Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
team won his fifth United States Grand Prix race on October 23, 2016 in Austin,
Texas, as he beat his team mate Nico Rosberg who had to be content with the
second place. It was also the 50th victory of Hamilton’s F1 career, putting him
one behind Alain Prost for second place in the all-time list. This is also the
3rd in a row at the Circuit of the Americas for Hamilton and 7th of the 2016
season so far
Nico Rosberg (331) leads the
Drivers' Championship by 26 points from Lewis Hamilton (305) in P2. The
Mercedes AMG Petronas (636) lead Red Bull (400) by 236 points in the
Constructors' Championship. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing took the final
podium while his team mate Max Verstappen had to retire mid-race with suspected
transmission issues. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth for Ferrari, whose second
car also failed to make the flag as Kimi Raikkonen was the victim of a pit stop
that went terribly wrong.
Sergio Perez of Force India
came in 8th while his team mate Nico Hulkenburg could not finish the
race. Fernando Alonso came in fifth for McLaren, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos
Sainz and Williams’ Felipe Massa. McLaren’s Jenson Button and Haas’s Romain
Grosjean completed the top ten.
Earlier in the race Valtteri
Bottas of Williams and Nico Hulkenberg had a bump in that first corner which
hurt both their races. The German retired his damaged Force India at the end of
the lap, while the Finn pitted with a puncture and struggled home for a 16th position
for Williams. The opening lap was almost disastrous for Force India, as Toro
Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat spun Perez in Turn 11, but the Mexican fought back quite
well. As he took eighth, Kvyat was 12th as he got himself a 10-second penalty.
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