Lewis Hamilton drove to a convincing victory in the United States on Sunday to close to within 26 points on his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with three races of the season remaining.
sHamilton’s victory was his seventh of the 2016 campaign, and his first since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim way back in July.
The British racer traditionally performs well at the Circuit of the Americas, and was a comfortable winner on Sunday having dominated the weekend throughout.
He said afterwards: “This was a great race and I am very pleased to have won again here in the United States.
“F1 is not a big sport in certain parts of America, so it’s great to give fans the chance to see cars in action. It’s a great tack and I enjoy racing here.”
On the title race, the Englishman added: “All I can do is do my best. Nico has been driving fantastically well all season but I will keep going.”
Rosberg was right behind Hamilton to finish in a steady second, a result that keeps the destiny of the title very much in the German’s hands.
He said: “Lewis enjoyed better pace all weekend and I wasn’t really able to challenge him for victory. There are three races left in 2016, and we are sure that this championship race is not over yet.”
Already crowned as the Constructors’ champions, the Brackley-based Mercedes team are now waiting to see which of their drivers will lift the Drivers’ title, with the battle between the two Silver Arrows duo to continue in Mexico this weekend.
Finishing third behind was Daniel Ricciardo, while Sergio Perez, driving for Silverstone-based Sahara Force India, maintained his good run of form by passing the chequered flag in eighth position.
The Mexican has scored points in 13 of this year’s races, including a top 10 finish in each of the last seven.
He heads to his home Mexican Grand Prix this weekend.
Standings after round 18: 1. Rosberg, 331pts; 2. Hamilton, 305; 3. Ricciardo, 227; 4. Vettel, 177; 5. Raikkonen, 170. Next race: Mexico, October 30.