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Lewis Hamilton left surprised by Sebastian Vettel during Austin GP

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Lewis Hamilton took yet another step closer to winning his fourth Drivers' Championship at the weekend thanks to his win in America at the Austin Grand Prix.

The Brit went into the race knowing he could clinch the title if results went his way, but after Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel finished qualifying in second place, he knew that was unlikely.

In fact, the race ended how it started with regards to the top two. Hamilton won the race, securing his ninth win of the season, and Vettel finished second, a respectable result, but one that he will know isn't enough in the wide scheme of things.

Hamilton will now head to the next Grand Prix in Mexico knowing that he only needs 11 points to secure his fourth title, which will complete the double for Mercedes yet again as they secured the Constructors' Championship in Austin.

It was an interesting race on Sunday, with most of the talking points coming from Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen's late drama, which saw the latter handed a five-second penalty for gaining an advantage whilst off the track.

It was deemed that the Dutchman overtook Raikkonen whilst all four wheels were off the track, which saw the Red Bull driver lose his third place finish and podium spot.

A decision that left Red Bull, Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, and Mark Webber seemingly fuming, but a decision that will not be overturned.

Elsewhere, Hamilton did his best to lose the lead, as he allowed Vettel to overtake him early doors, but a few laps later and he rectified his early mistake by gaining back P1.

However, after the race, the Brit admitted that something surprised him about Vettel, and that was his tactics throughout the race.

Hamilton said after the race, as per the Express: "One of the most fun races I’ve had for a while.

"Did get a great start but I was kind of chilled about it from the past knowing you can overtake it. It was very reminiscent of 2012 here.

"I had a lot of fun trying to get closer and it obviously came down to the overtake in Turn 12, which was the same in 2012.

"That’s what I look for. I was a bit surprised Sebastian didn’t defend more."

So we leave Austin with Hamilton on the brink of becoming a four-time World Champion, and also leave with him having the last word in his rivalry with Vettel.

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Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Formula 1
Mercedes

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