The United States GP offered Kimi Raikkonen a much needed victory, after 112 races. The event was so momentous Raikkonen welcomed it with an expletive. That his victory and a resurgent Verstappen in second would deny third placed Lewis Hamilton his title seemed almost fitting.

Verstappen had to start from the back of the pack, while Raikkonen had the P2 start because Vettel was fined for aggressive driving under red flags. Hamilton started on pole but Raikkonen got past on the first turn, while Vettel managed to make contact with Daniel Ricciardo, spinning off and finding himself back down in 15th spot.

However Vettel would still be happier than Alonso who got rammed by Lance Stroll and had to retire.

Two other drivers in an incident were Romain Grosjean and Charles Leclerc, with Grosjean being penalized for the collision that saw both drivers having to retire.

Raikkonen stayed ahead of Hamilton, with Bottas still very much in the reckoning, but Red Bull driver Ricciardo had another incident of power failure and had to drop out of fifth.

The resulting virtual safety car saw Hamilton dive in for tyres, allowing Hamilton to get back ahead of Raikkonen when the Ferrari came in, but Hamilton needed another tyre stop which deprived him of that advantage.

That’s when he rejoined in fourth behind Raikkonen, Verstappen and Bottas. Bottas seemed to give Hamilton his spot, but with a charging Vettel in fifth, it was just a matter of time before Vettel grabbed fourth from the Mercedes driver.

Despite the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen in the closing parts of the race, Hamilton couldn’t get ahead and in the process allowing a breather to Raikkonen.

The race ended with Raikkonen leading the Dutchman and Hamilton to the podium with Vettel bringing in a useful fourth ahead of Bottas, Hulkenberg and Sainz (delivering a good finish for Renault between them).

Kimi Raikkonen was his usual inscrutable self at the press conference, ”Obviously it’s a great feeling to win this race. It’s nice to prove to all the people that we can still win; that’s the reason we are here for, try to win races and Championships. It was an exciting race, not only for us but also for all those who were watching. We had a very solid weekend, I felt confident and I’m glad about that especially because lately we’ve had rough weekends for the team. I’m glad we had a fight and it’s nice to see that we still have the speed to go for it and fight has hard as we can. This weekend we found the car that we expected to have. The start was a key moment; In the first part of the race we had the speed, I tried to take care of tires and save fuel. Then the Mercedes stopped and came back on fresher tires: at that time, my target was to keep them behind before we, too, stopped for tyres. If Hamilton had passed us before our stop, it would have been a different story. We are still in the fight for both Championships and this is a good thing. We’re off to Mexico now, where we’ll try do the best we can and hopefully we can get a great result for both teams. We’ll keep fighting until the end.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes358363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari294317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari236205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes227305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing216168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault6943
11Sergio PerezForce India57100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault4554
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso290
16Charles LeclercSauber27 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1213
9Marcus EricssonSauber90
18Lance StrollWilliams640
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso40
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Red Bull Racing362368
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault6230
Force India Mercedes47187
Sauber Ferrari365
Toro Rosso Honda3353
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

Mexico28/10/2018Max VerstappenSebastian Vettel  Kimi Raikkonen
United States21/10/2018Kimi RaikkonenMax VerstappenLewis Hamilton
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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