Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in the US Grand Prix to help Mercedes-AMG secure its fourth consecutive Formula 1 constructors’ championship – and is set to wrap up his fourth drivers’ title in Mexico this weekend.
The British racer qualified on pole at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, but was outdragged to the first turn by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Having tracked his title rival for several laps, Hamilton regained the front with a firm overtaking move, quickly pulling out a decisive lead.
Hamilton’s victory was his ninth of the season and put him on course to clinch the drivers’ title in this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton leads Vettel by 17 points, meaning a fifth-place finish will guarantee him the championship.
Talking about Mercedes-AMG’s title success, Hamilton (pictured below on the podium with Usain Bolt) said: “There has been an incredible push [at Mercedes] for this kind of performance. We’ve pulled together more than I’ve experienced over the last five years to create something quite special. It just shows strength and depth, and I’m proud to be part of it.”