Analysis: How Hamilton dealt the final blow to Vettel
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Analysis: How Hamilton dealt the final blow to Vettel

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It may have looked like a walk in the park for Lewis Hamilton at the front of the field in Austin, but the reality is that the lingering threat of the two-stop strategy coming alive made it a nervous afternoon for the Mercedes crew.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, at the start
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H, the rest of the field at the start
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, battles with Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, battles with Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08

He didn't quite do enough to win his fourth world championship with three races to spare, but another superb performance from Lewis Hamilton in Austin has almost put the title beyond the reach of rival Sebastian Vettel.

This was a race that saw plenty of action up and down the field, including a pass for the lead – the second time Hamilton has put one over on Vettel this year, after Barcelona back in May.

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