Hamilton wins as Alonso keeps title alive

  • Monday 19th November, 2012 6:45am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Hamilton 344x224 Hamilton wins as Alonso keeps title alive

Lewis Hamilton took back-to-back US GP wins five years apart

The battle for the 2012 World Drivers’ Championship will go down to the final round in Brazil after Lewis Hamillton led home title contenders Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in Texas.

Having dominated the pre-race sessions, Vettel led for much of the race but was powerless to defend the advances of Hamilton’s McLaren with just 15 of the 57 laps remaining.

Just 0.6s separated the duo at the chequered flag after Vettel set the fastest lap of the race on the final circuit.

Alonso managed to fight his way through from seventh on the grid to take third place, albeit almost 40s adrift of the winner. The Spaniard now faces a 13 point deficit to Vettel heading to Brazil.

The United States Grand Prix results ensure that Red Bull Racing has won the Constructors’ Championship for the third consecutive year.

Ferrari boosted Alonso’s chances of recovering from his poor qualifying performance by breaking the gearbox seal on team-mate Felipe Massa’s car prior to the race.

The manoeuvre saw Massa handed a five-place grid penalty, moving Alonso into seventh position – allowing the two-time champion to start on the ‘clean’ side of the grid and leap from seventh to fourth by the first corner.

The Ferrari driver then inherited third on Lap 17 when Mark Webber retired his Red Bull with an alternator failure.

Massa fought through from 11th to finish a fine fourth ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

Button dropped to 16th on the opening lap following a shocking start, but recovered the lost ground by completing a long first stint on an alternate tyre strategy.

Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna rounded out the points finishers.

It was another dismal performance from Mercedes, with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher sliding to 13th and 16th respectively.

Result: Formula 1, United States Grand Prix

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 Winner 2
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +0.6 secs 1
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +39.2 secs 7
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +46.0 secs 11
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +56.4 secs 12
6 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +64.4 secs 4
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 56 +70.3 secs 8
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +73.7 secs 6
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 56 +74.5 secs 9
10 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +75.1 secs 10
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +84.3 secs 15
12 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +84.8 secs 18
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +85.5 secs 17
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 16
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 13
16 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 5
17 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 21
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 22
19 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 19
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 20
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 24
Ret Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 16 +40 Laps 3
Ret Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 14 +42 Laps 14

Drivers’ Championship standings after Race 19 of 20

Pos

Driver

Points

1 Sebastian Vettel 273
2 Fernando Alonso 260
3 Kimi Räikkönen 206
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Mark Webber 167
6 Jenson Button 163
7 Felipe Massa 107
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
11 Kamui Kobayashi 58
12 Nico Hulkenberg 53
13 Paul di Resta 46
14 Pastor Maldonado 45
15 Michael Schumacher 43
16 Bruno Senna 31
17 Jean-Eric Vergne 12
18 Daniel Ricciardo 10
19 Timo Glock 0
20 Heikki Kovalainen 0
21 Vitaly Petrov 0
22 Jerome D’Ambrosio 0
23 Charles Pic 0
24 Narain Karthikeyan 0
25 Pedro de la Rosa 0

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