Lewis Hamilton cruises to victory in United States Grand Prix to cut F1 championship points deficit to Nico Rosberg

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Hamilton’s first win since the German Grand Prix in July puts him 26 points behind his Mercedes teammate with 75 available in the remaining three races.

Rosberg finished second after recovering a position lost to Red Bull ‘s Daniel Ricciardo at the start, and remains heavily tipped to win the championship.

The German was able to a “free stop” under a Virtual Safety Car deployed when Max Verstappen ‘s Red Bull broke down and the Dutchman, on orders from his team, opted to park alongside a wall.

This allowed Rosberg to retain second place, forcing a frustrated Ricciardo to settle for third ahead of Ferrari ‘s Sebastian Vettel.

Toro Rosso ‘s Carlos Sainz , meanwhile, claimed a career-best sixth despite being overtaken on the final lap by McLaren ‘s

Fernando Alonso , who faces a stewards’ investigation for banging wheels with Felipe Massa. 

United States GP result:

1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:38:12.618

2. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, + 4.520

3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, + 19.692

4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, + 43.134

5. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 93.953

6. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, + 96.124

7. Felipe Massa, Williams, + 1 lap

8. Sergio Perez, Force India, + 1 lap

9. Jenson Button, McLaren, + 1 lap

10. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1 lap

11. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, + 1 lap

12. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, + 1 lap

13. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, + 1 lap

14. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, + 1 lap

15. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, + 1 lap

16. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, + 1 lap

17. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, + 1 lap

18. Esteban Ocon, Manor, + 2 laps

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