Performance Podium: United States

1) Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)

Starting from the dirty side of the grid, Lewis Hamilton unsurprisingly lost second to Mark Webber into the first corner, but fought back well to take the place back on lap four.

The McLaren driver then set about catching Sebastian Vettel, and got to within a second during the first stint before his tyres went off. He didn’t let this deter him, and resumed his charge in the second half of the race, harrying Vettel for lap after lap down the back straight until lap 42 when he took full advantage of the DRS to go around the outside of the Red Bull driver and take the lead.

Hamilton then held on for the remaining 14 laps to take a fully deserved fourth win of the season and win at a new circuit for the first time of his career.

2) Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)

After a throttle problem during qualifying left him down in 12th on the grid, Jenson Button recovered well on race day to finish fifth.

Despite a poor start in which he dropped several places on the first lap, Button fought back to gain several positions in the first few laps. He took advantage of starting on the harder tyre to stay out much longer than anyone else and remained competitive until his pit stop to rejoin in sixth.

Although he lost out to Romain Grosjean at turn one after he exited the pits, he recovered well to pass both him and the Frenchman’s Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen to take fifth place and cement a good drive after his qualifying troubles.

3) Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

After being forced to take a gearbox penalty by Ferrari in order to benefit teammate Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa could have been forgiven for running a subdued race on Sunday.

But the Brazilian drove a fine race, moving from 11th to 9th on the first lap and then gaining several positions in the first stint. He then began pursuing Kimi Raikkonen and looked to have gained his reward after his pit stop when he rejoined in front of the Lotus driver, only to see the Iceman pass him a lap later.

That was not the end of it though, as Massa continued to harrass the Finn and got his reward on lap 40 when he made a move stick into turn one to take an impressive fourth place.

Stephen D’Albiac


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