The F1 US GP had all Mercedes show with Valtteri Bottas winning while Lewis Hamilton securing his sixth world championship.
Bottas only had four points to play with in F1 US GP at Circuit of the Americas with Hamilton all set to claim his sixth world championship. The British did not have a good Saturday as he managed only fifth with Bottas claiming pole.
The strategy game was on in the grand prix but Bottas eventually prevailed to take the win. His efforts though went in vain as a second place finish for Hamilton was enough to win him the title as Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen completed the podium.
It was a dismal run for Ferrari with Charles Leclerc only fourth as Red Bull’s Alexander Albon climbed back to fifth ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who fended off McLaren’s Lando Norris towards the end of the grand prix.
The other McLaren of Carlos Sainz was eighth with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg in ninth from Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, who got 10th place after penalty to Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat after the race. Here’s how the F1 US GP panned from stats point of view:
- Bottas scored his seventh F1 career win, first in USA and fourth of the season.
- The US GP win helped Bottas secure second place in the drivers’ championship which his best F1 career position.
- Hamilton’s second place finish earned him his sixth F1 title as he became only the second driver after Michael Schumacher to achieve the feat.
- Mercedes registered its 101st F1 win, sixth in USA (including a non-championship victory) and 14th of the season.
- Mercedes had its ninth 1-2 finish of the 2019 F1 season.
- Hamilton scored his 150th F1 podium, Bottas his 45th and Verstappen 29th.
- Bottas took his 11th career F1 pole, fifth in 2019.
- Leclerc registered his career fourth fastest lap.
- Perez started US GP from the pit lane due to weighbridge penalty and finished 10th, gaining the most places in the race.
- For the second race in a row, there was a change in the results after the grand prix due to penalty to Daniil Kvyat. The Russian was 10th initially but dropped to 12th, promoting Perez to 10th and Kimi Raikkonen to 11th.
- Hamilton continued his consecutive points finish streak with 31 races now since the 2018 British GP. He has to score in two more to equal his own record and three to better.
- Hamilton has 16 podium finishes in 2019 F1 season, one more will help him equal his record which he shares with Vettel and Schumacher but two more will create a new record.
- Hamilton secured the title with two races to go, the last time the championship was decided in the final round was in 2016 when Nico Rosberg took it from him.
- Norris set the fastest time of everyone in Q1, it is the first time a driver outside of the Top 3 teams has topped a qualifying session in 2019.
- Vettel and Robert Kubica were the only retirements from US GP.
- Sainz took part in his 100th F1 grand prix, while Kevin Magnussen had his 100th start.
- Kvyat was given one penalty point for causing a collision. He has five in all.
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The stats were compiled by Jack Elleker and Darshan Chokhani
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