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Hamilton wins US F1 GP over Vettel - Verstappen recovery dashed by penalty

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Hamilton wins US F1 GP over Vettel - Verstappen recovery dashed by penalty
Oct 22, 2017, 10:06 PM

Lewis Hamilton took victory at the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix over Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton took victory at the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix over Sebastian Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen took the final podium spot as Max Verstappen, who had seemingly pulled off a trademark recovery from 16th, was given a five-second penalty post-race for leaving the track and gaining an advantage over the Finn.

With Hamilton's victory, Mercedes has now secured the constructors' championship for the fourth year in a row.

Vettel snatched the lead from the inside of Hamilton at the start, resisting Hamilton's efforts to squeeze him to the edge of the tarmac and fight back through the outside of Turn 2.

Hamilton retook the lead down the back straight on lap six with the help of DRS and built up a two second lead within two laps.

Vettel pitted from second place on lap 17 for soft tyres, while Hamilton pitted on lap 20, only to emerge a car's length ahead of Vettel.

Though he was frustrated by the seemingly narrow gap, Hamilton once again built up a two-second lead within two laps over his championship rival.

Vettel pitted again for super-softs on lap 39 of 56, momentarily losing second place as he left the pits on new tyres in fourth place. With Bottas and Raikkonen in front, and both Finns slowing on worn soft tyres, Vettel swept past them with five laps remaining to take back the runner-up spot on the rostrum.

"At the start, it was looking good, but we had to realise we couldn't go at his pace. We were in no man's land," said Vettel.

"It was no secret. It's not down to strategy. They were just quicker than us."

From 16th, super-soft shod Max Verstappen had completed his foray into the top 10 within five laps and was in the top six by lap 10.

As those in front of him pitted, Verstappen was thrust into the lead on lap 21 though Hamilton was bearing down on him by a second per lap. On new tyres, Hamilton had retaken the lead on lap 23 in sector three, though Verstappen remained stoic in defence.

From second, Verstappen pitted for softs on lap 25 to exit in fifth. He completed a two-stop strategy by returning to super-softs on lap 38 and then bore down on the final podium spot, overtaking Raikkonen for third place through the long sector three right-handers on the final lap.

However, Verstappen was deemed to have left the track in sector three in his efforts to overtake Raikkonen, and the stewards handed him a five-second penalty, stripping his podium finish away to Raikkonen's benefit.

At the finish, Raikkonen slowed to a crawl, unaware of the penalty; he was given third place by just a second over Verstappen.

Bottas' pace on soft tyres was sluggish, and he was forced to pit late on for ultra-softs to settle for fifth place, though he ran as high as second.

Esteban Ocon made a cameo in the top five but was duly dropped to seventh. He benefited from Daniel Ricciardo's lap 16 engine failure and retirement to take sixth.

Renault's Carloz Sainz Jr threatened Ocon through the closing stages of the race, having tailed the Force Indias for a lengthy period.

Sainz took seventh off Sergio Perez, the two side-by-side through sector three on lap 34 before Sainz made the move on the inside of the penultimate corner to cap off a successful debut for his new team.

Felipe Massa spent 30 laps on super-softs and pitted from sixth for ultra-softs to rejoin in 12th. On the fastest tyre compound, he gained three positions over 26 laps to finish ninth, ahead of Daniil Kvyat.

Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley finished 13th on his debut, ahead of Haas' Romain Grosjean.

Nico Hulkenberg recorded a non-finish for the fourth year in a row at Austin as he brought his Renault to the pits on lap four. Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein retired two laps later.

On course for a points finish, Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda stopped with an engine failure - his ninth of the season – midway through the race.

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Results:

POSITION

DRIVER

CAR

LAPS

GAP

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

56

1h33m50.993s

2

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

56

10.143s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

56

15.779s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

56

16.768s

5

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

56

34.967s

6

Esteban Ocon

Force India

56

1m30.980s

7

Carlos Sainz Jr

Renault

56

1m32.944s

8

Sergio Perez

Force India

55

1 Lap

9

Felipe Massa

Williams

55

1 Lap

10

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

55

1 Lap

11

Lance Stroll

Williams

55

1 Lap

12

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren

55

1 Lap

13

Brendon Hartley

Toro Rosso

55

1 Lap

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas

55

1 Lap

15

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

55

1 Lap

16

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

55

1 Lap

-

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

24

Retirement

-

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

14

Retirement

-

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber

5

Retirement

-

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

3

Retirement

 
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