Championship Update: Hamilton Clinches at USGP

Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix, and in doing so clinched the 2015 Driver’s Championship. It wasn’t an easy race by any means, though. Nico Rosberg started on pole but was quickly moved aside (literally) in turn one. Then the battle commenced with the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat — Sebastien Vettel even joined in on the party to make it a five way battle for the lead.

Upper right hand corner, Hamilton and Rosberg rub in the first turn.
In favor of brevity, we’ll skip forward to the closing stint of the race — mainly because most readers have seen the race or previously read about it. The race saw multiple safety cars, both virtual and real. The final of which helped Rosberg jump Hamilton in the pits with less than 15 laps remaining.
Rosberg prevailed towards the end of the race and had the lead over Hamilton until an unforced error sent him off the track. Hamilton slipped by and Rosberg slotted in right in front of Vettel. With a Hamilton win, Vettel would have needed second place to keep the championship fight alive. He was unable to get by his fellow German and claimed the last spot on the podium.
Rosberg had the lead behind the final safety car.
With the result, Hamilton is now 76 points ahead of the field with three races remaining. The maximum number of points any one driver could claim in the remaining races is 75. This is Hamilton’s third driver’s championship which puts him tied for fifth on the all time championship list. Vettel is the only active driver with more championships (4) than him.
by: Drew B., Founder

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