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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    And that is the end of this live page.

    Thank you as always for joining us and for all your comments.

    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.

    Lewis Hamilton
  2. Hamilton on verge of title with win

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Austin

    Usain Bolt and Lewis Hamilton

    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.

  3. 'It doesn't feel real'

    Lewis Hamilton

    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."

  4. Listen again

    Here are a few things that are worth listening to again from our excellent BBC Radio 5 live commentary.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. '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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  9. 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.

  10. '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."

    Max Verstappen
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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.

  12. '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."

  13. 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.

  14. '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.

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    Video caption: Lewis Hamilton takes another step towards his fourth world drivers' championship.
  15. 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.

  16. The final results

    And this is the full result of how everybody finished.

    Final results
  17. 'Stunning'

    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

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

    Lewis Hamilton
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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

  19. '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."

    Usain Bolt and Lewis Hamilton
  20. '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."