F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Which star earned his stripes in USGP?


Lewis Hamilton won, Sebastian Vettel clinched constructors' honours for Red Bull and Fernando Alonso prolonged the drivers' championship battle - but were they the stand-out performances in Austin?

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Taipan

November 19, 2012 11:15 AM

Good win by Lulu, drove well did nothing wrong but lets be realistic (hard concept for some of you I know) he went from 2nd to 1st, racing against a guy who had one eye on the title, vettel wasn't going to risk 18 points by fighting tooth and nail with Lulu was he? So it wasn't quite as epic as some of you claim.

Great drive by Massa, after the disapointment of the "penalty" he could have been forgiven for being dejected, but drove really well from 11th to 4th and was faster than Alonso all weekend.

Button also deserves a mention for a spirited drive.

ATX2012 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:29 AM

Lewis did take the win, as it was presented to him. Seb had done a great job of managing the gap and during the first stint was able to coax Lewis into wasting his tires. Seb had done exactly the same thing in the second stint until the cucumber boy decided to intervene... I suspect Seb would have continued to tantalize Lewis as he had done in the first half of the race, until he ruined his tires. Unfortunately the coverage in the US decided to focus on the back markers so we have no idea about the next 4 or 5 laps and what happened such that Lewis was able to stay clear of Seb and the DRS. For me though, Massa had the best drive of the race.

blublz

November 19, 2012 11:30 AM

Massa was excellent, (one Sky pundit asked him if Alonso had spoken to him about the penalty, Massa said yes , he doesnt think the team could find a guy like him), Team Ferrari were the stars of the race, their championship challenge should be dead and buried, but 'the team' have managed to stay in the race for nineteen races and are still in the race for Brazil.
p.s. Hamilton was very good though

richard

November 19, 2012 11:30 AM

ty. i wonder if that was sebs intention? he had the pace of lulu and was able to put in ftd. maybe he just decided to settle for second, rather than risk a pass?

but yes, drive of the day goes to flip. had he started from his original position, he could have been on the podium.

apart from top four, nobody really shone.

decko - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:56 AM

without doubt Hamilton, he made the race had it not been for him it would have been classed as a bore, the difference on the two cars was that Hamilton was supreme in the first sector leading onto the the DRS, it was looking like a matter of time until fuel comsumption seen him drop back, but on the hard tyre the ability to close in, even slowly meant that both were trying 100% and not settling for anything,. it was only a matter of time, aided by the backmarker, then it was a case of limiting vettel not to get in the DRS, but as Hamilton was mighty in the first sector vettel had no chance of that. As Hamilton aid later he could have cleared off, but with fuel at a margin a 1.2 to 1.5 second was all he was ensuring. Apart from Massa, Grosjean also had a good race after he went down to 18th, mind you silly sod for going off piste

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:34 PM

Drives of the day, FM, JB and also KR for some hard as nails but sooooo professional racing either when overtaking OR being overtaken.

Sportsmanship prize goes to FM, even if maybe it was a contractual obligation. for a precedent, check out the 1956 Italian GP where Peter Collins VOLUNTARILY gave his car over to Juan Manuel Fangio, who's car had failed, WITHOUT BEING ASKED, to enable Fangio to win the championship. Ironically, his team loyalty deprived a fellow Brit (Stirling Moss) from winning the championship.

rob01

November 19, 2012 12:36 PM

Without a doubt Lewis. The ONLY driver to breakaway with Vettel and stay on him until the pass was completed. The entire rest of the field were miles behind the front two. Including Alonso. Had it not been for Lewis, Vettel would have taken a Sunday drive in the park. I was there and KNOW exactly what the crowds were cheering for at each passing of the front two.

Jose - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:55 PM

Did any of you really think that Vettel was going to stay
in front of Lewis Hamilton..

Off topic, I was really amazed how soft spoken and knowable,
he was about many things out aside from racing..If you ever
meet him away from track you will be presently surprised..

Badman, Jose

Ian S - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:23 PM

I'm going to be generous to those on here who are denying Hamilton the accolade of being the driver of the day. You guys only saw the tv coverage. For those of us trackside, there is no doubt that this was a hard fought race that Lewis won by sheer skill and determination. He chased Vettel down hard to close to within the 1 second gap which allowed him to use the DRS. Even then his overtake was a stunning piece of skill and bravery. Vettel had the same chance to respond but was unable to. Face the truth you haters, Lewis just wanted it more.

Nikeros - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:28 PM

Alonso for another brilliant start, and for making the podium with an inferior car helped by a bit of luck. But although I hate to say it since I dislike Hamilton the person, I think Hamilton the driver did a great job. He even seemed likeable in the post-race ceremonies.

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