Happy Hamilton determined to retain second

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton expressed his happiness after finishing the United States Grand Prix and vowed to retain second place in the constructors' championship for Mercedes.

Hamilton's fourth place means that Mercedes has a 15 point buffer over Ferrari with just a single race remaining in Brazil.

"That felt good out there this afternoon and I'm really happy with fourth place," he said.

"It was so nice to have a race where I could fight for position and make progress. The car felt much better today than recently so the change in chassis has definitely made a difference and a big thanks to my guys in the garage for their efforts there. I had a great start today and that was crucial to my race."

"We had to give up third place to Mark [Webber] fairly easily to make sure our tyre management and strategy worked as it was more important for the team to finish ahead of Ferrari."

"There was no way I was letting Fernando [Alonso] past at the end; I was ready for him to make his move and had a couple of tenths ready to pull out if he did! We've had a few difficult races on my side of the garage and I'm so proud of the team for all the hard work they have put in. We're all determined to maintain our second place at the final race in Brazil next weekend."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg was left to lament a poor qualifying that restricted him to ninth place.

"I made some nice overtaking moves but we weren't able to do much with the strategy today because of the single stop so it's disappointing to only have finished ninth as our car was quicker than that today," he said.

"Overall though, as a team we managed to increase the gap to Ferrari and that's a good result."

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