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GP Week : Issue 176
didn't matter which side I picked. “I wasn't too happy to send a deep invitation to Lewis going past Karthikeyan and he was right behind in the DRS zone. To do a big defense in one corner is hardly possible and he took that opportunity down the straight. I wasn't happy as before that I had managed the gap to him, and had managed tyres to attack in the last few laps.” Hamilton was more generous in his assessment of the manoeuvre. “To have a battle with Vettel was really special,” he said. “It was actually quite tricky. When I finally got close to him, I seemed to be catching him in the first sector, the backmarkers came into play, finally. How many times has it happened to me when I got caught out? It worked out and I knew that was going to be the lap. I turned the engine up to maximise the revs. I went for the inside, but he defended. I went to the outside and he closed the door a bit so I was very lucky.” Elsewhere in the pack the Austin race offered excitements aplenty for the attendant fans. Romain Grosjean had a nightmare of an afternoon in the opening phase of the race; the Lotus driver lost six places within the first eight laps, having spun like a top at Turn 19 and damaged his tyres in the process. Grosjean was the first man into the pits as a consequence, and the Frenchman did a more than respectable job to fight his way back up through the field to a P7 finish. Another remarkable performance came about thanks to Massa, who was disadvantaged at the start by his own team – who were thinking tactically of their championship chances, and acted entirely within the rules. The Brazilian racer started on the clean side of the grid, down in P11, and delivered a seemingly effortless drive that saw the Paulista end the race 6.7s behind his teammate, just shy of the podium. The predicted Turn 1 chaos never materialised, and the Circuit of the Americas saw only two retirements on Sunday afternoon: the aforementioned Webber, and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who retired two laps before the Australian thanks to broken suspension. But the big losers on Sunday afternoon were Mercedes, for whom the United States is their biggest market. Michael Schumacher was passed by a seemingly infinite succession of drivers, despite his borderline unsporting efforts to prevent what became 96 minutes of public humiliation. Team-mate Nico Rosberg fared little better, with his main achievement in Austin the fact that he set the eighth-fastest lap of the race. The Silver Arrows were hampered by their poor qualifying positions, but given that the likes of Grosjean, Massa, and Jenson Button were able to work their way through the pack to respectable points-scoring finishes, it was little short of embarrassing to see Mercedes struggle to compete. One has to wonder just how race-winner Hamilton feels about the team he will shortly be calling home... F1 >>> UNITED STATES 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: