Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to stay in F1 title chase
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton got the victory he needed to keep his Formula One championship hopes alive, winning the U.S. Grand Prix for the fourth time in five years Sunday.
Hamilton cut Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg's points lead to 26 with three races to go. Rosberg finished second ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to maintain a relatively comfortable cushion over Hamilton in the title chase.
Rosberg doesn't have to win any of the final three races to get his first career Formula One championship, even if Hamilton wins all of them. Two more seconds and a third place will wrap it up. But that also means Rosberg can't afford a bad race if Hamilton is going to make a late charge.
Hamilton started from pole position and got one of his best starts of the season to hold position for his seventh victory of the season.