Apologies for the delay in producing GP+. This was due to the concertina-ed schedule in Austin, resulting from Hurricane Patricia; and by the fact that the internet at the Circuit of the Americas stopped working, which meant that the media had to travel back to hotels in order to file…
Anyway, Lewis Hamilton is the World Champion of 2015 – the first British driver to win back-to-back titles and only the second Briton to win three in his career, alongside the great Sir Jackie Stewart. But it was not so much the numbers that mattered in Austin, it was how he did. What a race! After two dismal days on Friday and Saturday, qualifying had to take place on Sunday morning. It was still wet and the Q3 session never happened… but as the hours ticked by the weather improved. The track was damp at the start, but soon dried. And then the action began. Early on it Lewis’s race after a robust manoeuvre at the first corner. Then the Red Bulls came to the front. Then it was Nico’s turn to grab the spotlight and it looked like he had the whole thing sorted when, inexplicably, he went off the road on lap 49. Lewis pounced. And there was no catching him. It was a fabulous race, all the way down through the field, with Rosberg just holding off Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages, the Ferrari driver having driven through from 13th on the grid. In fourth place we had the extraordinary rookie Max Verstappen, driving with the assurance of a man twice his age. Further back we had a McLaren in the points and a Manor, driven by America’s Alex Rossi finishing 12th, to equal the team’s best performance of the year… It was a great advert for Formula 1 in America.
Also in GP+ this week…
– We look at the Ferrari IPO, and a possible return of Turkey to the F1 calendar
– We look back at Sauber’s 400 Grands Prix
– Stoffel Vandoorne talks about his GP2 title
– The amazing Ferdinand Porsche
– The story of the Gurney Flap
– JS talks about the weather
– DT visits an F1 legend
– The Hack chronicles the life and times of Bernie Ecclestone
– The light was awful in Austin, but Peter Nygaard lit up the tracks with his work
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