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Mercedes & Ferrari: Racing to the finish.

Cameras capture 'bizarre' image during closing stages of US Grand Prix

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The United States Grand Prix produced another enticing contest between title rivals Mercedes and Ferrari, but it was the former who reigned supreme at the end of 56 laps in Austin on Sunday.

Beginning the race on pole, Hamilton initially lost the lead to title challenger Sebastian Vettel, although he managed to reclaim the place in the next five laps, performing a brilliant passing manoeuvre over the German, overtaking him on the inside in Turn 12 on lap six.

A dominant performance thereafter, the Brit controlled the pace and registered his ninth win of the campaign, with Vettel only securing second on the podium.

Meanwhile, the late surge of Max Verstappen to guarantee his spot on the podium, who charged his way up the order after starting at 16th on the grid, saw him passing Kimi Raikkonen on Turn 17 on the final lap.

The Dutchman was then adjudged by stewards to a five-second penalty as he had all four wheels off the track while overtaking the Finnish star.

However, a bizarre image came to the limelight during the race as video cameras captured a silhouette image of what appears to be a giant bird flying over the circuit in Texas.

It was on lap 48 when on Turn 1, when the shadow figure was distinctly visible which looked enormous compared to the Formula One car itself.

Although, nobody could notify what species of bird it was due to the brisk series of images, while the main focus of attention was the race at that moment of time.

You can watch the footage below and try to figure out yourself what bird it actually was, if it was even a bird at all.

As well as the video footage, people also commented on the bizarre footage too.

Hamilton won for the fourth time in succession at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, confirming Mercedes as the Constructors’ Champions for four years in a row.

The 32-year-old, himself, is on the verge of regaining lost glory in terms of the world title, having lost to Nico Rosberg last season after back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.

The next race in Mexico could see Hamilton winning his fourth title, making it a fourth championship double for Mercedes.

F1 Grand Prix of USA

Hamilton currently leads Vettel by 66 points with 331 points, while the German has 265.

The Mercedes ace must be aiming to end on a high in the remaining three race of the calendar year.

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Fernando Alonso
Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Max Verstappen
Formula 1
Mercedes
Felipe Massa

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