final lap dropped him down to twelfth.

Here is the result of the United States Grand Prix.

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
7. Lando Norris (McLaren)
8. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
10. Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
11. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
12. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
13. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
15. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
16. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
17. George Russell (Williams)
18. Kevin Magnusson (Haas) Brakes
R. Robert Kubica (Williams) Retired
R. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) Suspension

In the drivers standings, Lewis Hamilton has secured the title, whilst Valtteri Bottas has also secured second. The battle for third is really hotting up, Max Verstappen has now moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel for fourth and has his sights set on third placed Charles Leclerc. In the constructors, the top 3 are now secure, with Ferrari securing second and Red Bull securing third, whilst Racing Point are now ahead of Toro Rosso.

But the big story of the day is Lewis Hamilton has secured his sixth world title, making him the second most successful driver in Formula One history and putting him one behind Michael Schumacher’s 7 world titles. The big question is, can he now make it 7 in 2020 or the near future?

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