Kimi Raikkonen had a dream race in Austin last night, overtaking Hamilton on Turn 1 and then maintaining track position all through to win his first grand prix in 113 race starts.
It had been a long time coming for Kimi and his fans, as the Iceman had gone close to 5 years without winning a grand prix.
The past few seasons had been mixed for the Finn, as he had struggled for consistency, but this season, Kimi has been up for the fight, dishing out memorable performances in Monza and now in Austin.
The race got pretty heated up towards the end, with Hamilton, Verstappen and Raikkonen, all three standing a chance to grab the race win.
Hamilton was on fresher tyres, and was putting the pressure on Max, who was fending off the 4 time world champion with all his might.
Hamilton tried his best, but in the end, ended up running wide and losing crucial time and tyre grip.
Raikkonen them romped to the win, blurting out ‘f**king finally’ on the team radio and thanking his entire crew for their support.
Kimi will be moving to his boyhood team Sauber next year, after Ferrari decided to not renew his contract, and drafting in the young and impressive Charles Leclerc instead.
While Kimi is not the one to show much emotions, he did so a little bit last night, when he posted a couple of Instagram posts after the win.
He also reminded people(and probably himself too) that it was the same day when he won the championship in 2007.
In his second Instagram post of the night, Raikkonen posed with the United States Grand Prix trophy dedicated the award to his family, who has stood by him through thick and thin.
Raikkonen will be satisfied that he could get at least a win under his belt before bidding Ferrari goodbye.
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The championship race too is still alive, as Hamilton managed only 3rd position, despite starting the race from pole position. Mercedes’ tyre choices and management let them down, allowing Verstappen and Raikkonen to stay ahead of Hamilton(who was on a two stop strategy).
Vettel somehow managed to finish in 4th, overtaking Bottas right at the end. The Ferrari driver had spun early on in the race, making a mistake while trying to overtake Ricciardo.
But with 4th place, he ensured that the title race lives to see another day, but Hamilton should be able to wrap it up in Mexico, as he needs just 5 points to win his 5th World Title. Vettel on the other hand will have to win all of the last 3 races, something that isn’t quite likely, at least on current form.