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Lewis Hamilton elated with 50th career win

  • Published on 23 Oct 2016 23:29
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Lewis Hamilton was happy to add to his United States Grand Prix win haul by taking his fifth win in the country, and his fourth at Circuit of the Americas.

The win, his 50th, also moves him to within one win of Alain Prost on the all time list.

Surprisingly, it was Hamilton's first pole position at COTA, but he made the most of it, leading from start to finish and never once being challenged at the front.

"This has always been a good hunting ground for me," he said after the race. "I love being in the USA. I'm proud of the team's effort this weekend"

"I completely forgot that it was the 50th [win]," he admitted. "It's been a long time coming. I've been here for 10 years and I've had lots of ups and downs. I've had the opportunity to work with some gifted people, and my family, without whom I wouldn't be here."

"It's surreal. I can't believe there's only three of us. Hopefully I'll go on to bigger and better things."All I can do is do my best and continue to drive as I have this weekend," he added.

However, he refused to be drawn on title talk, instead saying: "Nico has been driving fantastically well all year, so the battle will continue."

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US Circuit of the Americas - 23 October 2016

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