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Raikkonen hinders Hamilton at US GP

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen (right) of Finland passes Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, during the Formula One US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, yesterday.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP):

Kimi Raikkonen earned his first win since 2013 and a big day from Ferrari at the US Grand Prix yesterday, denying Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fifth career Formula One championship.

The Mercedes driver could have closed out the season title with a result that would have left him eight points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. But Hamilton's third-place finish, the first time he has not won the US Grand Prix since 2013, and Vettel's fourth, pushed the championship back another week to Mexico City.

Raikkonen, a former world champion, won a race that saw a blistering finish. Hamilton made a late charge for second, only to be denied by Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Vettel made a key move into fourth in the final laps to keep the championship alive.