AUSTIN – Lucky Lewis cried over the radio as he thanked his team and family “for everything” following his victory in Texas at the United States Grand Prix. To clinch his third world title, Hamilton had to take advantage of an unforced error by teammate Nico Roseberg. Carrie Dunn from Eurosport from the paddock reports, “Nico Rosberg has had a really poor season by his standards, and conceded the lead to Lewis Hamilton twice at a key point during the race – first when he was forced out wide on Turn 1, and then on Lap 48 when he simply seemed to forget how to drive, allowing his team-mate the time and space to go past. With the seething rivalry plus last season’s nonsensical accusatory shenanigans, it’s no wonder that most of the time the pair seem to barely be speaking to each other at all.”
— Racing Humour (@racinghumour) October 25, 2015
Away from Hamilton’s achievements, Sebastian Vettel’s third place was not enough to extend the title fight to Mexico, but it was enough to keep him just ahead of Rosberg in the drivers’ standings and to help Ferrari secure second place in the constructors’ championship – the Scuderia’s best result since 2012, when they were also second.
Further back, Max Verstappen equalled his career-best result with fourth place for Toro Rosso. The Dutchman’s team mate Carlos Sainz finished seventh in the sister STR10, meaning the Italian team leave Texas with 18 points – their biggest haul of the season so far.
More updates from the Austin paddock coming soon.