Lewis Hamilton dominated the US Grand Prix over the weekend but will have to wait at least one more week for the title as his rival Sebastian Vettel took second place.
“We had a beautiful day today, I love this track – I think this track is now my favorite to be honest,” said Hamilton. “I just honestly loved the swing of the corners today. I think because the wind was going that way it gave us the best platform to work with.”
Hamilton heads to Mexico next week with a 66 point advantage. Even if Sebastian Vettel wins the race and Lewis Hamilton finishes fifth or better he wins big prize.
“It’s been an incredible year so far,” said Hamilton. “I really enjoy driving the car. I was not expecting us to have the pace we had over Sebastian today but the car felt fantastic. They go the right balance at the start but there’s still three to go and three to win.”
Vettel, drove the wheels off his Ferrari.“At the start it was looking good,” said Vettel. “Obviously we got past Lewis but then, fairly quickly, we had to realize that we couldn’t go at his pace today so well done to him. Then I think we were in no man’s land. It was close after the first stop again but then stuck again. Towards the end we decided to pit again – fit a fresh set of tires and which was a bit more exciting the last couple of laps especially, but overall not the result we wanted.”
While Max Verstappen initially crossed the line in third place, the race stewards wasted no time in handing the place back to Raikkonen after they judged that Verstappen’s pass had been made by leaving the racetrack to gain an unfair advantage. Valtteri Bottas completed the top five