Lewis Hamilton’s Wins.
Vettel led the opening five laps but it was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who went on to dominate the race, winning by 10 seconds from his title rival as the result means Mercedes secure the 2017 constructors’ crown, but the drivers’ battle goes on to next weekend’s round in Mexico.
When Vettel got the jump on pole setter Hamilton at the start, it looked as if Ferrari were going to get the win they needed, but it soon became clear that the silver car, right behind him, had better pace. And when the points leader sliced decisively down the inside of him on the sixth lap, that was pretty much all she wrote.
Hamilton had a scare on the 20th lap as he emerged from what transpired to be his sole pit stop, and Vettel, who had stopped three laps earlier, had wiped out a 4.4s deficit and was almost right on him. Hamilton wasn’t amused and rebuked his team, but at the same time he quickly pulled away again, and when Vettel had to stop again on the 39th lap, it was also soon clear that Mercedes would not need to do the same.
Though Hamilton still needs nine points to secure the drivers’ title – just fifth place in Mexico next weekend will be enough – Mercedes cemented the constructors’ championship, and now have 575 points to Ferrari’s 428, Red Bull’s 315 and Force India’s 159.
No 1-LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES ( GBR ) 331 Points
No 2-SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI ( GER ) 265 Points
No 3-VALTTERI BOTTAS MERCEDES (FIN) 244 Points
No 4-DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL RACING (AUS) 192 Points
No 5-KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI (FIN) 163 Points
No 6-MAX VERSTAPPEN RED BULL RACING (NED) 123 Points
No 7-SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA (MEX) 86 Points
No 8-ESTEBAN OCON FORCE INDIA (FRA) 73 Points
No 9-CARLOS SAINZ RENAULT (ESP) 54 Points
No 10-FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS (BRA) 36 Points
Its Awesome that such a young driver is experiencing this kind of career Well Done Lewis.