Formula 1

F1: Hamilton wins sixth world championship, Bottas victorious in Austin

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Lewis Hamilton has won his sixth Formula 1 world championship after his team-mate Valtteri Bottas beat him to victory in the United States Grand Prix.

Bottas led away from pole position and controlled the early stages, while Hamilton was up to third from fifth by the end of the first lap with both Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc struggling to get their medium tyres up to temperature.

Vettel’s day got even worse seven laps later when his suspension failed, causing him to retire from the race.

The top three of Bottas, Verstappen and Hamilton cleared away from the remaining Ferrari of Leclerc and while Bottas looked in control, Hamilton threw a spanner in the works by opting for a one-stop strategy, contradicting Bottas’ and Verstappen’s two-stop plan.

Bottas returned from his final stop behind Hamilton but he closed him down and attempted a move on Hamilton at the end of the back straight on lap 51 of 56 but was forced off the circuit by Hamilton.

He had another go a lap later, and made the move stick, going on to beat his team-mate by 4.1s, but it was not enough to stop Hamilton winning his sixth world title.

Vertappen ended up third, while Charles Leclerc was a distant fourth in a disappointing day for the Monegasque driver.

Alex Albon had to put in yet another recovery drive after contact with Carlos Sainz on lap one forced him to pit on the opening lap. He climbed back from last to take fifth place, heading off the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo.

Lando Norris had a race long battle with Ricciardo but came out second best, finishing seventh, ahead of his team-mate Sainz, while Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

Sergio Perez was 11th, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Lance Stroll, while Antonio Giovinazzi, Romain Grosjean and George Russell finished 14th, 15th and 16th respectively.

Robert Kubica retired on lap 33, while the Haas of Kevin Magnussen ended up in the gravel at the end of the back straight on lap 54 with a brake failure.

The only other retirement was the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly, who pulled out of the race on the final lap.

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