Mercedes stay ahead of Ferrari at Texas

Photo by Joe McGowan

Photo by Joe McGowan

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished the United States Grand Prix in fourth and ninth places on November 17th, scoring 14 points towards the Constructors’ Championship.

Sebastian Vettel was the victor at Circuit of the Americas, Texas, claiming a record-breaking eighth straight win – the most consecutive wins by any driver in a single season. Romain Grosjean for Lotus came in second place, followed by Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Despite flawless stops for both Mercedes-Benz drivers, with pit crews delivering times of less than 24 seconds, Hamilton still had some tyre management issues. With conflicting radio instructions to race engineers, Hamilton first called for no information on tyre wear, but later urged for feedback on tyre temperatures. Fortunately, the Briton still managed to secure fourth position.

Speaking after the race, Lewis Hamilton said: “We had to give up third place to Mark fairly easily to make sure our tyre management and strategy worked as it was more important for the team to finish ahead of Ferrari. We’ve had a few difficult races on my side of the garage and I’m so proud of the team for all the hard work they have put in.”

Nico Rosberg’s race was relatively uninspiring until he gained momentum on lap 34 by diving down the inside of turn 12 to move up to 10th position. Managing to claw ninth position, Rosberg said after the race: “I didn’t have a great weekend here in Austin unfortunately. It really started yesterday in Qualifying where I struggled with getting temperature into the tyres and starting from 12th place makes your race really difficult, especially in a one-stop race…Overall though, as a team, we managed to increase the gap to Ferrari and that’s a good result.

Mercedes-Benz is now 15 points ahead of Ferrari and 33 ahead of Lotus in the Constructors’ standings.

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