Hamil­ton on verge of fourth world ti­tle after US tri­umph

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Lewis Hamil­ton (right) moved a step closer to his fourth world cham­pi­onship when he won the United States

Grand Prix, com­ing home ahead of his near­est ti­tle ri­val Se­bas­tian Vet­tel. The 32-year-old Bri­ton, who started from a record 72nd pole po­si­tion, re­cov­ered after los­ing his ad­van­tage at the start to re­gain the lead and steer his Mercedes to his ninth win this year, his fifth in Texas and the 62nd of his ca­reer. Four-time cham­pion Ger­man Vet­tel came home sec­ond for Fer­rari, and with three races re­main­ing, trails Hamil­ton by 66 points in the driv­ers’ ti­tle race. If Hamil­ton wins or fin­ishes any­where in the top five in Mex­ico City next week­end, he will be cham­pion. Hamil­ton’s vic­tory, with Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas fin­ish­ing fifth, con­firmed the team as con­struc­tors champions for 2017 and for the fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son. “What a beau­ti­ful day,” said Hamil­ton, in­ter­viewed on the podium by mul­ti­ple Olympic sprint cham­pion Usain Bolt (left). “I love this track and I think it is now my favourite.” Vet­tel said, “It was look­ing good at the start, but we had to re­alise we couldn’t go at that pace …. They were quicker than us — so con­grat­u­la­tions to Lewis.”

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