Raikkonen victory keeps Hamilton waiting for fifth F1 title

Lewis Hamilton

With three laps remaining Hamilton only needed to overtake Max Verstappen to claim the title, but he was unable to make a pass stick as he was forced to run wide at Turn 18.

But Hamilton's third-place finish, the first time he hasn't won the U.S. Grand Prix since 2013, and Vettel's fourth, pushed the championship back another week to Mexico City.

That gap could be just big enough to guarantee Hamilton wins the season championship.

Shock: When Sebastian Vettel spun out of contention (see below), I had no doubts in my mind Lewis Hamilton would be leaving Austin with the title.

The news was music to Vettel's ears as the German challenged Daniel Ricciardo for fourth place, but things turned sour for the title contender when he attempted to pass the Red Bull Racing auto.

Starting between Hamilton and Vettel will be Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, Mercedes' Vallteri Bottas and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "Ferrari picked up their game, and we need to push hard at the next race".

But Hamilton and Mercedes appeared to grab back the initiative when they made a decision to pit under an early virtual safety auto period on lap 11, when the cars are controlled to a certain lap time.

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Teammate Valteri Bottas moved aside, but Raikonnen and Verstappen were too quick; the young Dutchman nearly gave Hamilton a sniff, but managed to hold him off in the closing laps and claim a dramatic second-place finish.

"It was definitely an issue for us and we'll look through it as performance-wise it wasn't a great weekend".

While Vettel battled through the field, Hamilton stalked the back of Raikkonen's Ferrari, though his pursuit proved costly as it caused blisters on his rear tyres. He was on a slightly better tyre than us at the end.

Hamilton had to score 8 more points than Vettel to secure his fifth championship. "It should have been a better day", said Vettel. He fell to just nine seconds behind the leader and dropped to third behind teammate Valtteri Bottas, who quickly let him past into second once racing resumed on Lap 12. After the result of today's race, the British driver now has a 70-point lead over the Ferrari driver. The second one was just that little bit better. "Today has been surprisingly close, I don't think we expected it to be that close", commented Vettel, who vented his frustration over the team radio after crossing the line.

It took him until Lap 51 to get within one second of Verstappen and gain DRS, but the Dutchman was likewise closely tailing Raikkonen in the lead, neutralizing the advantage.

Lewis Hamilton was a happy man after taking another step towards the Formula One title at the United States Grand Prix.

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