For a week end that threatened to be a complete disaster, the 2015 United States Grand Prix turned out to be a cracker of a race.
Have no fear, Axis is here!
Hamilton made it number 3 treating Rosberg like number 2.
Did he have to win it ugly, pushing his teammate off the road again as he had in Suzuka a few weeks back?
Well, champions are hardly ever saints, God knows Alonso and Vettel are not and for sure Senna, Schumacher, Prost or even Fangio never were.
And, like all champions, luck came his way, in Austin with well timed safety cars.
But at the end of the day, it was Rosberg who threw it away, no question about that.
Nico is too polite, he hasn't really been the same since Spa 2014. He let Hamilton out-politic him within the team and how management feels about him was evidenced by the facial expressions after his error.
Next year it might not be the walk in the park it was this season for Mercedes, the team will certainly rally even more around Lewis. For Rosberg, prospects of a world championship look very dim at this point.
Mixed conditions favor drivers over machines and we saw great performances from Vettel, Ricciardo, Sainz, Verstappen, Button. Ferrari's pace bodes well for next year, especially as they are yet to finish spending all their engine development tokens and were running with a "Monza spec" power unit.
Let's hope so and perhaps people will start paying more attention to racing on track rather than praise drivers for their instagram accounts. We don't want Lewis Kardashian ending up in a Vegas brothel after all!
Congratulations @lewishamilton !!!! We are soooo proud of you!!!!!! #champion #x3… https://t.co/p4q6jvVm9j— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) October 26, 2015