Bottas first in Texas, Hamilton takes sixth Formula One title
Lewis Hamilton is Formula One champion for the sixth time in his career! As expected, Hamilton converted his big point-advantage into the new championship title with two more races on a calendar, after finishing second in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
The race winner was his teammate Valtteri Bottas, scoring his fourth win this season and seventh in a career. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was the third man on a podium in the American race.
Bottas had to win at the COTA to keep his slim championship hopes alive and he did that perfectly, leading from start to the end. However, Hamilton finished high in the points to secure third consecutive drivers’ crown and sixth in a career, joining Michael Schumacher as one of only two drivers to win as many as six F1 championship titles.
Ferrari had a hard day of mixed feelings, with Charles Leclerc finishing fourth and Sebastian Vettel retiring early in the race with broken suspension. Alex Albon (Red Bull) finished fifth after surviving the first-lap contact with Carlos Sainz.
The other point scorers are Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Lando Norris (McLaren), Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point). Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) crossed the finish line in the tenth place but post-race 5sec penalty demoted him to 12th.
Check the results of the United States Grand Prix
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