Hamilton closes the gap on Rosberg after USA victory

Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's USA Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's USA Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s United States Grand Prix to collect his milestone 50th Formula One victory.

It was also his seventh win this season and his fourth victory in the five Formula One races at Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton’s margin of victory was 4.520 seconds over his Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.

The victory cut Rosberg’s advantage from 33 points to 26 points over his Brackley team-mate with only three races remaining.

Haas F1 Team came away with a point-paying result in its first race in America care of Romain Grosjean.

In his 100th Formula One start, Grosjean drove his Haas VF-16 to a tenth place finish. It was Grosjean’s fifth point-paying result this season and his first since the Austrian Grand Prix.

Grosjean got a good jump when the race went green, advancing from his 17th-place starting spot to 14th on the first lap. His Banbury team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez started 14th and also made his presence known by rising to tenth.

Gutiérrez engaged in a spirited duel with McLaren’s Jenson Button on lap three that saw them trade tenth place before the Briton eventually emerged on top. Grosjean continued his charge to the front and after five laps he was directly behind Gutiérrez in 12th.

Grosjean passed Gutiérrez for 11th on lap seven as they entered turn 12 and held the spot until his first pit stop at the end of lap ten.

Grosjean passed the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kyvatt for 12th on lap 22 and then gave chase to the Force India of Sergio Perez.

Grosjean made his second and final pit stop at the end of lap 27 and quick work by the crew allowed him to maintain his 12th-place standing.

When the Red Bull of Max Verstappen dropped out of the race on lap 29, Grosjean moved up to 11th. And when Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari retired on lap 39, Grosjean inherited tenth.

While Grosjean enjoyed a strong run, Gutiérrez’s race was cut short after 16 laps. A left-front brake failure sidelined his promising drive and left him instead with a 21st-place finish.