Hamilton claims victory and World Championship title at US Grand Prix with the right tyre strategy

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Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for storming to victory at the United States Grand Prix and sealing his third World Championship following a thrilling race which centred around tyre strategy.

US Grand Prix inforgraphic

The action took place on a drying track and with no dry running before the race, along with two safety cars, tyre strategy was very complicated, according to Pirelli tyres.

While Hamilton notched up his 10th victory of 2015, his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg took second place and while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel could have kept the title race open until Mexico next weekend had he finished second, he only managed third place.

Paul Hembery, motorsport director, commented: “After several delays and washouts, we finally got the race we had been waiting for, where the wet conditions at the start added another fascinating tactical variable rather than just being an impediment to the action.

“As was inevitable with no dry running before the start, the teams had to read and react to the changing situation rather than rely on prior information, so it was the drivers who were able to work with their teams best under these challenging circumstances who won out.

“Congratulations to Lewis for a well earned third championship title, after a brilliant season. Right to the end, the final outcome of this grand prix was unclear, ensuring a thrilling finale to the race that the fans deserved most of all, after a weekend that is certainly going to be very memorable.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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