With the latest victory in what was one of the most thrilling GPs in recent times, Lewis Hamilton has given his clearest hint yet that he intends to fight right until the end of the season despite the fact that he’s out of the championship hunt. The McLaren driver, who started second on the grid, ran a near faultless race and eventually got the better of race leader Sebastian Vettel on lap 42.

 

Following the Brit and the German to the chequered flag was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. The former double world champion started on seventh position on the grid, following Ferrari’s deliberate attempt to give Felipe Massa a five-place penalty by fiddling with the latter’s gearbox, thus violating the pre-race regulations.

2012 Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins at Austin

 

Felipe Massa finished fourth ahead of Jenson Button, who drove at an impressive pace after qualifying on twelfth place. The Lotus duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean continued the team’s run of strong points-scoring finishes. Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna took home the final few points.  

 

Fernando Alonso’s podium finish means that the hunt for the championship title will go down to next week’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo – the 20th and final race of the season.