Hamilton wins sixth title in Austin
Valtteri Bottas recorded pole and went on to win the U.S. Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen: the second place granted Hamilton his sixth World Championship.
Bottas’ win was never in doubt: Hamilton qualified only in fifth and tried to overturn the tables using an unusual one-stop strategy, that failed just a few laps from the end. Lewis found himself in the lead after Bottas made his second pit stop, but ultimately he couldn’t fend off the Finn who passed him five laps from the end.
Verstappen was third, close to the Mercedes cars, but never in the position to be a serious threat, and fourth a distant Charles Leclerc in a troublesome day for Ferrari which saw Sebastian Vettel retire.
Numbers from the F.1 race
150 - 150th career podium for Lewis Hamilton, now five shy of the all-time record of Michael Schumacher.
111 – The last 111 poles were recorded only by Mercedes (86), Ferrari (20) and Red Bull (5). The string started in Silverstone, back in 2014.
110-200 – Valtteri Bottas recorded the 110th pole position for Mercedes on Saturday and their 200th front row start.
100 - 100th front row start for Sebastian Vettel, third rider to reach this goal after Lewis Hamilton (144) and Michael Schumacher (116).
29 – Max Verstappen recorded his 29th career podium, equalling his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the 34th all-time spot.
11 – Lewis Hamilton is the first F.1 driver with two World Championships distanced by 11 years (2008-2019). He beats the record of Michael Schumacher (10: 1994-2004).
8 – Hamilton is the first driver with eight podiums in the U.S. GP: he leaves Michael Schumacher at 7.
8 – Eight straight races without pole for Hamilton, his worst drought since Monza-Interlagos in 2013, the last eight races with normally aspirated engines.
7 – Mercedes was back on pole after a drought of seven races, their worst string without poles of the Turbo/Hybrid era started in 2014.
7 - 7th career win for Valtteri Bottas, he equals René Arnoux, Juan Pablo Montoya, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at the 37th all-time spot.
6 - 6th world Championship for Lewis Hamilton, only Michael Schumacher recorded more with seven.
6x4 – Austin is the fourth track in which Mercedes records six poles in six races of the Turbo/Hybrid era after Barcelona, Melbourne, Silverstone.
6 – Bottas put an end to Ferrari’s longest in-season string of poles, six, scored also in 1961 and 1974.
5 – Hamilton is the second driver which records five World Championships for one constructor (Mercedes) after Michael Schumacher (Ferrari).
4 – Austin is the fourth track in which Mercedes records four doubles after Monza, Sochi and Barcelona.
4 – With four wins this is Bottas’ best season: he had scored 3 in 2017, while he didn’t win at all last year.
3 – Max Verstappen, third on the grid, took back a Honda-powered car in the top-3 grid spots in american soil for the first time since Ayrton Senna was on pole in 1988 at Detroit.
1-2 – Valtteri Bottas filled a void: he was the only Mercedes driver of the Turbo/Hybrid era without a top-2 finish or a front row start in Austin. He settled the matter in style with pole position and win.