Lewis Hamilton takes his sixth F1 world title at the 2019 United States Grand Prix, finishing second behind team mate Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton may have only made it to fifth place on the grid in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, but he almost pulled off a win and, although beaten to the win by team mate Bottas at the end, his second place gave him his sixth world title making him the most successful British F1 driver of all time and second only to Michael Schumacher.
Whatever your opinion of Hamilton out of the car, he is, without doubt, the greatest F1 driver the UK has ever produced, not just because of his undoubted talent, but his seemingly endless reserves of ‘will to win’; in a race he could have coasted to fifth or sixth and still taken the title he fought like a terrier for the win – and nearly pulled it off.
At the start he kept out of trouble – and away from ‘torpedo’ Verstappen – but flew past Leclerc and then took Vettel in the S-Bends as the German struggled with failing suspension.
He also took a maverick strategy with just one stop planned – with the rest of the runners on a two-stop – and nursed his first set of tyres beyond the aims of his pit crew.
But, ultimately, his poor tyres cost him the win as Bottas took over the lead, despite Hamilton’s spirited defence, just four laps from the end to take the win.
Behind the Mercedes duo it was Verstappen in third, Leclerc in fourth, Albon in fifth,. Ricciardo in sixth, the McLarens of Norris and Sainz in seventh and eighth, Hulkenberg in ninth and Perez in the Racing point in the final points place.
But the show was Mercedes’, with another one-two, a win for Bottas and all the glory for Hamilton.