Unbelievable! A sporting event actually ended the way I predicted it would end! Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix, followed by teammate Nico Rosberg and by Sebastian Vettel. That makes the Brit Formula 1 World Champion with three rounds to go.
It’s his third title and the second in a row. You’d think maybe he’d get tired of it by now, but the Mercedes driver was ecstatic after winning the race at Circuit of the Americas. That’s mainly because, so far, there had only been one British driver to be crowned three times: Jackie Stewart. Being 30 years old, Hamilton still has time to win a fourth title and cement a permanent spot in Grand Prix racing history. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll remain one of only 10 people that can brag about being triple World Champions. Well, some of them are dead, so they can’t brag about anything. But you know what I mean.
Another reason why Lewis Hamilton should be very happy about this third championship is because he’s proven that stopping Sebastian Vettel‘s boring run at “just” four consecutive World Championships was no accident. In fact, Bernie Ecclestone should thank Hamilton for making Formula 1 interesting again, in a time when the sport’s governing body is desperately trying to compensate for the huge gaps between teams’ technological development. Vettel and his fans should also thank Hamilton for winning the championship this year, again. The German admitted that losing the fight – with Hamilton winning the race, he needed to place at least 2nd in Texas to keep his title hopes alive – is very motivating for next season.
The third reason why Hamilton is certainly ecstatic with this third title is because he’s now on par with his hero, Ayrton Senna. At least in terms of championships won. Last but not least, Hamilton should be very happy about his feat because, at the end of the season, he’ll be taking home an extra $7.7 million. That’s his reported bonus for winning the title. I don’t care who you are or how much you make, $7.7 million is a nice payout! And an added motivation to keep beating other guys to the finish line. That and the reported $1.15 million race win bonus, of course.
The United States Grand Prix itself was very interesting to watch. It was looking as though the fat lady wouldn’t be singing in Austin and Hamilton would have to postpone celebrations. 48 laps into the 56-lap race, Nico Rosberg was leading… until, pressured by his Mercedes teammate, the German made a mistake in Turn 12 and Hamilton was able to take advantage. It nearly wasn’t enough for the reigning World Champion, as Vettel was alson chasing down on an obviously disappointed and less-determined Rosberg. There wasn’t enough time, however, and Lewis Hamilton took his tenth win of the season, with Vettel third and out of championship contention. That certainly leaves Rosberg wondering if he needs to switch teams to stand a better chance at winning the championship, after finishing 2nd to Hamilton in no less than seven races this season.