The race is over.
First place: Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton could not have asked for a more exhilarating track to wrap up his record-equalling sixth title. The Circuit of the Americas is surrounded by some extraordinary scenery, including the 133-foot hill at Turn 1. More importantly, it is also set to be home to a piece of Formula 1 history, so long as Hamilton outshines Valtteri Bottas once again.
The US Grand Prix is so often compared to the races at Silverstone and Hockenheim, its 20-turn, counter clockwise route bearing some clear resemblances to the British and German tracks. Hamilton will be hoping he enjoys better fortune than he did in the latter of those races, where he came ninth in July. Hamilton has won more US Grands Prix than any other driver in history. Put that together with the incentive of wrapping up the title, and it’s clear why he’s the favourite by quite some distance.
Hamilton to win
Ferrari’s tyre selections did well in Mexico and Vettel is finally looking closer to the driver he was last season. Of course, it’s come too late in the season to be of any use, but he will be looking to finish the Championship strongly.
Vettel to win
Having tailed off from first to fourth in Mexico, Leclerc will be looking to get back on track. Ferrari’s car has been so hit and miss that it can be difficult to predict their fortunes, however, and backing Leclerc comes with caution – he hasn’t made the podium in his last two races.
Leclerc to win
Head to Head
Hamilton is the only active driver to have won the US Grand Prix more than once.
Only two teams have secured 1-2 finishes this season – Mercedes have eight and Ferrari one.
Hamilton is already 64 points clear of Bottas.
Hamilton to win
It’s not just about the title for Hamilton as there are also a number of other incentives to back him. The Silver Arrows star can still equal the record held by Schumacher and Vettel for most wins in a single season (13) but he’ll have to win each of his remaining races. He’s also aiming for the most Championship points in a season. Add that to his record in America, and it’s hard to see past him on this occasion.
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