Lewis Hamilton vows to ‘come back stronger’ in Mexico as he pursues fifth Formula 1 World Championship title
- Lewis Hamilton was made to wait for his F1 World Championship coronation
- The Brit had an opportunity to win the title at the United States Grand Prix
- He could only finish third, and now needs to come at least seventh in Mexico
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Lewis Hamilton didn’t quite manage to join Juan Manuel Fangio as a five-time Formula 1 world champion at the United States Grand Prix over the weekend.
However, he still has plenty of opportunities left in the season to seal the title and has vowed to ‘come back stronger’ in Mexico.
The nail-biting US Grand Prix was a chance for Hamilton to win the title, but the race was eventually won by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikonnen, while Hamilton came third with his main rival Sebastian Vettel just behind in fourth.
Lewis Hamilton (R) reflects on a missed opportunity as Kimi Raikkonen celebrates victory
Raikkonen’s win in front of Verstappen means Hamilton’s coronation as champion is delayed
Raikkonen takes the checkered flag in front of Max Verstappen for his first win in 113 races
Mercedes made a rare error in their strategy for the race, leaving Hamilton too much to do with too little time to do it towards the end of the Grand Prix.
‘There are a lot of things that we could have done better and there are certain things that weren’t optimum for us which made it look even worse than it was,’ Hamilton told Sky Sports.
‘Ferrari gained a bit of pace and we seemed to lose a little bit of pace here. But we’ll go back to the drawing board and that’s why we’re the best because as a team because in there no one is to blame, we all take the blame together.
‘I know the guys will do great analysis from today over the next couple of days and we’ll come back stronger the next race.’
Hamilton is 70 points ahead in the title race, with only 75 more points on offer through the rest of the season. Vettel is still in the hunt, but it will take something major to deny the Brit the title.
In Mexico, Hamilton just needs to come in seventh place to secure his fifth world championship.
‘I thought we could do better, but we have to keep pushing at the next race,’ said Hamilton on Sunday. ‘I had way, way too far to go to get to the front. I don’t know what happened with the strategy.’
US GRAND PRIX RESULTS AND TITLE STANDINGS
1 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1hr 34mins 18.643secs
2 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:34:19.924
3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:34:20.985
4 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:34:36.865
5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:34:43.387
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:35:45.853
7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:35:53.637
8 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:35:59.723
9 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Toro Rosso at 1 Lap
10 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber at 1 Lap
11 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren at 1 Lap
12 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Toro Rosso at 1 Lap
13 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams at 1 Lap
14 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams at 2 Laps
15 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber 31 Laps completed, 16 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 8 Laps completed, 17 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 2 Laps completed, 18 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1 Lap completed, DSQ Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India, DSQ Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas
Lewis Hamilton 1min 37.392secs on Lap 40
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 346pts
2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 276
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 221
4 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 217
5 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 191
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 146
7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 61
8 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 57
9 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 53
10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 50
11 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 49
12 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 45
13 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 31
14 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Toro Rosso 28
15 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber 21
16 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 8
17 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 7
18 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 6
19 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Toro Rosso 4
20 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1
Constructors’: 1 Mercedes 563pts, 2 Ferrari 497, 3 Red Bull 337, 4 Renault 106, 5 Haas 84, 6 McLaren 58, 7 Force India 47, 8 Toro Rosso 32, 9 Sauber 28, 10 Williams 7
Despite starting second on the grid, Kimi Raikkonen made a stunning start to the Grand Prix
Heading uphill into turn one, Raikkonen sneaks ahead of Hamilton as they head into the corner
Raikkonen maintained his advantage following the first corner to take control of the Grand Prix
Vettel's race and title hopes were almost over before the end of Lap 1 ? #USGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/o13JaOxub8
Vettel smokes his tyres which saw him drop down to 15th and leave his title hopes dangling
After staunch defending from Verstappen, Hamilton looked like he had got the job done
But the Brit ran wide off the circuit, allowing the Red Bull driver to get away and cement 2nd
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