US Grand Prix: Bottas wins as Hamilton takes sixth title

Valterri Bottas scored his first win in the USA and his fourth Grand Prix victory of 2019.

Despite the fantastic drive from the Mercedes driver, it was his teammate Lewis Hamilton that stole the headlines as the British ace claimed his sixth F1 crown.

From the start, Bottas, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Hamilton gapped the chasing pack and it became clear that the trio would fight it out for the race win.

Further back, the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel suffered a suspension failure over the kerb at T9.

Photo: Mercedes AMG F1 (Twitter)

Hamilton inherited the lead as Bottas and Verstappen took their first of two pitstops, and it emerged the champion elect would only be making one stop.

The tension rose in the final laps as Bottas decimated the deficit created from making his second stop, and passed his teammate with only five laps to go.

Hamilton conceded the lead, but was able to take his sixth title with second place on the road.

Photo: Mercedes AMG F1 (Twitter)

Verstappen rounded out the podium a long way ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who had a lonely race in fourth. The second Red Bull of Alex Albon finished fifth after an incredible comeback from pitting on lap one, a handful of seconds ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo who was best of the rest.

The rest of the top ten:
7th- Norris
8th- Sainz
9th- Hülkenberg
10th- Kvyat

Hamilton takes one step closer to another record, only one championship short of Michael Schumacher’s – previously thought untouchable – seven titles.

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