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Hamilton cuts into Rosberg lead by winning US Grand Prix

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 Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton cut 7 points out of Nico Rosberg's lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship, by beating his Mercedes teammate to win the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

Hamilton, starting from Pole Position, got off the grid without any issues and eased into the first corner to take the lead of the race. It was a lead he wouldn't relinquish over the 56 laps that followed as the Briton cruised to a win for the fifth time on American soil.

Nico Rosberg didn't have quite as comfortable a start. His attempt to close in on Hamilton going into Turn 1 opened the door for Daniel Ricciardo to sneak in alongside him, and the Australian took second place away from the German in the early exchanges, a decisive outcome as it allowed Hamilton to build a buffer at the start of the race.

Although Rosberg was able to reclaim second place from Ricciardo, and despite him eating chunks out of Hamilton's lead at the end of the race, the German just didn't have enough laps available to really put his teammate under genuine pressure, with the Briton finishing 4.5 seconds clear of Rosberg at the end. Hamilton probably had plenty more in the bag, and in all likelihood eased his way around the circuit over the final 5 laps to ensure that he wouldn't let the 25 points on offer slip.

While Ricciardo settled for a relatively comfortable third place, his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, underfire from fellow competitors all weekend, was forced to retire from fourth place with an engine issue. A similar fate was also in store for Kimi Raikkonen, who recorded a rare DNF this season.

That allowed Sebastian Vettel to move up the field to fourth, and the German also nicked in a late fastest lap to keep the Italian press at bay for possibly another week.

Fernando Alonso easily provided the most entertainment on the track, as he charged up the field late on, after having benefited tremendously from the virtual safety car deployed when Verstappen retired. The former world champion nicked fifth place ahead of Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa, both of whom were overtaken by the veteran McLaren driver late in the race.

His teammate Jenson Button finished 9th to make it a double points finish for the McLaren team.

Sergio Perez brought home the sole Force India in 8th place after Nico Hulkenberg was the race's first retiree after an opening lap mishap, while Romain Grosjean grabbed some absolutely vital points for Haas by finishing in 10th place.

Lewis Hamilton was delighted to get his 50th race win under his belt, but was mindful of the fact that he has a lot to do over the last three races of the season if he is beat Rosberg to the world title again this season.

The Briton said, "Finally my 50th win... All I can do is my best, Nico has been driving fantastically well, so the battle will continue, I will be going for it."

Rosberg now leads Hamilton by 26 points with the Formula One travelling caravan heading to Mexico City next weekend.

Top 10: 1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Ricciardo 4) Vettel 5) Alonso 6) Sainz 7) Massa 8) Perez 9) Button 10) Grosjean

All the Rest: 11) Magnussen 12) Kvyat 13) Palmer 14) Ericsson 15) Nasr 16) Bottas 17) Wehlrein 18) Ocon