Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Hamilton denied in thriller at United States Grand Prix

Hamilton denied in thriller at United States Grand Prix

He's set to win his fifth world title today at the US Grand Prix in Austin.

"I didn't really have any problems but collectively as a team we didn't perform that great which is not something we usually do". That was that. A recovering Vettel then fought his way past Valtteri Bottas, meaning only a win would have been enough for Hamilton to take the spoils in Austin.

"I had my time with Ferrari, I won the championship with them".

But Hamilton lost the lead to Raikkonen as soon as the race started, with the Ferrari taking the lead from the start, but seemed to be back on track for the title as Vettel spun whilst jousting with Ricciardo and dropped right down the pack.

But Ricciardo caused more drama when he lost power and was forced to retire, bringing out a virtual safety vehicle, and Hamilton opted to pit while Raikkonen stayed out - a decision that had a huge effect on the race. Wish there had been a few more laps in the end!

Vettel added: "I am getting exhausted of recovery drives".

Hulkenberg was the "best of the rest" with a solid drive, while team-mate Sainz was just behind him as the French team earned valuable constructor points.

"I'm happy we are here and that we win but I think the biggest difference is the way people look at you". I didn't know. If that was me and Seb, for example, I would have been a lot more tighter and more aggressive if we were fighting for the championship, but there was no need.

"Big congratulations to Kimi, he did an awesome job today and I'm really happy for him", he said, adding that such a strong performance from the oldest driver on the grid gave him some hopes of many years to come in F1 as well. "To me it looks like he's not only exhausted of the recovery drives, he's just not as happy within the team as he was at Red Bull".

"Once we had done the stop on [lap] 11, I knew we would be doing two".

Victory at the Circuit of the Americas would have made Hamilton a five-time champion after rival Sebastian Vettel could only finish fourth.

"I think it already started from Q2, that tyre was the wrong tyre to start on", explained Hamilton. That extended Hamilton's lead to 70 points with three races to go and means that he needs only five points to make mathematically certain of the drivers' championship.

Despite often promising much over the last couple of seasons, Ferrari have not been able to go the distance with Mercedes and yet again see their title aspirations in tatters.

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