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Hamilton wins 5th consecutive race, extends lead to 24 points

Snapshot: Seems like there is no stopping for Lewis Hamilton, who is eyeing his second drivers' title after 6 long years.

It seems like there is no stopping for Lewis Hamilton, who is eyeing his second drivers' title after 6 long years. The Briton won his 5th consecutive race in the Austin, Texas GP, extending his world championship lead to 24 points. Lead by Nico Rosberg, team mate of Hamilton, for the majority of the first half, the race saw a dramatic turnaround of the events, as Hamilton came around from no where and passed Nico, to take the unbeatable lead.

Rosberg never gave up the fight after Hamilton took the lead at turn 12 of 24th lap and said, he didn't find his rhythm until his team mate overtook, but by then it was too late. Hamilton reduced the margin of 2.5s to only 0.7s within a handful of laps, before taking the lead. This is the 10th win for Hamilton of the season and the 32nd of his career, putting him ahead of Nigel Mansell's previous British record of 31 Grand Prix wins.

The podium was completed by Daniel Ricciardo of the Red Bull team, who overtook the Williams' Felipe Massa on the 32nd lap. Ricciardo recovered superbly from a slow start and faced a late counter-attack from the Brazilian. Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams finished a decent fifth, while Fernando Alonso fought his way through to sixth. Sebastian Vettel finished seventh, who started from the pits and made four stops before crossing the finish line. 

The top 10 of the drivers' list was completed by McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, who finished eighth ahead of Pastor Maldonado's Lotus and Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso, who finished ninth and tenth respectively. Both the Force India cars retired as Perez and Hulkenberg pulled off the circuit, resulting in a miserable weekend for the team.

With the win, Hamilton now stands at 316 points, ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg, at 292 points.  This means that the Briton can win the championship if he comes second to Rosberg in the remaining two races. Ricciardo strengthened his grip on third place, with 214 points.

At the constructors' table, Mercedes, who won the title in the last race only, now has 608 points to Red Bull's 363, with Williams 238 on third position. Ferrari is fourth with 196, 49 points ahead of McLaren at 157 points.

Results:

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Pts

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

56

1:40:04.785

25

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

56

+4.3 secs

18

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-Renault

56

+25.5 secs

15

4

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

56

+26.9 secs

12

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

56

+30.9 secs

10

6

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

56

+95.2 secs

8

7

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

56

+95.7 secs

6

8

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren-Mercedes

56

+100.68 secs

4

9

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus-Renault

56

+107.87 secs

1

10

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Renault

56

+108.86 secs

2

11

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

55

+1 Lap

 

12

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

55

+1 Lap

 

13

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

55

+1 Lap

 

14

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

55

+1 Lap

 

15

Daniil Kvyat

STR-Renault

55

+1 Lap

 

Ret

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

16

Engine

 

Ret

Sergio Perez

Force India-Mercedes

1

Accident damage

 

Ret

Adrian Sutil

Sauber-Ferrari

0

Accident

 

 

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