Lewis Hamilton is now a world champion again. With two races in advance, the Mercedes rider has reached his third consecutive crown, the sixth since he made his debut in Formula One. In Austin, there was no conservatism on Hamilton’s part. He went on the attack, ready to go back, and was about to win the race.
He lost it because Valtteri Bottas has been inspired this weekend, and his strategy was victorious at the last minute. The second Mercedes driver, coming off the pole, opted for a two-stop tactic that kept him behind Hamilton until he surpassed him five laps of the checkered flag.
Ferrari had no rhythm and Vettel broke his suspension
In fact, Hamilton nearly lost his position with Max Verstappen, but a yellow flag opportunity on the straight line during the last few turns prevented the Red Bull driver from opening the DRS. Still, Verstappen returns to the podium, where he was not from Singapore. And by the way, he is still in the fight for being third in the world.
Verstappen has benefited from the unfortunate day of Ferrari. Maranello’s cars have returned to a path that had not been on the road since before the winter stop. Ferrari’s pace has been lousy, with Charles Leclerc finishing fourth to almost a minute from the race winner. At least the Monegasque has made the quick lap at the end.
Worse still has gone to Sebastian Vettel, who has had some strange problems in the first few laps and ended up with the broken suspension. The Ferrari driver made a lousy start, dropping to five points in the first turn. Vettel could be noticed without any stability in front of the car.
Then it was the circuit itself that ended his career. Vettel has caught one of the bumps of the circuit and has broken the right rear suspension of his car, going out of the race. He remains the four-time champion of the world in the fifth position of the World Cup general, so it seems that he will lose his duel with Leclerc, who is already separated 19 points.
The sauce of the race has put Alexander Albon, recovering many positions by the mess in which he got into the exit. The second Red Bull driver touched Carlos Sainz and had to go through the pits to repair his damages. But then he had a lot of speed and was able to recover all the positions until finishing fifth.
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Worst stopped Sainz came out of the incident, as he lost several positions that already compromised his career. The Madrid player was able to get rid of the Toro Rosso, but he still finished at eighth, even behind his teammate, Lando Norris whom McLaren asked him to miss in the final laps.
In this way, Sainz is already in the place where he should end up in general. Albon has advanced and is already sixth, with four points ahead, but at least Sainz has in turn passed to Pierre Gasly, who takes three points. We will see if the Spanish ensures the seventh position in the two remaining races and even if he is lucky, he can aspire to the sixth.
Great career of Daniel Ricciardo, who at the start already became the first in the rest of the world and did not give it up. The Renault has had to battle at times with Norris but finally has achieved an important sixth position that almost ensures that Renault is going to be fifth for builders, against the Toro Rosso’s double zero.
Formula 1 Race Results US GP 2019
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||MERCEDES||+ 4,148s|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+ 5,002s|
|4||16||Charles Leclerc||FERRARI||+ 52,239s|
|5||2. 3||Alexander Albon||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+ 78,038s|
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||RENAULT||+ 90,366s|
|7||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN RENAULT||+ 90,764s|
|8||55||Carlos Sainz||MCLAREN RENAULT||+1 lap|
|9||27||Nico Hulkenberg||RENAULT||+1 lap|
|10||26||Daniil Kvyat||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||+1 lap|
General classification Formula 1
- Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes-GBR), 381 points
- Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes-FIN), 314 points
- Charles LECLERC (Ferrari-MON), 249 points
- Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull-HOL), 235 points
- Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari-ALE), 230 points