Lewis Hamilton wins in Austin as Red Bull win Constructors

Lewis Hamilton has won the inaugural American Grand Prix, passing Sebastian Vettel on Lap 42 and keeping control of the race until the checkered flag. Red Bull have also won the constructors championship, but not the way they wanted to, with one car retiring.

At lights out, Mark Webber jumped Lewis Hamilton in P2 while Sebastian Vettel shot away at the front. Fernando Alonso had a superb start and jumped from 7th to 4th. His team-mate’s penalty had paid off for Alonso as starting from the ‘clean’ side of the grid enabled him to make the fantastic start he did. Schumacher dropped places like mad, proving that he himself was to thank for his P5 in Qualifying, Not the car.

Meanwhile, Jenson Button had possibly the worst start, dropping from 12th to 16th at the start. Perez on the other hand had a fantastic start, going from 15th to 12th and then taking Senna up the inside into turn 16 in a very ballsy move. Sebastian Vettel up the front was leading Mark Webber by roughly 2 seconds while lapping a full 2 seconds faster than Alonso in P4. Lewis Hamilton wasn’t happy in P3 though, and really got himself moving. It only took him a couple of laps to catch and pass the Aussie for 2nd, before he could start his attack on Vettel.

Button was trying his hardest to get into the points and was involved in a very close and very vicious mid-field battle. Eventually, he managed to slip past Kobayashi, Maldonado, Senna and Perez. Romain Grosjean was flying in P5 and battling for P6 before he became the first man to get caught out by the infamous turn 19. He spun the car and immediately lost 3 places before loosing several more places in the next few laps.

Kimi Raikkonen proved wrong the theory that there would be on overtaking in the first sector by bullying Nico Hulkenberg out of the way in the S’s. Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne became the first driver to drop out of the race, pulling onto the grass in turn 7, as he did in Practice, with an identical steering failure. In the sister car, Mark Webber was warned that his KERS had failed just before his alternator failed, sending the Aussie out of the race.

Hamilton began to lose a lot of time to Sebastian Vettel while Fernando Alonso had an uncharacteristically bad pit stop, a problem with his right rear tire to blame. He pulled out of the pits while Kimi Raikkonen pulled into his pit box and also suffered a bad pit stop, similarly, a rear right tire. Sebastian Vettel got very held up behind Timo Glock which allowed Hamilton to close right up behind him. Yet the Brit couldn’t just make the pass despite having DRS to his aid for at least 10 laps.

Eventually Hamilton managed to make it past the championship leader at the end of the straight but Alonso was too far behind him to catch him. Vettel would not give up though and he chased Hamilton, sticking right behind the Brit, but just not making it past him.

Maldonado and Senna were having a big inter team battle. Senna was doing very well to block Maldonado until Pastor came on the radio to ask if he could race. He was given the go ahead and sent himself up the inside into the 1st corner, pulling off a fantastic overtake.

Back at the front, Sebastian Vettel could do nothing to stop Hamilton winning, even setting the fastest lap on the last lap, and Hamilton crossed the line first, to win the very first Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Interestingly, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso have never stood on a podium together before, and after five seasons, it’s finally happened.

Final Standings:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Sebastian Vettel
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Felipe Massa
  5. Jenson Button
  6. Kimi Raikkonen
  7. Romain Grosjean
  8. Nico Hulkenberg
  9. Pastor Maldonado
  10. Bruno Senna
  11. Sergio Perez
  12. Daniel Ricciardo
  13. Nico Rosberg
  14. Kamui Kobayashi
  15. Paul di Resta
  16. Michael Schumacher
  17. Vitaly Petrov
  18. Heikki Kovalainen
  19. Timo Glock
  20. Charles Pic
  21. Pedro de la Rosa
  22. Narain Karthikeyan

Retired:

Mark Webber – Alternator
Jean-Eric Vergne – Steering

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