Valtteri Bottas crossed the checkered flag first today at the Circuit of the Americas, but the true crown belongs to Lewis Hamilton following his sixth world title win after coming in second and four seconds behind.
Hamilton started fifth during today’s race, Bottas in first. Throughout the last few laps, the teammates traded first and second through T1 and T14.
When interviewed by FIA media, Hamilton said “It was such a tough race today. Valtteri did a great job, didn’t think the one-stop would be possible. I feel so much emotion, to my whole team here, the people back at the factory, I’ve got my family here, my aunt from Trinidad. My dad told me when I was six or seven never to give up and that’s kind of the family motto, I was hopeful I might win today but we didn’t have it in the tires unfortunately. As an athlete I feel as fresh as can be right now, and for these races remaining we won’t let up now.”
With a cold qualifying day and cold morning, the Austin, Texas weather quickly heated to a 82F/27C temperature on the tarmac. Hamilton chose to go long and only pit once towards the end of the race, allowing Bottas to pass him with three laps to go.
Max Verstappen took the third pole position, in the same position he started in and a total of five seconds slower than Bottas in the end. The final results are below: