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Texas triumph for Hamilton

OVERJOYED: Hamilton

AT THE US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on November 18, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton picked up his 21st career victory and fourth win of the season.

The 27-year-old Hamilton overtook world championship leader Sebastian Vettel on lap 42 at the Circuit of the Americas and maintained first place for the rest of the race to win his first grand prix since September.

Red Bull’s Vettel crossed the chequered flag in second and was joined on the podium by Fernando Alonso of Ferrari who finished third.

While Red Bull officially won the constructors’ championship in Austin, Vettel holds a 13 point lead over Alonso with one race remaining. Hamilton is ranked fourth in the standings.

Speaking after the race, a delighted Hamilton said: "To be able to beat Red Bull and Sebastian is definitely a tough challenge but we managed to do it.

"We weren't so bad in the first stint but weren't able to get past and in trying to do so my tyres went off. He came out ahead and the traffic worked out quit well. Traffic usually catches me out so I was glad it worked slightly in my favour."

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