Hamilton reaches 50 wins with victory in the US
Victory at the US Grand Prix – held over the weekend in Austin, Texas – has propelled Lewis Hamilton into the illustrious company of Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher, as the only three drivers to have notched up 50 race wins in Formula 1.
Germany’s Schumacher (91 race victories) and Prost (51 race victories) won nine world titles between them; Hamilton has three – and the possibility of a fourth is once again very much alive following the closure of the point gap on Rosberg. The difference between the two drivers now stands at 26 points; with 75 points still available from the remaining three races.
In the race at the US circuit, Rosberg finished second, while the Australian Daniel Ricciardo came in third place.
Hamilton’s victory brings a halt to the head of steam Rosberg was building, with four victories in his previous five Grand Prix. Despite the Englishman’s triumph, the odds are still very much against him, with Rosberg able to clinch the title by finishing second to Hamilton in the final three races of the calendar, in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
To stay in contention, all Hamilton can do is win races, and he did that with style in front of 70,000 noisy petrol heads at the Texas circuit.
His excellent pole position in qualifying was matched by a dominant drive in the race, when his lead was only relinquished briefly following a pit stop. His victory was the fifth time he has triumphed in the States, an accomplishment he share only with former German world champion Michael Schumacher.
“All I can do is do my best,” said Hamilton. “Nico has been driving fantastically well all season but I will keep going.”