Hamilton in a bitter struggle to break US GP victory from Vette

Shortly before the start of the race the Grand Prix of the United States in 2012 on a new racetrack in Austin Ferrari team took the unusual tactic, sacrificing the sixth starting position of Felipe Massa, tearing the protective seal from the gearbox on his car. According to the rules, change the gearbox punishable by a fine or minus five positions. Even though the box on the Brazilian car did not change, the violation of the seal posluzhildo formal reason for the imposition of a fine. Thus, it is possible to failures qualifications Alonso move to the grid from eighth to seventh position, located on a clean half straight. The very start, fortunately, been without incident, which feared some pilots. Sebastian Vettel kept the lead, Hamilton missed ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando once went to the fourth position. Michael Schumacher with his fifth place rolled back slightly, and then his tendency to loss of position only intensified. The most active group of leaders proved Lewis Hamilton, who has managed not only to catch up to be ahead of Webber, but around it. A few laps later, Mark was the victim of technical problems on his Red Bull and was forced to go the distance. The first wave of pit stops leaders held at about the same time, with the Ferrari mechanics a little hesitated to change the rear right wheel on the car Alonso that cost the Spaniard a few seconds. Stay on track Massa and Button at any time took the lead, but after their own stop in the pits, Fernando returned to third place. Meanwhile, Lewis overtook Sebastian and put pressure on him for more than a dozen laps. Active attacking actions Briton still to bear fruit – Hamilton took the lead of the race and then was able to bring it to victory. Vettel finished second, having played in the championship standings three points from Alonso, who crossed the finish line third. Thus, the question about the champion’s title will be decided next week in the Brazilian Interlogase – in the asset at the German an advantage of 13 points over the Spaniard. Felipe Massa once again had a great race, finishing fourth at the start, after his penalty, with 11 seats. While Ferrari ahead of McLaren in the constructors’ championship, but only in the fight for second place, since the victory of Vettel in the United States has provided the Red Bull premature victory in the team competition. Following Massa crossed the line Jenson Button (5th place), and then finish the pilots Lotus – Kimi Raikkonen (6th place) and Romain Grosjean (7th place). We rounded out the top ten Nico (8th place) and the pilots Williams – Pastor Maldonado (9th place) and Bruno Senna (10th place). So, a week later we are waiting for the final stage of the championship of the 2012 season – the Grand Prix of Brazil, which will put an end to the fight for the championship in the standings. Which of the two will be the two-time champions three times – will know very soon.

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