F1 2015 United States Grand Prix result: Lewis Hamilton crowned world champion

PUBLISHED: 20:56 25 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:14 26 October 2015

Lewis Hamilton at the 2015 United States Grand Prix circuit [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton at the 2015 United States Grand Prix circuit [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is world champion for a third time after winning a dramatic 2015 United States Grand Prix in Austin.

Lewis Hamilton won the 2015 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, to be crowned world champion for a third time [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton won the 2015 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, to be crowned world champion for a third time [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

The 30-year-old Mercedes F1 racer from Hertfordshire took the chequered flag at the 5.513km Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, this evening (Sunday), to make it back-to-back world titles.

Hamilton crossed the finish line ahead of Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg following a thrilling race, with Sebastian Vettel claiming the third and final place on the podium for Ferrari. Max Verstappen was fourth.

After becoming a three-time world champion, Hamilton described it over the team radio as “the greatest moment of my life”. He added: “To my family – I love you.”

His victory in America was his 10th of the 2015 season and the 43rd of his F1 career.

He also joins an elite group of 10 drivers to have won three or more titles.

Being interviewed afterwards on the podium by Sir Elton John, Hamilton said: “I can’t find the words right now.

“Thank you so much to the whole team and all back home. I love you all.”

In the post-race press conference, Hamilton said: “I’m so overwhelmed right now.

“I remember my first British Championship when my Dad drove me home singing ‘We Are The Champions’.

“I owe so much to them – my Mum, my Dad, my family, with all they sacrificed.

“And also my fans, who give me so much energy. I have the chance to inspire here – never give up on your dreams.”

Hamilton’s third world title pulls him level with his hero, Ayrton Senna.

He said: “My target was always been three titles as Senna inspired me. Now I want to carry on as far and long as I can.”

As for his Mercedes colleague Rosberg, Hamilton added: “Nico has been a fantastic team-mate and has driven so well since we’ve been team-mates, so big respect to him.”

Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe praised Hamilton afterwards.

He said: “Lewis Hamilton’s performance this year has been the best of his career.”

The reigning world champion made a good start from second place on the grid, after a wet qualifying session earlier in the day had seen Mercedes claim yet another front-row lockout with Rosberg on pole after Q3 was abandoned.

After taking the lead on the run to the first corner, and forcing Silver Arrows team-mate Nico Rosberg wide after they touched, Hamilton controlled the opening laps from the front of the field on a damp track.

Fifteen laps into a breathless US Grand Prix, Hamilton led Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo from Rosberg, who claimed pole position in a rain-hit qualifying session this morning, and Daniil Kvyat, of Red Bull, in fourth.

However, the Stevenage-born F1 racer was overtaken after 15 laps by the Red Bull of Ricciardo, as the Mercedes man’s Intermediate tyres started to go.

Ricciardo overtook Lewis at Turn 18 for the lead, and Hamilton lost another place to Mercedes rival Rosberg a couple of laps later at Turn 13.

Hamilton pitted from third place on lap 18 for the softer Option tyres and came out of the pits in eighth place.

Rosberg, meanwhile, moved ahead of Ricciardo at Turn 13 to take the race lead after 23 laps, with Hamilton up to third after overtaking Kvyat at Turn 12.

Hamilton moved into second place behind Rosberg after also passing Ricciardo’s Red Bull.

F1 World Champions

Multiple winners

* Michael Schumacher 7

* Juan Manuel Fangio 5

* Alain Prost 4

* Sebastian Vettel 4

* Jack Brabham 3

* Jackie Stewart 3

* Niki Lauda 3

* Nelson Piquet 3

* Ayrton Senna 3

* LEWIS HAMILTON 3

Rosberg was 10.7 seconds clear of Hamilton after 26 laps, but the German’s lead was wiped out when the Safety Car was deployed to allow for Marcus Ericsson’s stricken Sauber to be removed from the side of the track.

When the race restarted, Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel stormed clear of the Red Bulls of Kvyat and Ricciardo into third placed behind the two Mercedes drivers.

The lead changed hands again when Rosberg pitted on lap 38 under the Virtual Safety Car, lifting Hamilton into first place ahead of Vettel, but on an older set of tyres.

Rosberg reclaimed second place when he passed Vettel, and Hamilton’s race lead then evaporated when the Safety Car was deployed for a second time, after Kvyat lost control of his Red Bull near Turn 20.

Hamilton pitted for fresh Option tyres, with Rosberg once again leading the race after 44 laps.

A great restart from Rosberg when the Safety Car came in on lap 46 saw the Silver Arrows driver pull clear of Hamilton again.

However, Rosberg then made a mistake a few laps later, spinning and running off the track, and Hamilton moved into the race lead at Turn 17, crossing the line to finish lap 48 in first position.

He held that lead to the finish line for his 10th victory of the season, to claim his third world drivers’ championship and a place in the sport’s pantheon.


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