By Daniel Wilson.
Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg to take an emphatic victory at the United States Grand Prix and extend his lead in World Championship.
Rosberg started on pole and lead the opening stint, but Lewis caught back up to his rival in the second stint after struggling with under-steer before the first stop.
Hamilton used the DRS down the back straight and dived down the inside of turn 12 to snatch the lead from his rival.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo put another impressive performance in to beat the Williams’ of Massa and Bottas to the final podium position.
Fernando Alonso fended off Sebastian Vettel for sixth, while Magnussen finished eighth ahead of Vergne and Maldonado, with his teammate Button coming home in a disappointing 12th after struggling with the rear of the car throughout the race.
The 56-lap race at Austin was full of wheel-to-wheel action with tight battles between the McLaren’s, Toro Rosso’s and Lotus’ for the last points.
However, it was a terrible day for Force India. Sergio Perez tangled with Adrian Sutil on the opening lap to end Sauber’s chance of scoring their first world championship point of the season – a collision which brought out the safety car.
A few laps later, Nico Hulkenburg came to a stop on the back straight to round off a DNF for both drivers – and ultimately lose ground to McLaren in the battle for 5th in the constructors.
The win for Hamilton means he is now officially the most successful British driver in F1 history with 32 wins – a victory which puts him equal with Fernando Alonso as the 5th most successful driver in F1 as a whole.
The Briton now has a 24 point lead over Rosberg in the title race with two races to go.
So, as we head to Interlagos next weekend, the question is what can Rosberg do to halt Hamilton’s charge?
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