39-year-old Kimi held off Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to seal his first win at the 2018 United States GP since returning to Ferrari in 2014.
Behind Kimi was general chaos in the race, with contact between Lance Stroll, Romain Grosjean, a frustrated Fernando Alonso, and Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen took full advantage of the various scuffles, making his way through the field after starting 18th, making up 9 places. His perseverance continued, and he came in 2nd. His teammate, Ricciardo, didn’t have quite the same success, having his 7th retirement of the season and perhaps a sore hand after taking his frustrations out, on a wall in his room, after the race.
After receiving a 3-place grid penalty from Friday practice, and starting 5th, Vettel touched wheels with Daniel Ricciardo in the main race and spun, momentarily halting his progress through the track. He did, however, manage to finish in 4th keeping his hopes of the Driver’s Championship title still alive, if only by a fraction.
Hopes are high going into the next race in Mexico for Lewis Hamilton, only needing 7th or better to take his 5th title. He ran a safe race in Texas and will probably do the same in Mexico. It would be good to see him get a win in Mexico, or at least a podium, if he is to win the Driver’s Championship title there.
Fans were left puzzled watching the race at home as, for TV viewers, race commentary was briefly interrupted by a fan at the track making constant car noises in the background as each car passed them. Now known on social media as the F1 Neeooww man!
So, with only a few days to go until the 5 lights go out once again, will we be seeing some very tactical team orders on Sunday? Will Kimi surprise us all with another win & a grin? Will Lewis play it safe or race hard in Mexico? Will the Neeooww Man make a comeback? I guess we’ll see this weekend, we do love back to back races here at Paddockzone! Neeeoooowwwww!