USA Grand Prix 2015, Circuit of the Americas, Austin Texas – McLaren driver joins pantheon of three-time world champions
What a day, what a race, and what an achievement for Lewis Hamilton, who can now count himself among the world’s small number of Formula One heroes who have won three world championships.
It was, as Daniel Johnson writes, a race you had to see to believe.
The result of a dizzying United States Grand Prix read Hamilton, from Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, but what a day of ups and downs we had to get there. He never has liked to make it easy.
What a way to enter the record books, to become perhaps the greatest driver Great Britain has ever known, winning a race full of unrelenting drama and incident. What a way to emphatically demonstrate his nerve, his speed, his command of a stormy situation.
Hamilton joins Sir Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna, his childhood hero, in the pantheon of Formula One’s best, after a drive which will live long in the memory. How he kept his cool as chaos ensued, the result uncertain until the very last moment.
The result confirmed in the dying seconds, with Vettel chasing Rosberg hard, finally given a moment to catch his breath, the tears flowed for Hamilton.
But it was not without its mishaps – Hamilton missed out on pole position in the qualifying session and poor weather left many fans in Austin, Texas uncertain whether the race would even go ahead.
As Hamilton continues to raucously celebrate his victory – as he should – we are winding down our live coverage of the USA Grand Prix 2015.
But we continue to cover Hamilton’s astonishing win here, and you can read a full race report from our Formula One correspondent, Daniel Johnson, right here.
And for all the latest news and analysis of Formula One and the aftermath of the USA Grand Prix, click here.
But that’s all from me for now – good night. And well done, Lewis.