Hamilton wins U.S. GP, upsets Vettel

2012-11-19 00:00

AUSTIN — Lewis Hamilton upset Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of clinching the drivers world championship in his 100th race yesterday when he produced a dazzling drive for McLaren to win a thrilling U.S. Grand Prix.

For Vettel, finishing second from pole was a personal disappointment, but not enough to prevent his Red Bull team from winning the constructors’ title for the third successive season.

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third after starting seventh on the grid — thanks to his team’s pragmatic decision to break the gearbox seal on team-mate Felipe Massa’s car.

That podium finish ensured that the title battle will go down to the wire at next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

Vettel goes to Interlagos with a lead of 13 points. Vettel has 273 points and Alonso 260.

Hamilton, who started second on the grid, made the most of his superior outright speed to pass Vettel on lap 42 of the 56-lap race and claim the 21st victory of his career.

The 27-year-old Briton was intent on delivering another win for the team before his departure and did so with elan as he seized his fourth win this year. Massa finished a superb fourth ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

Kimi Raikkonen came home sixth ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Pastor Maldonado and his Williams team-mate Bruno Senna. 

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