Lewis Hamilton Has Won The Inaugural U.S. Grand Prix In Austin And An Awesome Hat

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We have a winner of the first Formula One race in the United States since 2007, and it is McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

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Hamilton took the checkered flag after dramatically passing Sebastian Vettel with 14 laps remaining. Vettel finished second and Fernando Alonso finished third, leaving the title to be settled in Brazil next weekend.

"The fans have been amazing this weekend, so thank you so much," Hamilton said on the podium. "The warm welcome we've had has been fantastic and I think this is probably one of the best, if not the best Grand Prix we've had all year."

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I think the fans in America would certainly agree.

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With this win Red Bull wins their third consecutive constructor's championship. The good people at the Red Bull Suite started handing out t-shirts celebrating the fact to the collected faithful as well as champagne, so it's a bit of a shock that our shameless leader managed to wander back to the press room to file this photo of Neal Pollack showing one off.

The other victory may be for the Circuit of the Americas, which pulled off an exciting race in a short period of time that only experienced minor glitches.
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Wow, you really don't give a shit about people who can't follow the race weekend live, do you? Just because it's the American one...

At any rate, that was a great race. The cowboy hats were a bit lame, but whatever. I'm glad Lewis caught Vettel because a) it keeps the championship open and b) he deserves another win with McLaren. In fact, if their reliability was better, he'd be 50 points up on himself by now. That's racing though - to finish first, first you have to finish.

The big thing now? It's forecasted to rain at the Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend! 40% chance of showers, as the Sky guys kept saying. That could mix things up nicely. We've seen before how a wet Interlagos can spice things up...