Hamilton wins as Alonso keeps title alive

  • Monday 19th November, 2012 6:45am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Lewis Hamilton took back-to-back US GP wins five years apart

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







1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes56Winner2
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault56+0.6 secs1
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari56+39.2 secs7
4Felipe MassaFerrari56+46.0 secs11
5Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes56+56.4 secs12
6Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault56+64.4 secs4
7Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault56+70.3 secs8
8Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes56+73.7 secs6
9Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault56+74.5 secs9
10Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault56+75.1 secs10
11Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari56+84.3 secs15
12Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari56+84.8 secs18
13Nico RosbergMercedes56+85.5 secs17
14Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari55+1 Lap16
15Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes55+1 Lap13
16Michael SchumacherMercedes55+1 Lap5
17Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault55+1 Lap21
18Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault55+1 Lap22
19Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth55+1 Lap19
20Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth54+2 Laps20
21Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth54+2 Laps23
22Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth54+2 Laps24
RetMark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault16+40 Laps3
RetJean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari14+42 Laps14

Drivers’ Championship standings after Race 19 of 20




1Sebastian Vettel273
2Fernando Alonso260
3Kimi Räikkönen206
4Lewis Hamilton190
5Mark Webber167
6Jenson Button163
7Felipe Massa107
8Romain Grosjean96
9Nico Rosberg93
10Sergio Perez66
11Kamui Kobayashi58
12Nico Hulkenberg53
13Paul di Resta46
14Pastor Maldonado45
15Michael Schumacher43
16Bruno Senna31
17Jean-Eric Vergne12
18Daniel Ricciardo10
19Timo Glock0
20Heikki Kovalainen0
21Vitaly Petrov0
22Jerome D’Ambrosio0
23Charles Pic0
24Narain Karthikeyan0
25Pedro de la Rosa0

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