Mon, Oct 23, 2:19pm by Head Editor
Lewis Hamilton moved one step closer to securing his fourth Drivers Championship with the 62nd win of his career in Austin, Texas.
While the Brit was celebrating, Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo couldn’t conjure up one of his trademark smiles as his run of three straight podiums came to an end on the 16th lap when the engine on his Red Bull failed.
The West Australian started fourth on the grid and was in an entertaining battle with the third-placed Valtteri Bottas, but his day was over early, announcing on the radio to his team that the “engine’s gone”.
32-year-old Hamilton’s win was his ninth of the season, and means that Sebastien Vettel, who came second, needs to score 17 points more than the Briton in Mexico City next weekend to keep the Drivers’ Championship alive.
Despite starting on pole, the three-time champion gave up the lead early in the race, to Vettel, who started the better from second on the grid, but six laps later order was restored, and that’s the way it stayed.
The win sees Hamilton move to 331 points in the standings, Vettel sits on 265 and Bottas on 244. Ricciardo sits fourth on 192 points, coming from a win and nine podium finishes he’s achieved this season.
The Briton is $1.01 to be crowned Champion ahead of Vettel at $26. Hamilton is also favourite to win next weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix at $1.73. Vettel is $3.75 ahead of both the Red Bull driver’s Max Verstappen ($6), who originally finished third in Texas, but was given a five-second penalty for cutting the track when he overtook Kimi Raikkonen, which saw him relegated to fourth.
Ricciardo is at $9 to win at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, a track he’s had some success at in the past, including a third-placed finish last year.
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