Lewis Hamilton became only the second driver after Michael Schumacher to clinch six world titles on the course of his career. This staggering feat was achieved in Austin in the circuit of the Americas (COTA), which was the designate US Grand Prix for the calendar year.
It was a very difficult race in the words of the world champion as he had to make a one-stop strategy work whereas his teammate Valtteri Bottas was on a two-stop strategy along with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen who was chasing the world champion in the later stages of the race for the second position.
Lewis made all the tricks in the book work for him, nursing his tires to the best of their health and trying to retain the lead when eventually on lap 51 of 56, his teammate took it from him, in a straight forward pass over the back straight.
Austin has been Lewis’s favorite hunting ground with three poles in the last four races, but this year the qualifying was much to the utter dismay of the Brit, who could only manage 5th position while his Mercedes teammate clinched pole.
After the qualifying, Lewis said that the car had a good pace, but it was his fault that he couldn’t convert it into a front-row lockout for the team, though on the back of Bottas clinching pole it was the 200th front row start for the team from Brackley.
The main rivals for Mercedes were Red Bull rather than Ferrari for the race as Sebastian Vettel suffered from a rear suspension failure, which ended his run, and Charles Leclerc didn’t have the necessary pace advantage to challenge the silver arrows.
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