Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix in 2015 and clinched the Drivers’ Championship title for the third time in his career. The US Grand Prix was a chaotic race, with eight retirements, two safety car deployments, two virtual safety car deployments and crashes. Hamilton’s team mate Rosberg came in second place and Sebastian Vettel in third place.
Qualifying took place under difficult weather conditions, with several delays on Sunday morning. The whole qualifying session was a disaster, rained out, and the third round cancelled due to bad weather. This meant that the first two round times were used, giving Rosberg pole position. Carlos Sainz crashed during the first round, which meant he did not qualify. He was later given permissions by stewards to race. Rosberg was followed by Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel on the grid.
Right off the start, Hamilton took the lead, with Rosberg getting a terrible start to the race. The wet conditions caused problems for many drivers, with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson colliding – but both drivers were able to continue the race. Will Stevens was forced out of the race on lap 1, quickly followed by Valtteri Bottas in lap 5. Lap 10 saw Romain Grosjean retire. In lap 15, Ricciardo took the lead, but Hamilton remained less than one second behind him. Lap 23 saw Felipe Massa retire, followed quickly by Marcus Ericsson and Nico Hülkenberg. At this point, the race was still open, as Rosberg set the fastest lap time, followed by Hamilton. This didn’t last for long, as Hamilton took the lead again in lap 40, followed by Vettel and Rosberg. With 16 laps left in the race, a win by Hamilton would clinch the Drivers’ Championship title for him. The next retirement was Kvyat, who crashed into a barrier, but he was unhurt. Then it was Rosberg back in the lead in lap 45, with Hamilton in second place and Vettel in third place. This may have been Rosberg’s error, as his tyres lose traction, he is overtaken by Hamilton by lap 48. Hamilton was now unstoppable and took the chequered flag.
Hamilton’s win at the US Grand Prix clinches the Drivers’ Championship title for him this season, the third in his career. Vettel remained in second place with 251 points and Rosberg in third place with 247 points. Fourth and fifth places remained unchanged, with Raikkonen (123 points) and Bottas (111 points). Three drivers have yet to score points: Roberto Merhi, Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi.
The Constructors’ Championship standings remained unchanged after the US Grand Prix, with Mercedes clinching the title with 574 points. Ferrari remained in second place with 374 points and Williams-Mercedes in third place with 220 points. Only one team has yet to score any points this season, Marussia-Ferrari.
Full Race Results
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:50:52.703s
- Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +2.850s
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +3.381s
- Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) +22.359s
- Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) +24.413s
- Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) +28.058s
- Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso-Renault) +30.619s
- Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Mercedes) +32.273s
- Felipe Nasr (Sauber-Ferrari) +40.257s
- Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) +53.571s
- Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Honda) +54.816s
- Alexander Rossi (Marussia-Ferrari) +1:15.277s
Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull-Renault) retired, lap 41
Nico Hülkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) retired, lap 35
Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) retired, lap 25
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) retired, lap 25
Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) retired, lap 23
Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Mercedes) retired, lap 10
Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) retired, lap 5
Will Stevens (Marussia-Ferrari) retired, lap 1