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Vettel hurting but keen to 'protect' Ferrari

Vettel hurting but keen to 'protect' Ferrari

Hamilton now holds a 59-point lead in the F1 drivers' championship over Vettel and can mathematically wrap-up the 2017 title next time out in the United States Grand Prix if he wins and Vettel finishes sixth or lower.

Vettel's mechanics changed his car's spark plug on the grid and seemed to have resolved the problem.

While Ferrari now focused on gaining crucial points with Raikkonen, Hamilton comfortably extended his lead over Verstappen by 2.8 seconds at the end of Lap 10.

Hamilton started from pole position, and with title rival Sebastian Vettel retiring early on, looked to have the race in his pocket.

He clinched his last world title at the Circuit of the Americas in 2015 with victory over Nico Rosberg. Verstappen was in next time around, which triggered an immediate response from the race leader on lap 22.

"In the world today, in Formula One it is a lot about reliability, it is about the team's whole performance, not just speed on the track", he added, saying that he was thankful to his team for the solid support. But we had a really good day again and the auto is definitely improving race-by-race. "I've just got to try to keep my head down and hopefully continue to perform like this". "Obviously it's not as much in our control as we like but overall I think the team is in a good way". We've done an incredible job so far.

"I feel especially sorry for Sebastian because that is a killer blow for his championship, and really for the fans as well", Horner said.

With his team mate Daniel Ricciardo finishing third, it proved to be another successful weekend for Red Bull.

But speaking after the race, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said the telemetry indicated there was no problem.

"Now I think we just have to get back, get some rest and go flat out for the last four races and see what happens". "So for sure we will look into everything if it could have been done better, but I understood the situation".

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: "This is a sport where you take no prisoners and reliability is part of making it to the end and we have been there in the last few years". "I just felt a couple of things so you just point out things that you might forget to tell them".

"I tried not to bother anyone".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes' Bottas took the third and fourth places respectively.

Force India scored a solid double points finish with sixth and seventh for Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, while Haas capitalised on the slow pace of Massa in the closing stages to snatch eighth and ninth.


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