Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in Sunday’s 2016 United States Grand Prix from Circuit of the Americas, while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen retired following a strange sequence of events in the pits. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole, beating teammate Nico Rosberg to the finish line by 4.52 seconds.
Raikkonen was faster than his teammate in Saturday’s qualifying session and lined up fifth on the grid ahead of Vettel in sixth. When the lights went out, Raikkonen got a strong start and worked his way around Verstappen through Turn 1, splitting Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo and him, who started third and fourth, respectively. Vettel followed the front runners into Turn 2 in sixth with Williams’ Felipe Massa in tow behind him.
Ricciardo worked his way around Rosberg by the time the field had reached the esses and immediately began putting the pressure on Hamilton. The Briton kept the Australian at bay for the opening laps until Red Bull pitted Ricciardo for soft tires on Lap 8. Mercedes brought Rosberg in for Mediums on the 10th lap and Hamilton in on for softs on the 11th, briefly giving the lead to Vettel.
Following the pit sequence, Vettel reentered the track in sixth behind Hamilton, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Verstappen and Raikkonen. Verstappen soon broke down with gearbox problems and pulled off track, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car. Mercedes quickly pitted both their drivers for medium tires, which effectively put Ricciardo out of the race.
Hamilton and Rosberg chased eachother for the race’s remainder but the German was unable to catch Hamilton, with the Briton securing his 50th career F1 win. Ricciardo slotted in behind the two Mercedes’ for third, while Vettel drove a strong race to come home fourth. Raikkonen retired after leaving the pits with loose right rear tire, helping McLaren’s Fernando Alonso to lock down a fifth place result.
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