He sets his sights on winning fourth driver of year honors
By Frederick H. Lowe
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man on two feet, handed a pair of gold and purple track shoes to Lewis Hamilton, the world’s fastest Formula 1 driver, after Hamilton won the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
“I think this is my favorite track,” Hamilton told Bolt who interviewed him on the winners’ podium. Hamilton, a black Englishman, then raised his hands in victory and jumped high into the air before taking the Union Jack from a willing spectator and putting it around his shoulders.
Hamilton has won the U.S. Grand Prix four consecutive times and five times overall. The U.S. Grand Prix returned to the United States in 2012. Overall, Hamilton has won nine Formula 1 races this year.
His victory on Sunday has put him within striking distance of his fourth world drivers’ championship. Hamilton who had 331 points at the end of Sunday’s race needs only nine points to win the drivers’ championship. He can finish fifth in Mexico’s Grand Prix October 29th in Mexico City and take another big trophy.
Hamilton drives for Mercedes AMG and Mercedes wrapped up a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship, which goes to the best manufacturer at the U.S. Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s appearance at the U.S. Grand Prix was a celebrity event. Former President Bill Clinton handed Hamilton’s the first-place trophy. Actor Woody Harrelson and Gayle King of CBS This Morning attended the race.
Before the race, Hamilton gave Bolt a fast spin in a Mercedes that wasn’t a Formula 1 car. “How are you feeling after our drive?” Hamilton asked Bolt. “I’m still a bit nervous,” Bolt answered. “Honestly, bro, I’m honored that you’re here. It’s a humbling experience,” Hamilton told Bolt, who holds world records in the 100 and 200 meters.
Vettel led Hamilton in the race’s first five laps but Hamilton took the lead and kept it.