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Gary Rose

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    Formula 1

    A brilliant race in a brilliant season for Lewis Hamilton. 

    Three-time world champion, and you get the feeling that his run of world titles won't end there. 

    That's all from us, but I'll leave you to watch the rest of the highlights. See you next week for Mexico.

  2. We just got eaten up - Button

    Jenson Button finished a superb sixth today, his highest finish this season and got to enjoy a bit of racing too. He was not massively over the moon though.

    "Our pace is nowhere near what we expected here," he said. "We need to go away and look for the reasons why. We just got eaten up as always.

    "I'm pleased to finish sixth but the pace of the car was not that exciting. Great to get some points and it was an interesting race as you are making calls all the time. We will get there.

    "Lastly congrats to my fellow countryman Lewis Hamilton."

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    Wait, wait, wait. Stop everything.

    There were eight retirements today and not ONE of them was Pastor Maldonado. 

    A race like that was surely begging for some Maldonado mishaps. Nope. He finished eighth. 

  5. 'You man up and go for it'

    Even more quotes from Lewis Hamilton. He tells the BBC: "The emotion is hard to describe. I feel like I could run a marathon now. It is a humbling experience. I now have the same amount of titles as Ayrton. It doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem real.

    "I remember every day of my racing career and I'm just grateful for it all. The only one that could get in my way was myself.

    "Before I know it I will be at home watching tv with kids running around, so I just want to enjoy it. There was never a moment I didn't believe I could do it. The only time I started thinking about the championship was with 10 laps to go and I was behind Nico. That was the title right there.

    "You either stand back and accept second or man up and go for it. I was looking forward to racing Nico but he made it a lot easier for me. It is not easy to have me as a team-mate. In a friendly way I'm the worst team-mate you could happen."

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    Wherever Lewis Hamilton is celebrating, he discussed his win with DC and Suzi Perry a little earlier.

    "I'm the worst team-mate you can have," he says.

    Don't think there will be any disagreement there from Nico Rosberg...

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    Elton John

    Somewhere in Austin right about now, Sir Elton John is belting out some of his greatest hits (hopefully while still wearing the amazing tracksuit above) with Lewis Hamilton in attendance. He was desperate to celebrate this title win at Elton's gig.

  8. Wow!

  9. The team behind a winner

  10. Super Ham


    Midnight in the UK is getting ever closer, and things are getting ever stranger on this page.

    From Lewis Hamilton's hair to super Lewis. Why not?

    There's a reason behind the madness. Hamilton said he felt like a mixture of superman and Ayrton Senna today.

  11. Hamilton's title-winning hairstyles

    Formula 1

    Like the graphics we've been liberally splashing through this live commentary page? We've got plenty, even one of Hamilton's hairstyles throughout the season.


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    Formula 1

    After all of today's excitement It is easy to forget that we still have a season to complete.

    There's three races remaining, starting with Mexico next week. If Hamilton wins all three then he will move level with Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher on most wins in a season (13).

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  15. Monday's newspapers

    Daily Mail

    The back page of Monday's Daily Mail. Arsenal supporter Hamilton is probably interested in the story in the bottom half of the paper as well.  

    Daily Mail
  16. Monday's newspapers

    The Times

    The back page of the Times newspaper is devoted to Lewis Hamilton.

    "After winning the US Grand Prix, an emotional Hamilton, whose career has taken him from a council estate in Stevenage to the pantheon of motor racing, hailed his victory as an inspiration for youngsters," writes Kevin Eason.

    The Times
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    Good man Peter. Good man. 

  18. Monday's newspapers

    The Guardian

    The front page of The Guardian's sport supplement has a picture of Lewis Hamilton on the front.

    The Guardian
  19. What the papers say

    Right then, the timing of the race today means we are handily placed for a look at what tomorrow's papers make of Lewis Hamilton's title win. Let's take a look...

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  21. Can anyone stop him?

    Even the Ferrari boss accepts Lewis Hamilton will be the man to beat once again next year...

  22. 'Potential of being Britain's greatest'

    The praise just keeps on coming in. Children's tv presenter Floella Benjamin is another to congratulate the man of the moment.

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    This is Lewis Hamilton's day, but honourable mention for this chap. What a driver he is already.

  24. Watch the highlights on BBC One now

    BBC One

    The highlights of today's thrilling race have just started on BBC One right now. Seriously, watch them. 

    Already seen the race? Doesn't matter, watch it again because that was one of the best for a while.

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  26. Britain's greatest?

    Lewis Hamilton

    As if winning the world title wasn't good enough Lewis, you've only gone and been named Britain's greatest F1 driver by BBC F1 readers in our online vote!

    A total of 48% of you voted for Lewis ahead of Jim Clark (below).

    Jim Clark
  27. 'This is Lewis's moment'

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says: "We were getting closer, maybe I should've taken more risks. It is a mixed day. A very good race and a fantastic result but it is not good when you find out you can't win the big one.

    "We've made a lot of progress, but it is not a secret, there's still a lot we need to gain.

    "We are pushing hard and have been all season. I can't predict what is going to happen. Congratulations to Lewis. It is his day and he should enjoy it. A fantastic race and he has driven fantastically this season. This is his year and his moment."

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  31. Where's Hamilton ranked?

    Formula 1
  32. 'Hamilton ran into me and that's one step too far'

    Nico Rosberg

    As we've already said, Nico Rosberg was clearly unhappy after the race. A few videos are going round Twitter at the moment showing Rosberg 'throwing a cap' at Lewis Hamilton. Personally, I don't think there was any malice in it.

    Anyway, here's a bit more from him: "An extremely tough one. Just thinking about the race, it was my race to win, but with some strange mistake that has never happened to me that was really disappointing.

    "Not thinking about the championship, I just wanted to win the race."

    Talking about Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg adds: "He has done a great year, so congratulations for that. Turn one it was not decisive for the race as I was able to come back. If I'm leading I have a right to a piece of track. He ran into me and that is one step too far."

  33. Praise from the world of football

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    Quote Message: Hamilton has every chance of winning more titles. It could be five or six, Mercedes is so superior from Sir Jackie Stewart
    Sir Jackie Stewart
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  37. Hamilton aims to inspire youngsters

    Lewis Hamilton

    "I want to encourage young kids," says Hamilton. "It is about the self belief they have. Hopefully this will inspire parents. I wanted to be Ayrton Senna or Superman when I was younger."

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    Lewis Hamilton is currently conducting post-race interviews in the media pen with a Union Jack draped around him. 

    His voice breaks as he gets all emotional when Lee McKenzie asks him about wanting to emulate Ayrton Senna, and how kids will now want to be like him.

  39. 'You definitely rock'

    Mario Andretti, the 1978 Formula 1 world champion, is quick to send his congratulations to Lewis Hamilton.

  40. From one British champ to another

  41. 'I'm so overwhelmed'

    Some more quotes from Lewis Hamilton.

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  43. 'Well deserved, Lewis'

    Fernando Alonso, who finished 11th, has congratulated his former team-mate:

  44. The celebrations are in full swing

    Lewis Hamilton

    The trance music is cranked up to the max in the Mercedes garage as Toto Wolff raises a glass to the camera. "World champion!" he says.

    Speaking of Toto, that reminds me we have a video of some of Lewis Hamilton's lighter moments from 2015, including his podium interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Watch it here.

  45. 'I can sympathise'

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  47. Vote

    Right then, if you click on the 'Vote' tab (mobile users) or look on the right side of this page (desktop users), you will see a whopping great selection of great British drivers.

    That is because we are asking for you to vote for who you think is Britain's greatest F1 champion?

    Vote closes at 22:15 GMT, check terms and conditions here.

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  49. Hamilton wins 2015 world title


    Coincidentally, Sir Jackie Stewart has just been speaking to BBC Sport.

    "Nico Rosberg could easily have won the race but Lewis drove his race to win it. It was Nico's to lose and that is what happened," he said.

    "Lewis will improve, he will improve a lot. He is 30 and at the right age to be learning."

  50. Brit pack

    Sir Jackie Stewart

    Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2014 and 2015) becomes only the second Briton to win three world titles, after Sir Jackie Stewart (1969, 1971, 1973).

  51. 'Very aggressive, extremely aggressive'

  52. Hamilton wins 2015 world title

    Hamilton celebrates

    Lewis Hamilton is keen to celebrate this. 

    "Where's the party," he asks before heading out to greet some fans in the paddock. 

    Meanwhile, Daft Punk's "One More Time" blares out of the Mercedes garage. The team have adopted the phrase "Won More Time" this season.

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    This has just come from Nico Rosberg's Twitter account.

  54. Get involved #BBCF1

    Wendy Pankhurst: Anyone in Nico Rosberg's shoes would feel the same. No sportsman is gracious in losing, they all want to win. Lessons to learn for '16.

    Barry Brown: Wow poor loser or what? Rosberg not congratulating Hamilton in his interview.

    matthew: Hamilton is fantastic but he's not always been the best winner...just put the shoe on the other foot.

  55. Fine company

  56. 'Great season, mate'

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    Lewis Hamilton joins some big names in winning at least three world titles:

    Michael Schumacher (seven), Juan Manuel Fangio (five), Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel (both four), Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Jack Brabham, Sir Jackie Stewart and Hamilton (all three).  

  58. 'Congratulations Lewis'

    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel looks much happier for Lewis than Nico does. The Ferrari man tells Sir Elton: "We have a great car. I think we have exceeded all expectations. But it doesn’t feel great when you cross the line and you know you can’t win the championship any more. Congratulations to Lewis. But we’re getting closer."

  59. Get involved #bbcf1

    Dan Stuchbury: What a miserable so and so Rosberg is. Get over it you lost to the better man. Be gracious in defeat and stop behaving like a child.

    FK: Rosberg's to Hamilton as Patrese was to Mansel, harmless threat of a team mate. Gets some race wins, helps in the constructors title.

  60. 'I don't know what happened'

    Nico and Lewis

    Not even Sir Elton can cheer Nico Rosberg up. With a face like thunder, he says: "I'm very disappointed. Unbelievable really. I don't know what happened. You (the crowd) have been awesome with the bad weather. I'm just very disappointed."

  61. 'I can't find the words'

    "I want to say a huge thank you to the crowd, staying out through the rain," says Lewis Hamilton. "Hopefully we put on a good show for you.

    "I can't find the words to explain how this feels. I couldn't have done it without this team. I love you guys and everything you do for me. For all my family, I love you all."


    Lewis Hamilton

    So who is the person to interview a three-time world champion? Sir Elton John!  Out he strolls in his tracksuit. Casual as you like. 

    "I can't believe you are here man," says Lewis Hamilton. 

  63. 'At risk of looking like a bad loser'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "What ever is bothering Nico you have to let it go. You are at risk of looking like a bad loser."

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    Nico Rosberg is not exactly jumping for joy at his team-mate's win. Head down, looking away from Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as the celebratory champagne is sprayed.

    He looked to have the hump on in the pre-podium room too. Hamilton tossed a cap to him, which Rosberg threw back.

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    Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel head out on to the podium before Lewis Hamilton is introduced to the crowd, who raise a huge cheer. They love him here.

  66. Get involved #BBCF1

    Shayan S: Rosberg, a mediocre driver lucky to be in a great car. Put Vettel in that car, we'd have a thrilling fight between him and Hamilton.

    Luke Curtis: Best F1 race in quite a few years, engrossing, thrilling and more twists that a Agatha Christie novel!

    John O: Who could have predicted a young lad from Stevenage will be winning three world F1 championship. This is what dreams are made of.

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    Lewis Hamilton peels off his race helmet before kneeling down and resting his head on a table in the pre-podium room, breathing heavily. Energy sapped.

  69. 'Almost faultless'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says: "What a race with all the ups and downs. A fantastic race. We had a problem at the beginning, at the end it was tight, but I'm just overwhelmed.

    "Lewis was almost faultless this year and the car didn't let him down. It is just an amazing feeling."


    Lewis Hamilton leaps out of his car and continues leaping about all over the place. He is understandably ecstatic. He had to work for this win - his 10th of the season - but what a way to do it. Stunning drive.

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    Lewis Hamilton over the team radio: "Thank you so much for everything you guys do. To my family I love you all."


    Sebastian Vettel cannot deny Nico Rosberg second place, meaning Lewis Hamilton is a three-time world champion!

    "This is the greatest moment of my life," he says over team radio, punching the air as he passes the cheering fans. 

    What a race. What a win. 



    Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to win the United States Grand Prix and the world title!

  75. LAST LAP

    Lap 55/56

    Into the last lap and Lewis Hamilton is firmly on course for victory. The one to watch is Sebastian Vettel. He is closing on Nico Rosberg...

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    Lap 54/56

    Lewis Hamilton now has a four-second advantage over Nico Rosberg, but there is still a chance he could be denied the title. 

    If Sebastian Vettel finishes second, Hamilton's wait will go on. Vettel is just 1.1s behind Rosberg...

  77. Get involved #BBCF1

    Victor Karungu: My fingernails are shredded. Heart at 120bpm. Best race of the season.

    Matt Shaw: Rosberg just isn't of the quality required to ever be a champion.

    Waѕiyullah Budye: Hamilton will be the first British driver to defend his F1 championship. Feeling proud! Thank you Rosberg ;)

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    Lap 52/56

    Sir Elton John looks gripped as he watches on from the paddock. This is a thrilling race, best this season? A shame there's only four laps remaining.

    As it stands it is: 1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Verstappen 5) Perez

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It has been a good performance from Jenson Button."

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    Top Gear presenter and BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans is loving this.

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    Lap 52/56

    Lewis Hamilton is storming off into the distance now, two seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg. One mistake and the Briton takes full advantage. 

    Behind them, Jenson Button is enjoying some rare racing. He takes advantage of a tussle between Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo to swoop into sixth.

    Racing at the front, racing at the back, racing everywhere!

  82. Get involved #BBCF1

    Aaman Khan: haaaaamillttoooooon is world champion!!!! surely!!!! you beauty!!!!!!

    Gareth: There will be a delay before the presentation after the race so that Nico can gift wrap the trophy for Lewis.

    Edward O'Loughlin: Proof that Nico Rosberg is not even close to being world championship material, not worthy of the title of bridesmaid even.

  83. Hamilton leads!

    Lap 49/56

    Drama! Nico Rosberg appears to lose his rear at Turn 14 and Lewis Hamilton pounces and is into the lead. As it stands, he is going to become the 2015 world champion!

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    Ah, nothing Max Verstappen can do has Sebastian Vettel goes at him again down the main straight and sweeps past and into third. Up top, Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton by 1.6s.

  85. Go! Go! Go!

    Lap 47/56

    Hold on to your hats! We are racing again and Max Verstappen shows great confidence as he holds off a hungry Sebastian Vettel. He's on for a podium here!

    Lap 48
  86. Get involved #BBCF1

    Ayesha Frederick: Flat-mates think I am going crazy listening to the race online shouting at the timing screens. This is so intense.

    Jovic Sebastian: At this rate, the safety car might get some championship points!

    Andrew Thatcher: No-one has noticed the good drive by Rossi in 11th.

    Daniel Woodley: What a race this is! The best of the season by a country mile. Lewis can do this!

    Jack Whiteside: If you could win a world championship, you'd want to win it with a memorable race like this...written in the stars. Come on Lewis!

  87. Team radio

    "OK Lewis you have 10 laps remaining, keep it nice and cleaning."

  88. Safety car coming in

    The safety car is coming in on this lap. Here. We. Go.

  89. Ten laps to go

    In amongst all the drama, things are going well for McLaren. Fernando Alonso is fifth, with Jenson Button eighth. 

    After all the various crashes and retirements, there are just 12 cars left on the track.

  90. 'Gutsy'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is a fantastic, gutsy performance from Max Verstappen.

    "It's the most amount of cars dropping out for a long time."

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    Lewis Hamilton takes on softs, Sebastian Vettel does likewise and they are back out in second and fourth respectively.

    As it stands Nico Rosberg leads from Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Vettel.

    That means Hamilton will still not win the title today, he would be 66 points ahead with 75 available. He is on the fresher tyres though.

  92. Get involved #BBCF1

    Sean Harrison: Got a horrible feeling Mercedes have got Hamilton's pit strategy wrong. Again.

    Tom Brookes: Mercedes' bottling Hamilton's tyre call have cost him the race.

  93. 'Lifeline'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This could be a lifeline for Lewis Hamilton."

  94. Safety car

    Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull smacks nose first into the barrier just after Turn 19. Safety car out again, Lewis Hamilton pits...

    Daniil Kvyat
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    Hang about. Nico Rosberg is a man on the move. He has already picked off Max Verstappen and now fancies a move on Sebastian Vettel...nails it! He's second.

  96. 'Hamilton should stay out there'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If I was Lewis Hamilton I would try and see if I could make it to the end of the Grand Prix.

    "Hang out there and see what happens out. He does not have the pace in these tyres, so take track position and try to hang in the best you can."

  97. Get involved #bbcf1

    Matt: Vettel caught Hamilton by five seconds under that virtual safety car period. The whole thing is a mess.

    Hannah Lowry: BBC live updates for me for the USGP so very exciting and I can't even see the cars. Keep going Jenson Button.

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    With 15 laps to go, Sebastian Vettel is looking to get to the end of this race on his medium tyres. Lewis Hamilton, on 23 lap-old soft tyres, is 5.4s ahead. However, if that front two stays the same, Hamilton won't win the title in Austin.

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    Nico Rosberg is back out on softs and is out in fourth, behind Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel who, like Lewis Hamilton, stayed out. The virtual safety car comes in.

  101. Damage for Ricciardo

  102. Get involved #bbcf1

    Shohidur Rahman: What a waste from Hulkenberg. Force India got the strategy perfect.

    Martin Wingate: Hulkenberg. Just no. He is so so so overrated.

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    Nico Rosberg pits, but Lewis Hamilton stays out. Both Red Bulls also head in, with Daniel Ricciardo coming back out on the soft tyres, Daniil Kvyat on mediums.

  104. Virtual safety car

    Lap 38/56

    A second appearance of the virtual safety car, this one for Nico Hulkenberg's car which has come to a stop after that collision with Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull. 

  105. Collision

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    Meanwhile, Max Verstappen is on the hunt and he is up to fourth now, with Daniil Kvyat having slipped back to seventh. 

    Daniel Ricciardo is holding on to fifth but he is struck by Nico Hulkenberg as the Force India attempts a move at Turn 12.

  107. Get involved #bbcf1

    Bob Bhowmik: Note to Bernie. If you want to make F1 falsemore interesting next season, introduce a random sprinkler system over race weekend.

    Alex: And to think, people used to say Vettel couldn't race.

    James Matthews: The way this is going, Verstappen could win this.

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    Sebastian Vettel is not giving up on that podium place and he has another go at the exit of Turn One, breezing through on the outside of Ricciardo to take third.

  109. 'Brilliant'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is a brilliant Grand Prix. Whenever we have changeable conditions it always throws it wide open."

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    Now Sebastian Vettel fancies a go at Daniel Ricciardo, he gets round him at the exit of Turn 12 but Ricciardo fights back immediately to reclaim third. 

    What a race this has been, some superb, attacking driving. Everyone seems to be having a go!

  111. Go! Go! Go!

    Foot down and off goes Nico Rosberg. Good restart. The biggest mover is Sebastian Vettel, as he gets the jump on Daniil Kvyat and he is into fourth.

    It is Rosberg from Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vettel and Kvyat.

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    Lap 32/56


    Bollard (and a cap it would seem) removed. The safety car is coming in on this lap.

  113. Get involved #bbcf1

    Craig Harle: We need another downpour just to mix it up even more.

    Kyle Mclaren: What an epic race don't think you could call this one.

    Alex Withington: Ferrari have a great set-up, power down the straight and are making great strategy calls... don't normally say that! 

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    Lapped cars are allowed to overtake and join at the back of the pack. The safety car should be heading in soon.

    Over half race distance, who will get it right at the restart? Nico Rosberg was just building up a nice advantage over Lewis Hamilton, but he's got it all to do again...

  115. What's the latest, Mercedes?

    Mercedes on Twitter: Ok, here's the situation: Nico P1, Lewis P2, RIC P3, KVY P4, (1 Stop, Softs), VET P5 (2 Stops, Mediums) 

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  117. 'Rosberg driving like a champion'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It has been a painful weekend, but there has been some great racing today.

    "It's fascinating to see the different fortunes the drivers are having on the tyres. Rosberg is driving like a world champion."

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    A recovery truck trundles over to Marcus Ericsson's stricken Sauber to lift it off the circuit.

    Wait. Is that a bollard on the track as well? Someone appears to have knocked over the pit lane entry bollard. It is all going on.

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    Sebastian Vettel pits from fifth and switches to medium tyres. Several others behind him do likewise. The front four stay out on the soft tyres. 

  121. Get involved #bbcf1

    Ryan Blythe: At this rate, just finishing the race will get you some points today. Going to benefit Lewis massively this safety car.

    Bishop Yinkus: Will this safety car provide us opportunity to see wheel-to-wheel driving between Nico and Lewis? Bring it on.

  122. Safety car

    Despite a valiant attempt to carry on after that earlier crash, Kimi Raikkonen can't carry on and he pits. Race over for the Ferrari. 

    The safety car is out. Marcus Ericsson has come to a stop. Nightmare for Nico Rosberg as his advantage is wiped out.

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    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest lap and he now leads Daniel Ricciardo by nine seconds.

    There's trouble for Ricciardo now though as Hamilton attacks on the back straight and is into second.

  124. A day to forget for Williams

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    It has not been a good day for Williams. We have already lost Valtteri Bottas and now Felipe Massa is told of a problem with the car, and he is going to have to retire.

    Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg is out in front and building a gap over Daniel Ricciardo.

  127. At it stands after 22 laps


    Lewis Hamilton has some overtaking to do if he is to win the title this weekend. Nico Rosberg is currently second, with Hamilton fourth and that would keep the battle going until at least next weekend's race in Mexico.

  128. Get involved #bbcf1

    Ashley Perham: Let's make every race in the rain if this is what happens.

    James Matthews: Kimi was so shocked by a McLaren-Honda getting fastest lap that he ploughed straight into the wall.

    Andrew Yee: US Grand Prix always seems to be a good race - heavy braking zones. Plus the slippy conditions means close racing. Makes a change!

  129. Rally-driving Raikkonen

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was Raikkonen relying on his rally driving experience to get out of that."

    Kimi Raikkonen
  130. Crash!

    Kimi Raikkonen slides off the track and into the barrier. It is going to take more than that to stop the Finn, though, as he hauls himself off the gravel and back onto the track. Gritty determination and the watching fans love it, standing to applaud.

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    As expected pretty much everyone makes a stop to switch to softs. Lewis Hamilton is back out and he tries to get the jump on Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg as they return to the circuit with the new tyres on, but he runs a little wide at the first turn and is down in fourth. As it stands, he won't be winning the title in Austin, but plenty of laps left.

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  133. Get involved #bbcf1

    Tom Howells: Best race of the season so far... early call, but this is brilliant racing.

    Caramel: Not Ricciardo's biggest fan, but I don't care who it is as long as someone is in front of the Mercs.

    Jessica: This is going to be one of those beautiful races after which sleep is impossible.

  134. 'How close'

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    My word! This is a breathless battle between the two Mercedes as Nico Rosberg attacks Lewis Hamilton again, squeezing past at Turn 12, prompting Hamilton to pit and take on softs. This could prompt the other frontrunners to do likewise.

  136. Super Sainz

    Speaking of Max Verstappen, what did his team-mate Carlos Sainz have for breakfast!? He started this race dead last, now he is ninth. Kimi Raikkonen is sandwiched between the two fearless Toro Rossos.

  137. 'He's pushing me off the track'

    Some chilling words from Kimi Raikkonen, talking about Max Verstappen.

    "This guy is pushing me off the track every time I come next to him," says Raikkonen over the team radio. "If that is legal I will do the same next time." 

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    Daniel Ricciardo is absolutely flying, setting the fastest lap with 1:54.685, two seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton's best effort

    Now Hamilton and Rosberg are battling again as the latter dives inside his team-mate, the two almost touching but Hamilton just about holds him off. Tense!

    Meanwhile, there is a fair old ding dong going on between Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen in the battle for seventh.

  139. 'Hamilton off line'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton was off line and that gave Ricciardo the opportunity to survive until the first corner. If Hamilton can come close in the middle section, Ricciardo could come under pressure."

  140. Ricciardo leads, Hamilton second

    And he's got him! Daniel Ricciardo breezes past Lewis Hamilton going into Turn 18 and he speeds away into the lead. Red Bull lead the race.

  141. Ricciardo putting the pressure on Hamilton

    Daniel Ricciardo is faster than Lewis Hamilton and is creeping up on the Mercedes, half a second separates the two.

  142. 'Fair and square'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "You have to come back on the circuit and if you're aware of that you give room to your competitors.

    "Kvyat ran off at speed, but I don't agree with Nico saying he came back on and it was dangerous.

    "There was no danger and he passed you fair and square. It's just what happens in racing. Ten out of 10 to Kvyat for trying."

    Lap 14
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    Never mind chasing down Lewis Hamilton,  Nico Rosberg has to be wary of the Red Bulls. 

    They are snapping at the heels of the Mercedes and Daniil Kvyat fancies a nibble, taking him out at the first corner but the Russian runs wide.

    That puts Rosberg back into to second for now but he goes wide at Turn One and Daniel Ricciardo seizes the chance to snatch second.

  144. As it stands after lap 10


    As it stands, Lewis Hamilton is firmly on course for a third world title.

    Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean has been in to take on softs, but his stay out on the circuit is brief on the dry tyres. Is he retiring?

    "Your rear breaks are going crazy," he is told over the radio. "You are not going to finish the race."

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: Nico Rosberg has never overtaken Lewis Hamilton on track and then gone on to win
  146. 'Dream scenario'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is a dream scenario for Formula 1 fans. We have four cars in close contention racing for the win."

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    Ten laps down and, while there's still a few damp patches, the track is drying quickly. "No more rain expected," Nico Rosberg is told. Rosberg is 0.9s behind Lewis Hamilton.

  148. Get involved #bbcf1

    Tom Maynard: Whats the point in a Virtual safety car if they are allowed to bunch up when its ending?

    Gary Day: Seems like tyre management of the Intermediate and judging change to slicks will have big winners and losers methinks!

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    "How did Nico get past me," asks a perplexed Daniel Ricciardo. Nico Rosberg is on the move again, getting the jump on Daniil Kvyat and he is second. Game on!

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    We've lost Will Stevens and Valtteri Bottas' race is also over. He retires from last.

    The Virtual Safety Car is ending now and Nico Rosberg, like a tiger stalking prey, pounces on Daniel Ricciardo and is straight up into third.

  152. Get involved #bbcf1

    Shohidur Rahman: Do not get the thinking behind all these guys going on the slicks. Did they think the track was gonna dry up after 2 laps? 

    John ashenden: Listen to all the Hamilton haters...he took the racing line, what's wrong about that?

    Waѕiyullah Budye: Today Lewis Hamilton will become the first British driver to defend F1 Championship. Mark my words!

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