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GP Week : Issue 176
F1 >>> UNITED STATES 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: do whatever they can to make sure that we have the best possibility to have the smoothest Sunday afternoon, irrespective of what parts are on the car, in what area of the car. So I have 100 percent trust in them that they're going to do what they can to get us home and they've obviously selected those alternators for a reason and put their best foot for ward.” But speaking after the race, which saw him retire on lap 17, Webber admitted that his failure to reach the chequered flag would be causing the team some headaches between Austin and Sao Paulo. “It was the alternator ultimately in the end,” the Red Bull driver explained. “So we lost the batteries on the car, we lost KERS, we lost our gearbox sync. The laps before I retired I was in trouble and we knew it was a long way home from there. It’s disappointing to lose a very good result here today for myself and the team, and for sure there are more nerves about our reliability.” With Webber gone and Alonso miles behind in an inherited P3, the United States Grand Prix became a two-horse race. Vettel and Hamilton were the only two drivers on track with the pace and the position to take the chequered flag, and – barring a retirement from either or both men – none of the other drivers were in with a chance. The RB8 and the MP4-27 danced around the Circuit of the Americas like an accordion being gently squeezed. They pressed together in the corners and pulled apart in the straights with Vettel deftly controlling the gap to the chasing McLaren, keeping Hamilton in sight but just out of the DRS danger zone for much of the race. But Hamilton kept on pressing, increasing the pressure on almost every lap as he set a succession of fastest laps, even – occasionally – beating Vettel’s sector times in the tricky and Red Bull-friendly sector three. Despite the McLaren driver’s sterling effort, in his post-race comments Vettel blamed the loss of the lead on traffic, and not on the simple fact that he had been outmanoeuvred in the DRS zone. “Everything seemed to be in control and here traffic is quite difficult and it didn’t work in my favour,” the defending world champion said. “Lewis was close enough to open his rear wing. It Don't forget The Flying Lap live every week on http://smibs.tv CLICK HERE