|Lewis Hamilton leapt for joy after winning his 43rd Grand Prix and securing his third F1 world title
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Hamilton has been imperious in 2015
Lewis Hamilton clinched the world championship in style after a late error by his team mate opened the door for him to win a scintillating United States Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg was seemingly on his way to victory when he ran wide, letting Hamilton by. Sebastian Vettel finished on Rosberg’s tail in third place, meaning neither of Hamilton’s title rivals had done enough to keep the contest open until the next race.
Hamilton and Rosberg faced off at the start as Hamilton pounced on a slow start by his team mate to take the lead. He forced the number six Mercedes onto the run-off, dropping Rosberg to fifth behind the Red Bulls and Sergio Perez.
A chaotic race followed, including multiple Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car deployments. Daniel Ricciardo briefly took the lead at one stage but limped home tenth after an assault by Nico Hulkenberg left him with a wounded car.
Vettel climbed from 13th on the grid to take the final podium place, passing Max Verstappen at the final restart. The Toro Rosso driver came home fourth, equalling his best result of the season.
With just a dozen cars left running at the end, Jenson Button earned sixth place after being promoted by a five-second penalty for Carlos Sainz Jnr. Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Nasr also picked up points.
Alexander Rossi was classified 12th in his first home race behind Fernando Alonso’s ailing McLaren.
Very little has stopped Hamilton in 2015
By winning the US Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton joined an elite group of drivers to take his third world championship after a dramatic racing weekend.
It was a weekend that no-one will forget in a hurry, all eyes going into the weekend were on Hamilton as he inched ever closer to another F1 title, but attention was quickly focused instead on the weather.
A combination of rain brought in by nearby Hurricane Patricia, and rain from the Gulf of Mexico hampered efforts for teams to get to grips with the tricky circuit.
There was limited running in the first practice session, the second was abandoned all together, and the third only saw a dozen or so laps per driver.
Qualifying was postponed until the Sunday as the torrential weather effectively flooded the circuit and even 24 hours after it had been originally billed, rain still played havoc.
Qalifying was cancelled after the end of Q2 meaning that the times from that session formed the grid and it place Nico Rosberg ahead of his Mercedes team mate Hamilton who had to finish ahead of the German to take the title in Texas.
The sun came out for the start of the race and it served up a stellar race which had plenty of overtaking, crashes, pit stops, incidents and wheel to wheel racing.
In the end it was Hamilton who once again emerged triumphant and as he took his third victory at the Texan circuit, he also claimed his third drivers world championship.
Hamilton who won the title for Mercedes in 2014 too as well as in 2008 for McLaren is the first British driver to ever take back-to-back championships and now sits level with Sir Jackie Stewart as the only British drivers to have three championships.
Hamilton also now sits along his childhood idol of Aryton Senna as well as the likes of Niki Lauda, Jack Brabham and Nelson Piquet.
Another title would take the Briton into third in the all time championship winners list with Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel currently sitting on four each, the Argentine, Juan Manuel Fangio has five whilst Michael Schumacher sits comfortably on seven,
Hamilton also took his 43rd Grand Prix victory which moves him one clear of Vettel and now sits alone in third in the all time race winners standings, Prost has 51 and Schumacher as 91.
Heavy rain is set to continue into the race Source- BBC
Nico Rosberg took his third pole position in a row as torrential rain cut short qualifying.
The German managed to finish ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton with the Red Bull’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.
A very wet circuit greeted the teams as qualifying finally got under way almost 24 hours after it was last attempted.
The conditions were tough for all with spins and mistakes for many drivers especially with high levels of standing water.
Carlos Sainz brought out a red flag as he crashed his Toro Rosso which brought to an end his qualifying efforts.
Hamilton set the initial pace but soon after the red flag the pace improved as Rosberg and the Red Bull duo set traded times at the top.
Sebastian Vettel narrowly missed out on being knocked out of Q1 as he spun his Ferrari and tapped the wall forcing the German to sit out the rest of the session as the team checked for issues.
Vettel was safe though as Marcus Ericsson and his Sauber team mate Felipe Nasr were both knocked out along with local favourite Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens.
The rain returned for the second session and conditions gradually worsened with all drivers suffering from slips, slides and spins.
Turns nine and ten in particular were catching drivers out with Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Button, Kvyat and Bottas just some of the drivers who struggled.
Fernando Alonso just missed out on the top ten despite ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Romain Grosjean and Jenson Button.
Vettel called for red flags at the end of the session as the rain created almost undriveable conditions.
Eventually it was decided that the conditions were so bad that Q3 couldn’t go ahead so the times from Q2 decided the grid.
Ferrari qualified well inside the top ten but engine penalties pushes both back by ten places with Bottas also taking a penalty for a change of gearbox.
After the penalties Rosberg will start from pole ahead of Hamilton, Ricciardo and Kvyat.
Sergio Perez fresh from a podium in Russia will start in fifth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen.
Vettel will strt from 13th and Raikkonen from 18th.
Qualifying for the United States Grand Prix in Austin has been postponed due to torrential rain hit struck the circuit.
Hamilton and the fans waited for more than three hours
Source- BBCThe session was delayed by more than three hours as race officials waited to see if conditions improved, but as light levels began to fade and the rain showed no let up, it was decided to postpone qualifying all together.Race officials scheduled qualifying for 09:00 local time on Sunday (14:00 GMT), with the race due to start at 19:00.Austin, Texas, is being hit by heavy rain on the periphery of tropical storm Patricia, which hit Mexico on Friday.
Teams killed time by paddling up the pitlane Source- BBCFurther rain is expected to hit the area ahead and during the rescheduled qualifying session, but is expected to ease a little ahead of the race itself.Lewis Hamilton who went fastest in the final practice session which was also under wet conditions could become world champion this weekend if he outscores Sebastian Vettel by nine points or more.