Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel became the first driver in history to win eight consecutive grands prix in a single season with a comfortable victory in the US Grand Prix in Austin.
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean scored his fourth podium in five races with second while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took a strong fourth – his best finish since the Belgium Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso battled back pain and a bad start to finish fifth while Valtteri Bottas scored the first points of his F1 career with eighth for Williams.
But who was your Driver of the Day?
Took his eighth successive victory and 12th of the season. Made a decent getaway from pole and fended off any challenge into the first corner. Managed the pack well at the restart after the safety car to keep the lead and from there controlled the race at the front. Kept a consistent pace throughout the race to look after the tyres and took the fastest lap by a large margin with a couple of laps remaining. Sealed his 38th career victory and Red Bull’s 46th.
Continued strong form with sixth podium of the season. Got away well from the clean side of the track to jump ahead of Mark Webber into second on the exit of Turn One. Couldn’t match Vettel’s pace at the front, but defended his position well from Webber throughout the race. Pitted last of the leaders to maintain track position and from there managed his race well to score his fourth podium in five races to consolidate seventh place in the drivers’ standings.
Secured his best result since the Belgium Grand Prix in August. Started fifth, but passed Nico Hulkenberg and Mark Webber at the start to run third. Struggled with tyrewear in his opening stint and eventually lost a place to Webber to drop to fourth. Showed consistent pace from there on to build a gap to those behind him, but didn’t have the pace to challenge for the podium. Finished fourth for his best result in seven races and helped Mercedes increase their lead over Ferrari in the battle for second place in the constructors’ championship.
Battled back pain to finish fifth for the second successive race. Had a bad start from sixth, dropping a place at the start for only the third time this season. Put consistent pressure on Sergio Perez before passing the Mexican for sixth. Passed Nico Hulkenberg for fifth and then resisted pressure from the German in the closing stages to hold on for his 16th points finish in 18 races.
Scored his first F1 points in his rookie season with eighth. Impressed in qualifying with his best performance in dry conditions to start ninth. Made a good start and ran comfortably in the points as the Williams showed improved pace having ditched their Coanda exhaust configuration. Showed his racecraft with a brilliant move on Esteban Gutierrez out of Turn One and in Turn Two on his way to eighth place and four world championship points.