On Sunday at the new Circuit of the Americas course in Austin, Texas Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix. It was the first trip for Formula 1 to United States soil since 2007 when Hamilton also won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hamilton made the pass on championship leader Sebastian Vettel on lap 42 of 56 in Turn 12 and then was able to keep Vettel behind him for the remaining 14 laps to score the victory by 0.6 seconds.
"I knew that lap was going to be the lap that I was going to try, so I turned the engine up and went for it," Hamilton said. "This is one of the best, if not the best Grand Prix, we've had all year."
The win was the fourth of the 2012 season for Hamilton who is fourth in the point standings, 83 points behind Vettel. It is the 21st career Formula 1 win for the 2008 series champion.
Vettel, who is now only one race away from scoring his third consecutive World Championship, was satisfied with the second place finish even after leading the first 41 laps.
"Bit of a shame to lose first place but I think we did everything we could," Vettel said. "We've been very quick in Brazil the last few years so plenty to look forward to. He had one chance and took it. There wasn't much between us. I tried to defend … but I knew that he would have so much more speed that he would get by either side so it didn't really matter what I was doing."
Red Bull's Vettel holds a 13 point advantage over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished third after starting in seventh. The two will race for the championship next Sunday at Autodromo Carlos Pace in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Alonso was 39 seconds behind the battle between Hamilton and Vettel when the checkered flag flew in Austin.
Felipe Massa drove from 11th to finish fourth in his Ferrari and Jenson Button moved from 12th to take home fifth. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth and is still third in the point standings, 67 back of Vettel. Seventh went to his teammate at Lotus, Romain Grosjean. Eighth was Nico Hulkenberg followed by the Williams duo of Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna to round out the top ten.
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