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2012 United States Grand Prix

United States Grand Prix

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Round:
19
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
56
Fastest Lap:
Vettel, 1m39.347
Country:
United States
Circuit:
2012 season:
Report

Was this the rebirth of Formula 1 in the USA? Well, it’s early days, of course, and they always say that it’s the second year that tells you most: will the fans come back for more? From everything that was being said and heard after the race, there is every reason to believe they will. The whole weekend at the Circuit of the Americas was an emphatic success. The great hope, of course, was for a memorable race, one which would capture the imagination of a crowd unfamiliar with this branch of motor sport. There were fears that Sebastian Vettel ­– on pole, of course ­– would stroll away to another easy victory, but Lewis Hamilton, robbed of victory in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago, was again bang on form in Austin. For 41 laps he stalked Vettel, sometimes closing, sometimes falling away, before making his move; thereafter they ran the final 15 laps together, rarely separated by more than a second, but Hamilton came away with his first victory since Monza. Joining Lewis and Sebastian on the podium was – almost inevitably – Fernando Alonso, in the thick end of the points once again, but losing more ground to Vettel in the World Championship. With only one race to go, Fernando trails by 13 points: even if he wins in Brazil, third place will be enough to give Sebastian his hat trick of titles.

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