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Lewis Hamilton loses out on fifth F1 world title in United States GP
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Lewis Hamilton loses out on fifth F1 world title in United States GP

Lewis Hamilton just failed to clinch a fifth world title when he finished third in a thrilling US Grand Prix.

Mercedes let a victory slip through their fingers by delaying a second pit stop and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took his first victory for more than five years.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen also beat Hamilton, who will have to wait until the race in Mexico next weekend to have another chance of clinching the title.

He leaves Austin, Texas, with a 70-point lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, with 75 available over the remaining three grands prix.

In a tense finish, Raikkonen, Verstappen and Hamilton were nose to tail and the Mercedes driver failed in his one opportunity to pass the Dutchman with three laps to go.

As it happened, even doing that would not have been enough to clinch the title for Hamilton, as Vettel passed the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas for fourth place on the penultimate lap.

More to follow

Raikkonen has not won a race since March 2013 – in Australia for Lotus

Again it’s a mistake from Vettel – Nicholls

Hollywood finish: Hamilton prepared for the race by hanging out with actress and model, Millie Bobby Brown
Depressed cowboy: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shows of his cowboy-themed race suit for the race – he lasted only a few laps before his car limped off the circuit

Source BBC News

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