Lewis Hamilton seals his sixth F1 title at the United States Grand Prix
AUSTIN: Lewis Hamilton assured his sixth Formula One world championship on Sunday in a US Grand Prix UU. won by his teammate Mercedes Valtteri Bottas .
The 34-year-old Briton finished second in the Circuit of the Americas to become the second driver after retiring from the great seven-time Ferrari champion. Michael Schumacher To win six titles.
Red bulls Max Verstappen He ranked third in the race, while Charles Leclerc of Ferrari finished fourth and earned an extra point for the fastest lap.
A crowded crowd, which included Hamilton's two parents, arrived early on a sun-drenched circuit just outside Austin waiting to see a coronation and was not disappointed when the Briton fought Bottas to death.
Much of the drama in the chase of the championship had already been eliminated with Hamilton in a position to secure the title without even scoring a point.
But the 34-year-old showed why he is one of the most competitive and greatest runners of all time by trying to crown his championship with a seventh victory in the United States Grand Prix.
He was about to cross the finish line first, but nothing could prevent Hamilton from sealing another driver's title.
It's overwhelming if I'm really honest. It was a very tough race today, Hamilton told reporters.
Valtteri did a fantastic job, huge congratulations to him.
Today I really wanted to deliver the one-two for the team. I didn't think it was possible, but I worked as hard as I could.
The math was as simple as discouraging for Bottas, Hamilton would secure the title by finishing eighth or better, but he would not need any points on Sunday to retain the championship if the Finn did not win the race.
Any idea that Hamilton could approach the race with some caution was quickly eliminated when he attacked from the start, firing from fifth to third before the first round was completed.
Bottas got away from pole position cleanly with Red bulls Max Verstappen and Hamilton in hot pursuit.
With Hamilton in a one-stop strategy and Bottas and Verstappen in two, the Briton took the lead after his two challengers made their second pit stop.
The victory now depended on any driver who could make their tires last.
With four laps to go, and Hamilton was waiting, there was nothing he could do to prevent Bottas from passing it to take the victory.
My father told me that when I was six or seven years old I would never give up and that is the family motto, Hamilton said.
I was pushing as much as I could, I was hoping to win today, but unfortunately I didn't have it on the tires.