US Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton's title hopes boosted by Vettel's grid drop

Reuters Austin, TX, USA Oct 20, 2018, 03.30 PM(IST)

Lewis Hamilton's hopes of clinching his fifth Formula One world championship at the US Grand Prix were boosted on Friday when Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel was handed a three-place grid penalty for a practice infringement. Hamilton had already dominated both rainswept practice sessions for Mercedes when the German's penalty was confirmed by race stewards. Vettel, whose season has been punctuated by mistakes, added another error to the list when he was found to have gone too fast when red warning flags were waved during the morning running.