American Race Round 18

Lewis Hamilton takes his 50th GP win by winning for the 4th time in Austin ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo.


Tyre choice

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein will start on the Soft tyre. Felipe Nasr and Esteban Ocon will start on the Medium tyre with everyone else starting on the Supersoft tyre.


The lights go out and a way we go. Its a good start by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as they head into turn 1. Daniel Ricciardo gets round the outside of Rosberg and overtakes him for 2nd place. Daniil Kvyat hits Sergio Perez and Perez spins but continues. A replay of the start shows Nico Hulkenberg boxed in by Sebastian Vettel on his left and Valterri Bottas on his right. This causes contact between Bottas and Hulkenberg giving Bottas a puncture. Both pit at the end of lap 1 with Force India retiring Hulkenberg.

Lap 3, Jenson Button overtakes Esteban Gutierrez into turn 12 and up into 10th place. Lewis Hamilton leads from Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 9, Ricciardo and Raikkonen pit going onto the Soft tyres as the FIA announce that there is no further action between Nico Hulkenberg and Valterri Bottas on lap 1. Lap 10, Verstappen pits for the Soft tyres.

Lap 11, Nico Rosberg pits for the Medium tyre. Lap 12, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso pit for the Soft, Soft, Soft and Medium tyre. Lap 13, Max Verstappen overtakes Kimi Raikkonen into turn 12 and up into 5th place. Daniil Kvyat has been given a 10 second time penalty for the collision on the first lap with Sergio Perez. Lap 15, Sebastian Vettel pits and changes over to the Soft tyre. Vettel rejoins in 6th behind Kimi Raikkonen in 5th place.

Lap 21, Jenson Button overtakes Daniil Kvyat into turn 12 and up into 10th place. Lap 22, Sebastian Vettel is catching team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Lap 25, Raikkonen pits and changes over to the Supersoft tyre. Lap 26, Daniel Ricciardo pits going onto the Medium tyre. Lap 27, Max Verstappen pits but his Red Bull team aren’t ready! Verstappen waits till his team are ready to fit the new Medium tyre. Lap 28, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean pit with both drivers going onto the Medium tyre.

Lap 29, Max Verstappen is slowing on the long straight between turns 11 and 12. Its an engine failure, he pulls over at a marshal post at turn 17. This triggers a Virtual Safety Car in which Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso pit going onto the Soft and Medium tyre. Lap 32, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg pit, both for the Medium tyre. The VSC ends on lap 33 with Hamilton leading ahead of Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Lap 39, Raikkonen pits and makes it to the exit of the pit-lane and grinds to a halt. Crazy scenes as Raikkonen rolls his car back into the safety of the pit-lane. Obviously, Ferrari are under investigated for releasing a car in an unsafe condition.

Lap 42, Romain Grosjean is up into 10th place due to Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement. Lap 48, the battle for 5th place is on with Carlos Sainz occupying 5th with Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in 6th and 7th. Lap 52, Alonso overtakes Massa into turn 15 and there’s contact. Both touch tyres and Alonso is through. Lap 53, Alonso and Massa are under investigation following the contact. Lap 54, Sebastian Vettel pits and straps on a set of Supersoft tyres till the end of the race. Lap 55, Massa pits following a left-front puncture, possibly caused with the contact with Alonso.  Alonso is on a mission today as he overtakes Sainz into turn 12 and up into 5th place. Lap 56, Lewis Hamilton wins ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Race result

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Ricciardo  4.Vettel  5.Alonso  6.Sainz  7.Massa  8.Perez  9.Button  10.Grosjean  11.Magnussen  12.Kvyat  13.Palmer  14.Ericsson  15.Nasr  16.Bottas  17.Wehrlein  18.Ocon  DNF Raikkonen, Verstappen, Gutierrez and Hulkenberg.

Race stats

  • By winning today, Lewis Hamilton secured his 50th GP victory and reduced the gap to championship leader, Nico Rosberg to 26 points.
  • Sebastian Vettel managed to get the Fastest Lap of a 1:39:877 on lap 55.
  • Daniil Kvyat was also given 2 penalty points on his license for the incident with Sergio Perez.

Drivers Championship

  1. Nico Rosberg 331pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 305pts
  3. Daniel Ricciardo 227pts
  4. Sebastian Vettel 177pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 170pts
  6. Max Verstappen 165pts
  7. Sergio Perez 84pts
  8. Valterri Bottas 81pts
  9. Nico Hulkenberg 54pts
  10. Fernando Alonso 52pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 636pts
  2. Red Bull 400pts
  3. Ferrari 347pts
  4. Force India 138pts
  5. Williams 130pts
  6. McLaren 74pts
  7. Torro Rosso 55pts
  8. Haas 29pts
  9. Renault 8pts
  10. Manor 1pt
  11. Sauber 0pts





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