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GP Week : Issue 176
Lewis Hamilton’s love affair with America continues in style. Having been the last man to win in Indianapolis he came to Austin determined to take what might be his final win for McLaren. With victory robbed from him in Singapore and Abu Dhabi, reliability must have played on his mind. That, and the fact Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheets in every session. The qualifying gap of a tenth of a second was surprisingly close, however, and Vettel knew he had a fight on his hands. Hamilton might have been better off starting third rather than second, for starting on the dirty side of the circuit was always going to be costly on this new Circuit of the Americas, which was like an ice rink offline. Mark Webber managed to mug the McLaren at the start, but Lewis ripped the position back at the end of the long straight on Lap 4. Then he set off after Vettel, preempting the Red Bull driver’s stop, getting within DRS distance and, for eight edge- of-the-seat laps, chipped away at Vettel’s lead. On Lap 42 he made it stick, darting from behind the RB8 at the last split-second, missing it by an inch as the Red Bull pulled to the left to cover the inside. Hamilton had more than enough momentum and neatly cut across to take the left-hander at Turn 12. Vettel sawed away to stay within the DRS zone and respond, but was unable to get close enough and had to settle for second, ahead of his title rival Fernando Alonso. “It’s been a great weekend. To be able to beat Red Bull and Sebastian is definitely a tough challenge but we managed to do it today,” said Hamilton after wards. “We pitted maybe two laps before Sebastian, so then he came out quite far ahead but traffic really worked out quite well for once. Traffic usually catches me out, so I was glad that it worked slightly in my favour at some points. What a great feeling to win the first grand prix here, back in the States – I won the last one here as well, so I’m massively proud.” “HAMILTON WINS IN THE USA” ... AGAIN! 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> UNITED STATES