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Formula One: Hamilton edges Rosberg to win US Grand Prix

Hamilton, in fact, equalled the record set by seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher with his fifth US Grand Prix win. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Austin, TX, United States Oct 23, 2016, 09.23 PM (IST)

World champion Lewis Hamilton produced a flawless drive from his 58th pole position to finish ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg at the US Grand Prix on Sunday.

The defending champion kept alive his bid for a fourth world title on Sunday when he claimed his first victory in six races. This is the 50th career triumph for the three-time world champion. 

Hamilton, in fact, equalled the record set by seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher with his fifth US Grand Prix win. 

"This has always been a good hunting ground for me. I love being in the USA. I'm proud of the team's effort this weekend," said the Briton.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull. Hamilton’s win trimmed Rosberg’s lead from 33 points to 26 with three races remaining, but he knows that even if he wins them all Rosberg can take his crown by finishing second in each one.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel came home fourth for Ferrari after team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had been forced into a bizarre retirement when he left the pits with a loose rear wheel.

Ricciardo’s feisty Red Bull team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen also retired after a mechanical failure, leaving the way open for two-time champion Fernando Alonso to seize fifth for McLaren-Honda after a late attack on compatriot Carlos Sainz.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
 

 

 

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