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US GP AT AUSTIN: WHO WAS YOUR DRIVER OF THE DAY?

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US GP AT AUSTIN: WHO WAS YOUR DRIVER OF THE DAY?
Nov 3, 2014, 5:31 PM

The Circuit of the Americas in Austin one again lived up to its status as one of the best tracks on the F1 calendar with another thrilling race pe...

The Circuit of the Americas in Austin one again lived up to its status as one of the best tracks on the F1 calendar with another thrilling race peppered with stunning wheel-to-wheel action throughout the field.

Lewis Hamilton overturned his qualifying deficit to take a tenth victory of the season and there were many notable performances throughout the field.

So who was your driver of the day?

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Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg's qualifying performance might have encouraged many drivers to settle for a consolidating second place on race day but Hamilton is made of sterner stuff. A solid first stint was followed by an attacking middle period and an incisive overtaking move and he was untroubled thereafter.

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Nico Rosberg

Superb on Saturday, with an inch-perfect build-up and development of his car towards his final Q3 runs, Rosberg was then untroubled throughout the first stint of the race. However, he had no answer to his team-mate's pace on their second set of tyres. Nonetheless, a comfortable and calculating second place ensures a final race decider in Abu Dhabi regardless of the outcome of next week's Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Daniel Ricciardo

After slipping to seventh on lap one, Ricciardo was soon on a charge and his thrilling passes on Kevin Magnussen, Fernando  Alonso and Valtteri Bottas were paired with stunning consistency on the stopwatch to overhaul Felipe Massa for his eighth podium of the season.

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Felipe Massa

Snatched third from high flying team-mate Bottas at the start and then held sway in the Williams battle throughout. Kept in touch with the flying Mercedes in the first half of the race and only missed out on the final podium spot to the irrepressible Ricciardo.

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Sebastian Vettel

Starting from the pitlane meant some creative thinking on strategy and the world champion yo-yoed his way into and out of the points in between pit visits. It all added up to a fine seventh place finish but a sense of what might have been had he been able to take up a grid position.

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Pastor Maldonado

Two speeding penalties, one behind the safety car, the other in the pit lane, might have cost Maldonado dear but the Venezuelan showed terrific fight to put himself in the middle of, and survive, a hectic battle for the minor points positions. A first points finish of the season was his reward.

Who was your Driver of the Day in Austin?
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