The fight for this year’s Formula One world title between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will go down to the wire in Brazil next Sunday.
Vettel was forced to settle for second in last night’s United States Grand Prix, a race that was a stunning advert for F1 in America, behind Lewis Hamilton, who conjured the 21st win of his career.
Crucially, with Fernando Alonso third, it means there is now a 13-point gap between the Spaniard and Vettel heading to the Brazilian GP at Interlagos next week.
The trio were followed by Massa and Jenson Button, fifth in his McLaren after starting from 12th, followed by the Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.
Vettel’s second place finish was enough to secure the constructors’ championship for Red Bull but he knows he still has one more job to do before he can claim to be a three-time drivers’ champion. “I’m very happy for the team, in particular, for winning the constructors’ championship.
“It is looking a bit better for us and we now go to Brazil, we’ve one more race.
“Today was a close fight with Lewis who had one chance and he took it.
“After that I tried to stay with him and maybe pass him again, but he was as quick. It was a great race and a great result for us.”
Hamilton, who along with Vettel and Alonso took to the podium wearing cowboy hats, was naturally ecstatic with his victory.
“I’m so happy, the fans have been amazing,” said Hamilton.
“It’s been one of the best, if not the best, grands prix we’ve had all year. For me and my team, this is so special.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a win and I’m so proud of what they have done.”
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