” Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his dream of a second world title after taking his fifth victory in a row at Sunday’s US Grand Prix.
Hamilton took his tenth win of the season in style after passing title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for the lead on lap 24 with a forceful move on the inside of Turn 12. Rosberg was left with nowhere to go and he spent the remaining 36 laps of the race trailing in Hamilton’s wake.
The win gives Hamilton a 24-point lead over title rival Nico Rosberg in the championship with 75 points still to play for, as well as cementing the on-track advantage he has held over his team-mate since the pair clashed at the Belgian Grand Prix in August. Rosberg, who has converted just two of his nine pole positions into victories this year, did at least ensure the title race will go down to the wire with two rounds left to run in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Daniel Ricciardo took the final spot on the podium despite a poor start that saw the field rush past him on the uphill run to Turn 1. He managed to fight back up to fifth before Red Bull manoeuvred him past the Williamses of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa to take third. Fernando Alonso finished a distant sixth ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who charged through the field after a pit lane start. Kevin Magnussen, Jean-Eric Vergne and Pastor Maldonado took the final points on offer. ”
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