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LH44: Title Takedown Set For Austin

Oct 282019

Patience is a virtue. Lewis Hamilton will have to wait until the upcoming United States Grand Prix to be crowned Formula One World Champion for a sixth time, despite his victory in the Mexico GP last weekend.

Lewis defied the odds to execute a one-stop strategy to perfection as he crossed the line ahead of Sebastian Vettel to take his 10th win of the season for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team.

However, his Silver Arrows teammate, Valtteri Bottas - the only man who can stop Lewis from winning the title - was third to ensure the title race rolls over to Austin. And the 34-year-old has reason to feel optimistic heading to the United States for he has won five of the seven times the race has been held at the Circuit of the Americas.

Lewis said: "America is obviously an exciting market for me. The most important one for me is England. I'm constantly trying to grow with the fan base we have in the UK and I think the Silverstone Grand Prix is obviously spectacular, but the US is getting more and more popular there.

"I've done quite a few shows out there and definitely becoming more and more known in the States but it's quite a diverse country. I think my story and my family's story is something that a lot of people in different countries can relate to. America's always a cool place to live. They do it their own way, it's different.

"The track is fantastic and it's been a good hunting ground for me so very excited to go there and who knows whether we can get the job done, who knows? We'll hopefully have a good race there.”

It was the team's 100th victory in F1 and Lewis's 100th appearance on the podium with the team.

He added: "Not having 'Bono' for the first time in seven years and the challenge of having two new engineers step up into different roles and trying to keep the balance of pressure and make sure we deliver and ultimately make Bono proud was not easy. But we just kept our heads down and tried to work on trying to get the most out of our car."

 

Meanwhile, Valtteri who recovered from a heavy smash in qualifying to go from sixth on the grid to a third-place finish in Mexico, said: "It was a good day, especially considering the circumstances carrying from yesterday. It was a big contrast, in a good way.

 

"The car felt good, as good as before the crash and, obviously, the team did a really good job getting back together, so I want to thanks the boys again. From my side there were no problems, apart from a small headache in the morning, but I wasn't sure if it was from the tequila or the crash!”

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