Lewis Hamilton secures sixth F1 title as Valtteri Bottas wins in Texas

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November 03, 2019 05:26 PM

Lewis Hamilton secures sixth F1 title as Valtteri Bottas wins in Texas

Hamilton starts fifth, leads laps and finishes second to clinch title

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Valtteri Bottas was able to retake the lead from Hamilton with four laps to go.

Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his sixth Formula 1 World Championship in Austin, Texas, Sunday with a storming drive from fifth on the grid to finish second, after being chased down and overtaken with four laps to go by his teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The two Mercedes chose different strategies, with Bottas switching to a two-stop early on, while Hamilton went for a single stop. This put him back in the lead when Bottas pitted for a second time on lap 35. The Finn had to make up nine seconds to catch Lewis and caught him on lap 50 of 56. His first attempt to pass saw him go wide but he tried again and was able to complete the move two laps later. All Hamilton could do was to try to make sure that he held off Max Verstappen who was close behind in the closing laps. He succeeded and made it a Mercedes 1-2.
Extraordinarily, there was a 45 second gap behind Verstappen to Charles Leclerc in an off-the-pace lone Ferrari, after Sebastian Vettel disappeared early in the race with a suspension failure. This meant that fifth place went to Alexander Albon, who had a first-lap incident with Carlos Sainz and had to pit but then drove a raging race through the field with two further pit stops. He overtook Sainz with nine laps to go but was too far behind Leclerc to make any further progress.
Bottas was happy to beat his teammate but could do nothing more to stop Lewis winning the title.
“I’m very happy with the win,” he said. “It was the only thing I could do.  I personally failed with my target for this year, but I will come back strong next year. Lewis deserved the title because he has had such a strong season.”
Hamilton said that after a very difficult day on Saturday, he wanted to try to get a 1-2 for Mercedes.

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 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, and Alexander Albon, Red Bull RB15, lead the field away at the start  the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Fans watch the early laps of the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-19 battles Alexander Albon, Red Bull RB15 during the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, leads Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari duringthe F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, and Alexander Albon, Red Bull RB15, lead the field through the first corner at the start of the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-19, leads Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C38, Nico Hulkenberg, Renault R.S. 19, and Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso STR14  at the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL34, makes a pit stop during the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Robert Kubica, Williams FW42, makes a pit stop during the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15 during the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, take the checkered flag at the finish of the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, 2nd position, celebrates after securing his sixth world championship at the F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

“I didn’t think that a one-stop race was possible,” he said. “It was such a tough race, but when I was about 6 or 7 my dad told me to never give up, so I was pushing as hard as I could, hoping to win, but I didn’t have it in the tires.”
Hamilton said that he is far from finished with his career as he chases after Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven World Championships.
“As an athlete I feel as fresh as can be,” he said. “I won’t let up in the next races. I’m going keep pushing.”
Verstappen admitted that there was not much that he could do against the Mercedes.
“We did the best we could,” he said. “I stayed close and it was a very good race. It was fun to be able to see the cars ahead of me.”
The minor positions went to the Renault-powered cars, with Daniel Ricciardo sixth, Lando Norris seventh, Sainz eighth and Nico Hulkenberg ninth. The last point went to Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez who was punted off on the last lap by Daniil Kvyat but was given the place back by the stewards.

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Lewis Hamilton charged from a fifth place start to lead laps and finish second Sunday in Texas.
 

F1 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas Results, Sunday Nov. 3, 2019

Pos
Driver
Car
Laps
Time/Retired
PTS
1
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
56
33:55.7
25
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
56
+4.148s
18
3
Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing Honda
56
+5.002s
15
4
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
56
+52.239s
13
5
Alexander Albon
Red Bull Racing Honda
56
+78.038s
10
6
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
56
+90.366s
8
7
Lando Norris
McLaren Renault
56
+90.764s
6
8
Carlos Sainz
McLaren Renault
55
+1 lap
4
9
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
55
+1 lap
2
10
Sergio Perez
Racing Point BWT Mercedes
55
+1 lap
1
11
Kimi Räikkönen
Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
55
+1 lap
0
12
Daniil Kvyat
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
55
+1 lap
0
13
Lance Stroll
Racing Point BWT Mercedes
55
+1 lap
0
14
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
55
+1 lap
0
15
Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari
55
+1 lap
0
16
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
54
DNF
0
17
George Russell
Williams Mercedes
54
+2 laps
0
18
Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari
52
DNF
0
NC
Robert Kubica
Williams Mercedes
31
DNF
0
NC
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
7
DNF
0
* Provisional results
Note – Kvyat received a post-race, 5-second time penalty for causing a collision. Leclerc scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.

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