Stick a fork in him, Nico's done.
If you do the math, you will notice that after his win in the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Hamilton only needs to finish second behind Rosberg in the final two races of the season to win the championship. So, he could conceivably play the two final matches of the season safe.
He probably will not so a surprise is still possible.
In the Rosberg camp, it means he could be perfect in Brazil and Abu Dhabi and it would still not be good enough, today's pass was a heavy one. Rosberg showed he has the raw speed but does not have the instinctive race craft of Hamilton.
"...it kind of sucks for me but that's the way it is. It took too long for me to find the rhythm. Once Lewis was by I found it but it was a bit late"
That is a hard admission to make, one that feels like a white flag. Rosberg has not been the same since the team came down on Lewis' side after Spa.
As for Hamilton, with 10 wins this season, he really should have had this sewn up long ago. Happy he did have all those DNF's because there is still some reason to watch. Of the two, there is no question he has had the edge overall.
25 seconds behind the Mercedes's race, Austin gave us one of the most entertaining races of the year, one that at times resembled a Moto GP race much was the passing back and forth action. Great show from Vergne, Ricciardo, Alonso. Even Maldonado drove a great race, Quite amazing.
A great results for COTA, Pirelli and yes, Herman Tilke!
2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
|2||6||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||56||+4.3 secs||1||18|
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||56||+25.5 secs||5||15|
|4||19||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||56||+26.9 secs||4||12|
|5||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes||56||+30.9 secs||3||10|
|6||14||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||56||+95.2 secs||6||8|
|7||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||56||+95.7 secs||18||6|
|8||20||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||56||+100.68 secs||7||4|
|9||13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||56||+107.87 secs||10||1|
|10||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Renault||56||+108.86 secs||14||2|
|11||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||55||+1 Lap||16|
|12||22||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||55||+1 Lap||12|
|13||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||55||+1 Lap||8|
|14||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||55||+1 Lap||15|
|15||26||Daniil Kvyat||STR-Renault||55||+1 Lap||17|
|Ret||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||16||Engine||13|
|Ret||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1||Accident damage||11|