Ten in Texas for Hamilton as Mercedes equal record

Sun Nov 2, 2014 5:21pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton took a big step toward a second Formula One world championship on Sunday with his 10th win of the season in a U.S. Grand Prix that saw Mercedes equal the record for one-two finishes.

The Briton stretched his lead over team mate Nico Rosberg to 24 points with two races and 75 points remaining, a gap that guarantees the title chase will go down to the final round in Abu Dhabi whatever happens in Brazil.

"It's been an incredible run. This whole season has been incredible really," said Hamilton after his fifth win in succession.

Rosberg started from pole position but Hamilton saw his chance and grabbed it when the German went wide into turn 12 on the 24th of 56 laps.

Hamilton went through on the inside, forcing his team mate onto the runoff on the exit in an emphatic move that left no room for reply.

"It kind of sucks but that's the way it is," Rosberg told former champion Mario Andretti in a podium interview with a sea of fans spilling onto the track below.

"It took too long for me to find my rhythm. Once Lewis got by I found my rhythm but it was too late."

The pair finished 4.3 seconds apart to equal McLaren's 1988 record, set by Alain Prost and the late Ayrton Senna, of 10 one-two finishes in a season.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the F1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif