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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins third world title
  2. Rosberg makes mistake in latter stages and Briton breezes past to win
  3. Furious Rosberg throws hat at Hamilton after race
  4. Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Verstappen 4th
  5. Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Ericsson, Grosjean, Massa, Bottas, Stevens out

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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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

    superman

    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 season...in 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.

    #nothingmissed

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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

    Hamilton

    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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    Schumacher

    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."

  62. HAMILTON WINS 2015 WORLD TITLE

    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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  68. HAMILTON WINS 2015 WORLD TITLE

    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."

  70. HAMILTON WINS 2015 WORLD TITLE

    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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  72. HAMILTON WINS 2015 WORLD TITLE

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

  73. HAMILTON WINS 2015 WORLD TITLE

    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. 

  74. HAMILTON WINS 2015 WORLD TITLE

    Hamilton

    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

    Marshalls

    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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    Rosberg

    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.

    Sauber
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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

    Standings

    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

    F1

    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."

  145. Post update

    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."

  147. Post update

    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!

  149. Post update

  150. Post update

    "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!

  151. Post update

    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!

  153. Post update

    Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has the lead, but is remaining cautious. "Very slippery out here guys," he says. "Nico suffering the same thing?"

  154. Post update

    It appears that Felipe Nasr's broken bit of front wing is still on the circuit and a couple of marshals are deployed to pick up the few bits of debris. 

  155. Another pit stop for Sauber

  156. Virtual safety car

    Lewis Hamilton has the Red Bulls in hot pursuit, 0.7s between himself and Daniil Kvyat, but the Virtual Safety Car has just been deployed.

  157. 'No malice from Hamilton'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It was the initial getaway that Hamilton aced. It was a team-mate's kiss to say it was my corner. But there was no driving him off the track malice. It was clearly Hamilton's corner.

    "Fair play to Rosberg for having a go, but he paid the penalty for running wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton. Every time they go wheel-to-wheel Hamilton comes out on top."

  158. Post update

    Felipe Nasr is back out sporting a new front wing and with soft tyres on. Valtteri Bottas has also made the switch to the soft compound.

    Replays are showing that start again, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton touching wheels as they tussled for position going into Turn One. 

    Rosberg rolled the dice and lost.

  159. Post update

    Several drivers are into the pits, Felipe Nasr one of them after losing part of his front wing after that bit of contact between his Sauber and Marcus Ericsson's.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel, who must finish second as things stand to prevent Lewis Hamilton from taking the title today, is up from 13th to seventh.

  160. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg desperately tried to hold into that position into turn one, but Lewis Hamilton was on the racing line."

  161. Yellow flag

    Contact for Fernando Alonso? He is dropping down the pack and is now 19th. There's definitely contact between the two Saubers in that first lap, leaving debris on the track.

  162. Get involved #bbcf1

    Dan Alani: Increasingly looking like Nico might not be able to handle this pressure, Lewis looks born ready for this #hammertime

    Andy King: Inters aren't going to last two laps here, could be mad first half dozen laps.

    Dan Smith: Large parts of that track are bone dry. Gonna be a mad rush to the pits here.

  163. Go! Go! Go!

    LIGHTS OUT!!

    Lewis Hamilton is straight on the attack and Nico Rosberg is squeezed out by his Mercedes team-mate on the run in to turn one. Rosberg runs wide and drops back to fourth. Disastrous start for the German.

  164. Post update

    These were some of the pictures from a couple of minutes ago before the drivers went out for the formation lap.

    Formula 1
  165. Post update

    Everyone has intermediate tyres bolted on as they head off on the formation lap.

  166. Post update

    Nico rosberg

    Polesitter Nico Rosberg has one last chat with his team before getting into his Mercedes and preparing to lead off the grid on the formation lap.

    Last chance saloon for Rosberg? That 363m dash to Turn One could be crucial.

  167. Post update

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    Quote Message: Hamilton will say he's not thinking about the title. I can tell you that is all that's going on in that helmet
  168. Post update

  169. The grid

    Right then, one last reminder of the grid:

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Ricciardo 4) Kvyat 5) Perez 6) Hulkenberg 7) Massa 8) Verstappen 9) Alonso 10) Grosjean

    11) Button 12) Maldonado 13) Vettel 14) Ericsson 15) Nasr 16) Bottas 17) Rossi 18) Raikkonen 19) Stevens 20) Sainz

  170. How you doin?

    Matt LeBlanc, he of Friends fame, is one of the celebrities at the United States Grand Prix.

    That reminds me of a film I watched on Saturday night. Lost in Space. Not one of your best Matt...

  171. When the smoke clears...

  172. Praise from Sir Jackie

  173. Post update

    Pre-win graphic

    Sir Jackie Stewart is the only Briton to have won three world titles. Lewis Hamilton could be just a couple of hours away from joining him...

  174. Get involved #bbcf1

    Jamie Walsgrove: Drying track..maybe a chance for Button to show what he is capable of..for a few laps that is.

    Xavier Davis: Everyone spins off at turn 10.

    bookfan2: As a viewer the circuit is surely one of the most ugly on the calendar.

  175. Post update

    Sauber

    The American national anthem is belted out with some gusto - a solid rendition - before red, blue and white smoke billows from the top of the grandstands.

    Meanwhile, fans appeared to have dispensed with their umbrellas. The rain is staying firmly away now.

  176. Get involved #bbcf1

    Nick Rogers: So...Rosberg will crash out and Vettel will retire with engine trouble. Hamilton will get P1 and win Championship.

    David Atwell: No doubt Lewis will win more & whilst I'd argue he'll win again next year getting more than four will be very tough from 2017.

    Sarah Kate Marsh: If Vettel, Alonso or Ricciardo had a more competitive car, Hamilton would be in trouble.

  177. Illustrious company

    Formula 1
    Image caption: Juan Manuel Fangio won the world title in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957

    If Lewis Hamilton does win the championship today, he will become the 10th driver to win at least three world titles. 

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

  178. Get involved #bbcf1

    Matt Scott: No FP2 and no Q3, and a dry(ing) track for the race. I'm not saying it'll be great racing, but it'll certainly be interesting!

    Andrew Priestley: With track conditions likely to be very changeable during the race, surely this plays into the hands of the adaptable Hamilton.

    Ross Parker: Hamilton has the potential to win many more titles, but only if he's in a competitive car. Just look at what's happened to Alonso .

  179. Post update

    After retiring from the Russian Grand Prix with a throttle problem, Nico Rosberg will want everything running smoothly today. As a result, he is being extra certain everything is ticking over as it should before the race starts.

    "There's something wrong with the front tyres , juddering," he says over team radio.

    "Sounds like they just cold," he is told in response.

  180. Sainz to start

    Top work by Toro Rosso as they've managed to get Carlos Sainz's car fixed up and ready to go after his crash in qualifying. The Spaniard can start the race.

  181. Post update

    “There's been some bad news for Valtteri Bottas. The Williams driver was due to line up 10th after the Ferrari drivers’ penalties but the team discovered that part of his rear suspension had broken. It is so integral to the gearbox that the ‘box needs changing to replace it, and that means a five-place grid penalty. In the circumstances, the Finn did well to qualify only  0.335secs slower than team-mate Felipe Massa.”

  182. 400 up

  183. Circuit stats

    Formula 1

    Venue: Circuit of the Americas, Austin

    Circuit length: 5.513km

    Laps: 56

    Race distance: 308.405km

    Lap record: 1min 39.347secs (Vettel, 2012)

    2014 pole position: Rosberg (Mercedes) one minute 36.067 seconds

    2014 winner: Hamilton (Mercedes)

    2014 fastest lap: Vettel (Red Bull) 1min 41.379secs

    Number of corners: 20 (11 left/9 right)

    Check our more US Grand Prix stats and fun facts here.

  184. 'This could be one heck of a day'

    Mercedes are struggling to contain their excitement. They write on Twitter: "A Silver Arrows front row lockout, tricky track conditions, mega fans in the stands, millions more around the world, and, of course, the F1 World Championship potentially within reach... this could be one heck of a day!

    "Settle in everyone! The greatest show on earth is about to begin."

    Mercedes
  185. Post update

    The pitlane is open and out rumble the cars on to the track, a bit of spray kicking up as they venture off for an exploratory lap but it is clearly drying up very quickly.

  186. Get involved #bbcf1

    How many world titles can Lewis Hamilton win?

    James Macdonald: HAM is certainly good enough, but if drivers of the calibre of ALO, RIC, BOT, VET get competitive machinery, 6 would be tough.

    Dan Culyer: Hamilton can go on to win six titles. He'll now have first pick on cars, so has more years left at No. 1.

    FK: Lewis will win many more titles, as long as Mercedes stay top and Nico is his team mate. Not sure if he had a Riccardo, Vettel or Alonso.

  187. Post update

    Shield your eyes! Something those in Austin haven't seen for a while has just appeared in the sky...the sun.

  188. From the track.. to the track

    One of the fastest men in the world can't get enough of Formula 1.

    Sprinter Asafa Powell, who helped Jamaica to sprint relay gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, is loving his time at the USA Grand Prix.

  189. Honey badger mode...engaged

    Formula 1

    “The Mercedes drivers might have locked out the front row but if it stays wet they may well not have things all their own way in the race. Daniel Ricciardo was impressive throughout a difficult qualifying session and he and Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat are on the second row, Ricciardo just over a second off the Mercedes.

    “‘In these conditions,’ Ricciardo said, ‘there is always a fine line but you are better off being on the more side of risks and taking risks. If you don't drive in these conditions with confidence, you don't get far. As soon as a bit more aquaplaning or rain scares you, then everyone will drop in front.’

    “The Australian sounds like he will be in full ‘honey badger’ mode in the race. ‘For us as a team and me as a driver, we are not fighting for a championship at the moment, and these are conditions that suit us,’ he said. ‘It is an opportunity in the race. To put it all on the line makes sense.’”

  190. Ricciardo targets first win of 2015

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who lines up third, is in a confident mood. 

    He says: "We have a genuine chance today of taking our first win. 

    "The track looks a lot drier that it did this morning and if it stays like this we will definitely start on time."

    Daniel Ricciardo
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  192. The grid

    We've had penalties for Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, so this is how the grid should be looking:

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Ricciardo 4) Kvyat 5) Perez 6) Hulkenberg 7) Massa 8) Verstappen 9) Alonso 10) Grosjean

    11) Button 12) Maldonado 13) Vettel 14) Ericsson 15) Nasr 16) Bottas 17) Rossi 18) Raikkonen 19) Stevens 20) Sainz

  193. Post update

    An observant tweet from Ferrari. They are indeed people. Wet people by the looks of it.

  194. Post update

    It is wet, possibly a tad windy, but that is not spoiling the enthusiasm of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Some very energetic dancing going on at the moment to entertain the crowd.

  195. Get involved #bbcf1

    How many titles could Hamilton win in his career?

  196. Post update