Britain's Lewis Hamilton, driving for McLaren, won the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday in Austin, Texas, coming in ahead of Germany's Sebastian Vettel, who drove for Red Bull in the coveted pole position, and Spaniard Fernando Alonso, with Ferrari, the latter two of whom will vie for this year's Formula 1 title in the final race next Sunday in Brazil.
Hamilton - who was world champion in 2008 - covered the 56 laps at the new 5.516-km (3.42-mi.) Circuit of the Americas raceway in Austin - a total of 308.8 km (191.5 mi.) - in 1 hour 35 min. 55.269 sec., an average of just over 192.9 kph (119.6 mph).
The Briton secured his 21st Formula 1 victory, but Vettel now leads the Drivers' standings with 273 points and is seeking his third straight F1 title. Vettel is just 13 points ahead of Alonso, who finished the race in third.
Alonso's teammate, Brazilian Felipe Massa, came in fourth in Austin, ahead of Briton Jenson Button, driving for McLaren, and the two Lotus drivers, Finland's Kimi Raikkonen and Frenchman Romain Grosjean.
With the 18 points scored on Sunday by Vettel, Red Bull mathematically assured itself the Constructors' F1 title with 440 points, insurmountably far ahead of Ferrari's 367 points. It is the third consecutive such title for the Austrian motor-racing team.
The Drivers' Formula 1 title will be decided next Sunday in the 20th race of this year's competition at the Interlagos raceway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. EFE