October 25, 2015 – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling United States Grand Prix to seal his third World Championship.

In a dramatic race of changing fortunes, it looked like Hamilton had lost his chance to claim the title in Austin as Rosberg had been able to pit under a Virtual Safety Car, while the Brit stayed out.

But another Safety Car, after Daniil Kvyat crashed out, allowed Hamilton to get back onto the German’s tail.

With just under 10 laps to go, Rosberg lit up his rear tyres exiting Turn 16 and slid off the track through Turn 17, allowing Hamilton to cruise past and take his 43rd grand prix victory and third world crown.

Rosberg finished second, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the only other man who could deny Hamilton the title today.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel could have kept the race open until Mexico next weekend had he finished second, but could manage only third place behind Rosberg.

Hamilton becomes only the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to win three Formula 1 drivers’ titles.

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1h50m52.703s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 2.850s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 3.381s
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 56 22.359s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 56 24.413s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 56 25.619s
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 56 28.058s
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 56 32.273s
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 56 40.257s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 56 53.371s
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 56 54.816s
12 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 56 1m15.277s
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 41 Spun off
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 35 Collision
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 25 Brakes
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 25 Retirement
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 23 Retirement
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 10 Brakes
Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 5 Retirement
Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1 Retirement

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