Lewis Hamilton wins United States GP

Lewis Hamilton overcame Nico Rosberg to win the United States GP in Austin.

Hamilton edged closer towards the World Championship on Sunday when he overcame his rival to secure his fifth in a row.

The win means Hamilton now beats Nigel Mansell’s records for most victories by a British driver in a season – ten – while the Mercedes driver also beat the 1992 World Champion’s career tally with his 32nd win.

Having outqualified Hamilton by an impressive 0.4s on Saturday, Rosberg had appeared the front runner in the early laps at the Circuit of The Americas, however Hamilton closed on his Mercedes team-mate after their first pit stops and took over the lead with a bold move at the end of the back straight on lap 24.

He was never headed thereafter and was 4.3s ahead by the chequered flag. And in terms of the title battle, Hamilton now holds a 24-point lead over Rosberg with just two races left to run.

“I had a great competitor today and I’m really grateful to be up front,” said Hamilton.

“I’m really excited; it’s such a privilege to be representing my country and to be top of the driver wins is quite special.”