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Lewis Hamilton secures Drivers' Championship in thrilling race

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So there we have it, after a thrilling race in Austin the battle for this season's Formula One Drivers' World Championship has officially come to an end, although it wasn't all plain sailing for the champ, Lewis Hamilton.

This race weekend threw everything at us; torrential downpours, suspension and cancellation of a number of sessions, and some feared that the race itself would have to be called off, how glad we all are that it wasn't.

The entire grid started on the intermediate tyres; conditions which seemed to play into Red Bull's hands and made for a treacherous first stint.


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After Hamilton and Nico Rosberg went into the first turn side by side, it was already shaping up to be an interesting race. However, the Brit proceeded to run his teammate off the track; something it seems Rosberg didn't forget.

For the next few laps, we had an epic battle between the Red Bulls and the Mercedes, with Hamilton leading from Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo and Rosberg.

Safety Car

Mid-way through the race the safety car was brought out after Marcus Ericsson's Sauber was parked on the side of the track with electrical problems.

Under the safety car, a number of drivers made their second pit stop, including Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo, Rosberg, Kvyat and Hamilton all stayed out on their older tyres, which proved to be a poor decision.

It's fair to say that this has been one of the best Grand Prix's of the 'hybrid era', let alone of the season, and the ending didn't disappoint. Rosberg, Hamilton and Vettel all vying for the lead, with the latter two trying to keep their Championship hopes alive.

However, neither were successful as Rosberg squandered his lead, and Vettel was unable to pass his German compatriot, gifting Hamilton his third world title and second in as many years.

Post-race talking points

As mentioned earlier, Rosberg was not best pleased with his teammate after he ran him off the track at turn one of the first lap. However, there was no need for his childish and petulant behaviour after the race.

Rosberg was the epitome of bad sportsmanship. After Hamilton tossed his second place cap to him, he proceeded to throw it straight back at his teammate, rewarding him with a look of disgust from Paddy Lowe.

On the podium, Rosberg refused to join in with any of the celebrations, handing his champagne to Lowe and standing to the side while the others celebrated.

It was an outstanding race, fitting for Hamilton's championship win, to tie him with Sir Jackie Stewart for the highest number of World Championships for a British driver. However, I would love to be a fly on the wall of the Mercedes debrief.

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