Lewis Hamilton swept the entire weekend in Austin, Texas this weekend. He topped all three of the Free Practice sessions, took another record-breaking pole and then went on to take a pretty dominant victory on Sunday. Hamilton’s win and team mate, Valterri Bottas’ P5 in the race also secured the constructors title for Mercedes. This is now their fourth constructors title in a row, and with three races for the season remaining, it is looking ever-more likely Hamilton could clinch the title imminently.
Hamilton didn’t have it easy the entire way though. Vettel was able to pass the Brit at the start and looked as though Vettel might have the turn of luck he needed. This was not to be the case as Hamilton showed superior overall pace and was able to dispatch the German with relative ease on lap 6.
After the first stop, the gap had closed right up again and it looked as though Vettel might have still been in with a shout but Hamilton was able to bridge the gap again. This was the beginning of the end of Vettel’s hopes to win the Grand Prix as he still had another stop to but Hamilton only needed to stop once.
Vettel stopped again on lap 39 and fell back to P4. Because of his fresher tires, the German was able to close back the gap to the two Finns and pass them to retake P2 behind Hamilton. Towards the end of the race, Max Verstappen was in a heated battle with Raikkonen for P3 which he took but due to a 10-second penalty dropped back to P4 much to the dismay of Red Bull who felt it harsh from the stewards.
Lewis Hamilton crossed the line to take victory ahead of closest rival Sebastian Vettel and edge the gap a fraction more. The second of the Scuderia came home to complete the podium after the Red Bull of Verstappen received his 10-second penalty. Bottas completed the top 5 in the sister Silver Arrow. Some good drives from Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz are worth a mention who took home some solid points. Hamilton now leads the championship by 66 points going into the last three races of the season.