United States Grand Prix – Vettel’s title celebration delayed as Hamilton grabs thrilling victory in Austin
It appears as if Lewis Hamilton loves to drive in the United States. The last time Formula One travelled to United States the former world champion took home the bragging rights with a stunning victory. Well, history repeated itself at Austin on Sunday.
The McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton grabbed a brilliant victory on the second last race of the season by thwarting Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in a pulsating battle. Sebastian Vettel, who was in his first United States Grand Prix at a new circuit, was able to grab a close second-place.
Red Bull won the Constructors’ title in Austin on Sunday, thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s podium finish, but the young German defending champion will have to wait until next weekend in Brazil to fight for his third consecutive world championship title.
Lewis Hamilton, who tormented Sebastian Vettel for most of the race, exuberantly awaits the showdown at Interlagos even thought the Briton is out of the title race. Lewis Hamilton, who won the first race at the new race track in Austin said that he was “proud” and “grateful” for the results he had achieved in Austin.
“First time winner, yeah, I’m so happy,” Lewis Hamilton said. “The fans have been amazing this weekend, so thank you so much. The warm welcome we’ve had has been fantastic and I think this is probably one of the best, if not the best grand prix we’ve had all year. Especially for me and my team, this is so special. It’s been a long, long time since I had a win and I’m just so proud, so proud of the work the guys did, so grateful for the support we’ve had.”
Sebastian Vettel had a smile upon his face, but was emitting an aura of dissatisfaction from the results at Austin. The two-time world champion had the opportunity to end his title battle with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished third in the race.
“I think we can be happy with today as we have done everything right,” Sebastian Vettel said in the post-race press conference. “The pit stop was perfect, the race was perfect. Sure there is a bit of an aftertaste when thinking about the overtake, as I think we made it a bit too easy for Lewis (Hamilton). It was an unfortunate that we ran into cars to lap at that very moment but before that - and after - we did everything right!
“But nothing was lost and winning the constructors’ championship today smoothed away any bitter aftertaste. A big thanks to the team and let’s hope that it works the same way next weekend at the season finale - and showdown - in Brazil.”