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  1. Hamilton wins, Vettel 2nd, Raikkonen 3rd
  2. Hamilton retakes lead after losing it to Vettel at start
  3. Briton can win fourth title in Mexico next weekend
  4. Hulkenberg, Wehrlein, Ricciardo, Alonso out

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By Michael Emons

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Mercedes win the Constructors' Championship as Lewis Hamilton wins again to close in on a fourth world title.

He only needs a fifth-placed finish in Mexico next week to become the champion, and we will be back with live text commentaries on all practice sessions, qualifying and of course the race itself. See you then.

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Hamilton on verge of title with win

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Austin

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Lewis Hamilton passed title rival Sebastian Vettel to take a dominant victory in the United States Grand Prix but will have to wait at least one more race to win his fourth world championship.

The Mercedes driver is 66 points clear of Vettel, who finished second, with only 75 still available in the remaining three races.

It means Hamilton is almost certain to clinch the title at the Mexican Grand Prix next weekend.

Vettel has to make up 17 points on Hamilton in Mexico City to take the fight to the next race in Brazil - which is the equivalent of the German winning the race with Hamilton finishing sixth or lower.

Given Hamilton's rich run of form of five wins and a second place in the last six races, that seems very unlikely, unless the Mercedes has a technical failure, which the Briton's car has not had all season in a race.

Hamilton's drivers' title will make a fourth consecutive championship double for Mercedes, who clinched the constructors' title on Sunday in Austin.

'It doesn't feel real'

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Lewis Hamilton speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "There have been races when they (Ferrari) were quickest and have not done a good enough job but I really want to say big congratulations to the team back at factory.

"It has been a big push come into another era of car and keep up with Ferrari. I am looking forward to this battle for years to come."

Asked how it will feel to become F1's most successful British driver if he wins a fourth world title: "That will be very cool. Growing up I was very proud to be among the great British drivers. It is such a dream.

"Growing up seeing the greats Sir Stirling [Moss] Damon [Hill] James [Hunt] and Jim [Clark], to be up there, it doesn't feel real."

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Hamilton in top five in 16 of 17 races in 2017

So Lewis Hamilton only needs to finish fifth in the Mexican Grand Prix next week to become the world champion for a fourth time.

Ferrari fans will not be too happy to hear that in 17 races this season, Hamilton has only finished out of the top five on one occasion - when he came seventh in Monaco.

Cutting the inside was the reason for the penalty

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Austin

Just to be clear, Verstappen did not get his penalty for running wide at Turn 19, he got it for cutting the inside at Turn 17.

'A great day'

We've seen a lot of Usain Bolt all over the place today and it seems like the big man has enjoyed himself in Austin.

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Vespertillio: Verstappen driver of the day by a mile. F1 needs to take a good long look at itself.

Or, alternatively...

Stephen Briggs: Stewards decision makes complete sense. Max cut the corner. Every other four wheels off the track was on outside. Sensible decision.

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Another title for Mercedes

Mercedes are constructors champions for a fourth time. Second, third and fourth looks all sewn up as well for Ferrari, Red Bull and Force India respectively.

But there promises to be a fascinating battle for positions between Williams, Toro Rosso, Renault, Haas and McLaren.


'With those stupid decisions you kill the sport'

Max Verstappen is extremely unhappy at the five-second penalty for going off the track that demoted him to fourth.

He tells Sky Sports: "Everyone is running wide, turn nine, turn 19, it was the same for Bottas, he went wide and gained an advantage.

"It is not good for the sport and they have to be clear on the rules what is allowed. The engine penalty is what it is, we had a great race but with those stupid decisions you kill the sport. I hope the fans do not like this decision and next year they do not come."

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Jukebox Jack: That podium was won fair and square by Verstappen. Disgusting from F1 to dock five seconds for it, many other “cutters” went unpunished!

Tim Brown: Shame for Max but the right call, if Vettel had done that to Hamilton to win the race we'd all be calling foul.

Stephen Briggs: Stewards decision makes complete sense. Max cut the corner. Every other four wheels off the track was on outside. Sensible decision.

'The fat lady is preparing'

Speaking to Sky Sports about Lewis Hamilton's title hopes, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "We can see the fat lady back stage preparing."

The standings

How they stand

On to Mexico goes the title race. There are now only 75 points to pick up for one individual driver this season, with Lewis Hamilton holding a 66-point lead.

So Hamilton only needs to finish fifth in Mexico to win the title.

'He's so close now'

He's almost there.

Here's the moment Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix to move to the brink of a fourth drivers' championship.

Lewis Hamilton takes another step towards his fourth world drivers' championship.

So close for Hamilton

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Only Hamilton's little finger of his left hand is not on the drivers' world championship trophy.

The final results

And this is the full result of how everybody finished.

Final results


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Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

A stunning drive. Hamilton commanded Sebastian Vettel and surely will now win the title.

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We certainly haven't heard the last of that decision to penalise Max Verstappen, with the five-second penalty dropping him from third to fourth.

John Southworth: Stewards doing their best to damage the sport. Awful decision.

Sam Victory: So Max punished for having all 4 wheels off the track? So what about every other driver who did the same? Pathetic

Tom: Appalling decision by the FIA

'The car felt fantastic'

More from Lewis Hamilton, speaking to Usain Bolt on the podium: "I am trying to catch you up dude. You led the way.

"I was not expecting to have the pace on Sebastian (Vettel) we did today but the car felt fantastic. There are still three to go and three more to win."

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'A great race'

Third placed Kimi Raikkonen says: "Obviously I was disappointed just after the race when I finished fourth but there was some issue with Max (Verstappen).

"It was a great race. My car was very good all the way. I just had to fuel save a bit at the end."

'They were quicker than us and we have to admit that'

Second-placed Sebastian Vettel said: "At the start it was looking good, we got past Lewis, but we had to realise we couldn't go at his pace.

"We were then in no-man's land and were not quite sure (what to do). We decided to pit again, with a fresh set of tyres and it was a bit more exciting but overall it was not the result we needed.

"They were quicker than us and we have to admit that. It was not down to strategy you (Usain Bolt) should know, whoever is fastest normally has the best chance of winning."

'Best experience in the world'

Race winner Lewis Hamilton says: "I feel amazing. Look at this crowd. These guys have been amazing. Since 2012 the crowd has been growing year on year. I think this track is now my favourite track.

"A big congratulations to the team. They work so hard back at the factory and here.

"I feel great. I am honoured you're here (he tells Usain Bolt). It has been a humbling experience. It is a dream job. Many people would love to drive an F1 car and I can tell you it is the best experience in the world."

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Right, let's hear from the top three, starting with the race winner Lewis Hamilton.

'Do the Bolt'

Usain Bolt is now going to be teaching Lewis Hamilton how to do the 'Bolt'.

Snappers get the picture they were hoping for, before Hamilton gets his hands on some gold shoes. Snazzy.

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Nico Rosberg has helped Mercedes win the Constructors' Championship in the past and is quick to congratulate his former team on another success.

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Usain Bolt to do the after-race interviews. Will be fun.

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Not much love for that decision to take third place away from Max Verstappen.

Sho Rahman: That's a joke. Verstappen has been robbed there.

quixoticgeek: Oh poor Max. That's harsh. Such a great drive.

Jeremiah Kariuki: What unfair gods for Verstappen! That was a good drive. He has 5 seconds penalty

The trophies

Former US president Bill Clinton heads out on to the podium to present the winners' trophy to Lewis Hamilton.

Will he gets his hands on the World Championship trophy next week?

'Appalling decision'

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is absolutely furious about Max Verstappen's five-second penalty that drops the Dutchman down from third to fourth: "They have been driving off track all weekend, Max made a fair move," says Horner.

"It is an appalling decision. They have robbed all of the fans here. It was a great grand prix and they have screwed it up."

National anthems time

So there is one Mercedes man - Lewis Hamilton - and both Ferrari drivers on the podium as God Save the Queen plays out before the German national anthem for the winning constructors.

Mercedes celebrate

'It couldn't feel any better right now'

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff: "I am so happy and so proud of what the team have achieved. So much effort has been put in 24-7 it couldn't feel any better right now.

"At the end the best car wins. It is about pace and reliability and that made us win the constructors championship.

"It is not done yet (drivers' championship) we need to seal it in Mexico."

Verstappen down to fourth

A shake of the head as Max Verstappen heads down away from where the top three are stationed. Kimi Raikkonen takes his place in third.

That means the updated top 10 is as follows...

Top 10

BreakingVerstappen to drop down to fourth

Breaking news.

Verstappen was third, but wait, just wait. He has just been given a five-second time penalty for cutting the track and gaining an advantage. That will drop him back down to fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen back up to third.

He doesn't know it yet and is chatting casually with Sebastian Vettel. Expect an unhappy Dutchman any time soon.

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'So proud'

Lewis Hamilton tells his team: "That was so much fun today, appreciate it. You guys have worked so hard, so proud to be a part of it."


Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

Surely in one week's time Lewis Hamilton will wrap up the Formula 1 World Championship.


BreakingMercedes win Constructors' Championship

It is four in a row for Mercedes.

BreakingHamilton wins the United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton wins it, Sebastian Vettel is second, meaning there is no world title for the Brit today.

Max Verstappen, he who started in 16th position after a hefty grid penalty, steals third place late on the last lap, from Kimi Raikkonen, who is left in fourth.

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We asked if Max Verstappen can snatch third? Yes he can, diving inside of Kimi Raikkonen. Max Verstappen is up to third.

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Rod Peel: VB77 was warned that joining Merc with LH44 as a team mate was career suicide. Given that he has performed reasonably