AUSTIN, Texas – A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Lewis Hamilton past Sebastian Vettel, and the McLaren driver went on to win the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday in the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007.
The drivers' championship will be settled next week in Sao Paolo, Brazil, after Vettel finished second and Fernando Alonso third.
Vettel started the race in the pole position and led the first 41 laps before Hamilton caught him, sneaking past Vettel just before cars reached the tight corner on turn No. 12 at the Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton started in the No. 2 position and pushed the Red Bull driver at every opportunity.
Vettel, the defending two-time Formula One champion, remained slightly ahead of Ferrari's Alonso in the drivers' championship.