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2014 United States Grand Prix

United States Grand Prix

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Round:
17
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
56
Fastest Lap:
Vettel, 1m41.379
Country:
United States
Circuit:
2014 season:
Report

In Austin a race broke out amid the arguing about the sport’s future – and Lewis Hamilton won it, completely overturning Nico Rosberg’s trouncing of him in qualifying. His fifth consecutive victory, the tenth of his season, the 32nd of his career (putting him ahead of Nigel Mansell as the Brit with the greatest all-time victory tally), extended his lead over Rosberg to 24 points. It was a classic Hamilton hunt-the-prey drive, very reminiscent of his win here two years ago when Sebastian Vettel had been the victim. “I was even catching him in all the same places,” Lewis reflected later. The decisive pass came at the same place too – at the end of the DRS zone down the back straight into the tight turn 12. He was in unstoppable form, adapting to the changes in track conditions much better than his team-mate and carrying the confidence from that into his attack – which he pressed home in the second stint after they had each switched to the prime (medium) tyre. The gusty wind that can whip up around the Texan expanses had turned 90 degrees from Saturday, a strong cross-wind cutting through the fast sweeping direction changes of turns three-four-five, making the cars edgy and oversteery there. Rosberg, who started the race with significantly less front wing angle than Hamilton, was pretty comfortable through there during the first stint, which he led throughout. Switching to the harder tyre will normally give a more oversteery balance but Nico decided to leave his wing as it was at the stops.

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