United States GP as it happened

Text and video highlights of the United States GP in Austin, where Sebastian Vettel has won a record eight races in a row.

17 November 2013 Last updated at 17:54

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  1. 2155: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Will there be more tears of joy for Sebastian Vettel at the season finale in Brazil next Sunday, will Mark Webber cap his Formula 1 career with his 10th victory or will the weather intervene to throw the formbook out the window and produce yet another Interlagos classic? Join me and the team - who will be live across TV, radio and online - to find out. Until then, it's goodbye from me. Yee-hah!

  2. 2150: 

    Right then, time for me to wrap up this live text commentary. Thanks for your company and contributions, it's been a blast. After a long season, the end is in sight - with just one more race to go. I'll be back on Friday 22 November at 1130 GMT to take you through first practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  3. 2145: 

    "I've got to sort myself out," says McLaren's Jenson Button, after finishing 10th and rescuing a point. It's not been a vintage weekend for the 2009 world champion. He looked quick in practice but then put himself on the back foot when he overtook under red flags in practice and picked up a three-place grid penalty. The race was hard work but a late pass on Ricciardo ensured a point. "This weekend I didn't pull it all together."

  4. 2138: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    This win clearly meant a lot to Sebastian Vettel. The German has had an astonishing season, winning 12 of the 18 races - and there's still one to go, at Brazil's brilliant Interlagos next weekend.

  5. 2132: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth, said a new chassis made a huge difference to his competitiveness. Mercedes found a crack in the 2008 world champion's chassis after Abu Dhabi so gave him a new one for Austin.

    "The car was night and day different compared to where it was in Abu Dhabi, so I'm sure the new tub helped," said Hamilton. "To finally have a half decent qualifying, move forward, utilise the tyres and have life left in them, makes me really, really happy."

  6. 2126: 

    The organisers have opened up the track to allow the fans to file on and explore the undulations and sweeping turns of the Circuit of the Americas. It'll take some effort just to climb up the hill to Turn One...

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    Phil, via 81111: Watching Vettel is boring and too predictable. Roll back the years of amazing risk takers driving prams they'd win in - Senna, Prost, Mansell, Hill, Stewart, Hunt etc. No computer controlled cars in those days.

    Andre, via 81111: Respect where its due - Vettel is world class - stop comparing drivers in the same car - it isn't ever going to happen - this isn't a horse race handicap as per grand national - Vettel can only keep winning - if all cars were the same - I'd back him.

  8.  
    Romain Grosjean

    Lotus: Somebody's got that Texas spirit...

  9. 2120: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    That was Sebastian Vettel's 38th career victory and now stands one way from matching Alberto Ascari's record for consecutive F1 world championships victories which was set over the 1952 and '53 seasons.

    "It's an amazing record," said BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard. "Man and machine in perfect harmony."

  10. 2115: 

    Fifth place for Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was enough to secure second place in the drivers' standings, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton also claiming third place overall, climbing above Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen, who did not take part in this race and will be absent from the finale in Brazil, too.

  11.  

    Red Bull: That's Seb's eighth win in a row, a new record for a single season, passing Michael Schumacher's 2004 benchmark. Mark finishes third behind GRO. That's Mark's 41st career podium finish.

  12. 2110: 
    US GP RESULT

    1) Vettel 2) Grosjean 3) Webber 4) Hamilton 5) Alonso 6) Hulkenberg 7) Perez 8) Bottas 9) Rosberg 10) Button 11) Ricciardo

    12) Vergne 13) Massa 14) Gutierrez 15) Kovalainen 16) Di Resta 17) Maldonado 18) Bianchi 19) Van der Garde 20) Pic 21) Chilton

    Retirement: Sutil

  13. 2105: 

    Poor Mario Andretti. He wanted a picture with the top three after the interviews, but Webber had already done a runner. "Maybe he's sweating too much," jokes Vettel.

  14.  

    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who finished third: "I think pole was very important yesterday and it probably cost me a better result today. I should have qualified better and it was difficult to be in a good position on Turn One from there. We all wanted to be on the outside.

    "It was not easy to pass Romain who was very clean but a good job for the whole team and I'm happy to finish on the podium on what will be my last F1 race here in America. But see you next year with Porsche."

  15.  

    Lotus' Romain Grosjean, who finished second: "It was a good race, a good start and I got past Mark and almost caught Seb. The car worked well today, I'm very proud to represent Lotus. Everyone did a 100% job and I'm glad to be on the podium here in the United States - I like this country and I always look forward to this beautiful track. Maybe next year I will go one better."

  16.  

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who finished first: "I don't know how I do it if I'm honest. It's impossible to know what to say. I want to say thanks to the crowd. It's unbelievable to have more than 100,000 here on Sunday in only our second year. The city is going crazy.

    "The car was fantastic. It was a bit tight at the start, Romain had a good start and I didn't know if it would be enough. We had good pace though and could control the gaps for eight wins in a row.

    "My debut was in 2007 in Indianapolis so to come back last year, podium and win today, it's fantastic."

  17. 2056: 

    Sadly there are no Pirelli cowboy hats for the podium finishers, but we do have the legendary 1978 world champion Mario Andretti on hand to do the interviews...

  18. 2052: 

    Sebastian Vettel takes his place on the top step of the podium, which is flanked by Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, before the anthems kick off.

  19.  
    US GP

    Ferrari: Alonso did his best, as usual, but it was not enough to stay in front of Mercedes today.

  20. 2049: 

    We've just seen a replay of Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez and Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne making contact on the final lap, with the former trying a move down the inside. Gutierrez spun off into the gravel but recovered to the track to finish the race. That incident is now under investigation.

  21.  

    Mercedes: And that's the line. Fourth place for @LewisHamilton after a very strong, measured drive. Great job. 14 points in total means we out-scored Ferrari and minimised the loss to Lotus. Solid job and important points.

  22. 2047: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is doing some doughnut spins again to celebrate his 12th win of the season. BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard gives him 11 out of 10 for them.

  23. 2045: 
    TEAM RADIO
    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel becomes the first man in history to win eight races in a row in a single season. "Speechless, we have to remember these days," says the German on the radio. "There's no guarantee they will last. I love this team. Incredible, I love you guys."

  24.  
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    US GP

    Sebastian Vettel wins the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

  25.  
    LAP 56

    Sebastian Vettel starts the final lap in the lead of the United States Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso under heavy pressure from the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg.

  26.  

    Cameron Buckle: Vettel winning again. So boring my brother has actually fallen asleep on my foot, I have pins and needles now.

  27.  
    LAP 55

    Some very opportunistic driving from Jenson Button who goes around the outside of Daniel Ricciardo at Turn One and then keeps his foot in it on the inside to take the position. The McLaren driver is now 10th.

  28.  
    LAP 54

    Mark Webber reports that his rear tyres have gone. That could be the end of his challenge for second. Sebastian Vettel's race engineer Rocky tells his charge to take it easy. Vettel doesn't listen and smashes the previous fastest lap by six tenths of a second.

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    Martin in Birmingham: Vettel's record stands alone. Not only has he beaten all other teams but he's had to race his team mate. Something Schumacher never had to do.

  30.  
    LAP 53

    Radio Red Bull is back on the air, this time telling Mark Webber to use all his Kers on the last corner. It won't work on this lap, as the Australian makes a small mistake to drop back from Romain Grosjean.

  31.  
    LAP 52

    Red Bull's Mark Webber is told to use all of his Kers in Turn 11. I think I know what Lotus are going to tell Romain Grosjean to do now...

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    Femi Longe: Say what you will, for Vettel to regularly get the best out the Red Bull is a testament to his skill. That boy is good.

    Steve Collins: If Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel all drove for Red Bull, Alonso would be 1st, Hamilton would be 2nd and Vettel 3rd.

    Andrew Smith: Is it just me or is Jenson Button really lucky to keep his 2014 drive with McLaren? He hasn't been good enough. Perez should be given a chance

  33.  
    LAP 51

    Another overtaking opportunity has come and gone for Mark Webber, who is still glued to the back of that Lotus but just can't get close enough to pass.

  34.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "The problem for Webber now is he has to pass Grosjean quickly. If he's close to him going through all these bends, his tyres will wear and he will lose grip. He passed Hamilton quickly earlier on when in a similar situation. He needs the same here."

  35.  
    LAP 50

    Mark Webber can't find a way past the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Meanwhile up front, Sebastian Vettel is coasting with a 7.7 second lead.

  36.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Jenson Button equals [BBC F1's] David Coulthard's record of 246 races by contesting this race, which is a record for a British driver.

  37.  
    LAP 48

    Felipe Massa passes Pastor Maldonado for 15th place. Massa is taking Maldonado's seat at Williams next season, of course.

  38.  
    LAP 47

    Red Bull have never had a back-to-back one-two finish in their history. Mark Webber looks quick enough to achieve it, but simply can't get a move on Romain Grosjean done. He struggled to pass the Lotus in Japan last month, too, but eventually managed it late on.

  39.  
    LAP 46

    Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race. That will wind Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel up as the German loves to secure that accolade.

  40.  

    Ferrari: Another great move from Alonso on a Sauber, same place as before!

  41.  
    LAP 45

    Fernando Alonso passes Nico Hulkenberg for fifth at the hairpin. Next up the road is Lewis Hamilton, 2.3 seconds ahead. Now that should be a good battle.

  42.  
    Gordon Ramsey in the McLaren hospitality unit in Austin

    McLaren: Watching on from inside McLaren's hospitality unit.... Spot any familiar faces?

  43.  
    LAP 44

    Daniel Ricciardo passes Paul Di Resta with an aggressive move through Turn Two, forcing the Force India out onto the run-off. That's P10 and a point.

  44.  
    LAP 43

    Heikki Kovalainen's day gets worse as his Kers stops working. The Lotus driver is 17th and well out of the points anyway but even so...

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    Colin Edmunds: Vettel is undoubtedly a superb driver but the record for straight wins is meaningless as no team has tried win the last 3-4 races.

    Peter B: Any driver could win in the Red Bull? Why isn't Webber second in the championship then?

  46.  
    LAP 42

    Sebastian Vettel's lead is now over 10 seconds. His race engineer Rocky tells him to look after his tyres, but we've only got 14 laps to go. The German has this race in the bag.

  47.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I'm trying to work out what's going on with Webber. Last lap he was over half a second down on Grosjean, then this lap he's the quickest through the first sector. There are some strange inconsistencies with his pace."

  48.  
    LAP 41

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is catching the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg in the battle for second. The gap is down to just 1.3 seconds with 15 laps to go.

  49.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Massa's move to Williams: "I think it's a good opportunity for Massa. Ferrari have been loyal to him and he almost delivered a world championship. He's been taking his time after his injury but no one doubts his speed. Perhaps the move will be a breath of fresh air for him with less expectancy as Williams rebuild."

  50.  
    LAP 40

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race to increase his lead over Romain Grosjean to 9.2 seconds. Mark Webber still can't find a way past Grosjean for second.

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    Dave Winch: With Red Bull it is not the driver but the car, Adrian Newey is the best at what he does, when with Williams they won, with McLaren they won, Vettel is nothing special, just the team bosses favourite, any driver could win in that car.

    Allen Vernon: Alonso or Hamilton in the same car...Isn't going to happen.

    Marco D'Apice: It's up to all the other teams, engineers and drivers etc to stop Vettel & Red Bull. Can't stand the Vettel haters on here. I am a Ferrari fan and bear no ill feeling.

    Graham Plant: Vettel is a superb driver......so smmmmooooooth....and his acceleration out of corners is sensational.

  52.  
    LAP 39

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa pits from 12th and rejoins 16th, just ahead of Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen, on the medium tyres. It's going to be difficult for either driver to score points today.

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    Jason Lewis: Good move by @ValtteriBottas on @EstebanGtz, given a faster car, Bottas is definitely a future race winner and maybe a world drivers' champion.

  54.  
    LAP 38

    Maybe Mark Webber just decided to back off and cool the tyres down because he's back on the pace now, setting the fastest lap of the race to close to within 1.5 seconds of Romain Grosjean.

  55.  
    LAP 37

    I don't know what has happened to Mark Webber but he's dropped way back from Romain Grosjean. The Australian is losing around a second a lap to the Frenchman, having been glued to the Lotus' gearbox, and is now three seconds adrift.

  56.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Valtteri Bottas' pass on Esteban Gutierrez: "Not only can the boy drive, he's brave as well. His team will love that. Just look at some of the drivers who have driven for Williams over the years, the likes of Nigel Mansell, who was one of the bravest wheel-to-wheel drivers ever."

  57.  
    LAP 35

    Sensational pass by Valtteri Bottas on Esteban Gutierrez. The man has guts, hanging out on the outside of Esteban Gutierrez through Turn Two and keeping his foot in it into the fast Turn Three to take eighth. That kind of pass will make Sir Frank Williams think that he did the right thing signing Bottas for a second season next year.

  58.  
    RACE UPDATE

    Vettel leads Grosjean by 10.3 seconds. Webber lost two places at the start, with Hamilton up to third from fifth, but Webber has repassed him. Hamilton becoming more and more frustrated over team radio. Force India's Adrian Sutil crashed out following contact with Williams's Pastor Maldonado. Valtteri Bottas looking for first points in ninth. 1 Vettel 2 Grosjean 3 Webber 4 Hamilton 5 Hulkenberg 6 Alonso 7 Perez 8 Gutierrez 9 Bottas 10 Di Resta

  59.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    On Sauber and Nico Hulkenberg: "The car has been good recently and a lot of it is because it has good traction. Their improvement also seemed to come at the same time as the tyre change mid-season. And in Nico Hulkenberg they have some driver. He can get you results."

  60.  
    LAP 34

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg moves into the points in 10th with a pass on Force India's Paul Di Resta down at the hairpin.

  61.  

    Mercedes: Another consistent PB of 1:43.015 for @LewisHamilton on lap 31.

  62.  
    LAP 33

    Mark Webber is flying at this stage of the race. The gap to Romain Grosjean is now under a second which means he has use of the DRS. He's also lapping quicker than race leader Sebastian Vettel. Webber needs to make quick work of Grosjean while the tyres are still fresh.

  63.  
    LAP 32

    It's all gone wrong for Heikki Kovalainen who is forced to pit for the second time in this race. This time, the Lotus driver takes a new front wing as well as new tyres. The longer stop drops him well down the field. Points from here will be very difficult.

  64.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Hamilton's engineer was trying to give him feedback earlier and Lewis told him off. You have to decide as a driver what you want."

  65.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: "You need to give me some feedback, man - tyres, temperatures...."

  66.  
    LAP 31

    The big winner in those stops is Mark Webber who has cut the deficit to Romain Grosjean to just 2.2 seconds. He is also now only 10 seconds further behind Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

  67.  
    LAP 30

    Romain Grosjean pits from the lead and rejoins in second, ahead of Mark Webber but 10.7 seconds behind race leader Sebastian Vettel.

  68.  
    LAP 29

    Mark Webber is stationary for just 2.3 seconds - the fastest of the day - as he comes in for the hard tyres. Out on track, Fernando Alonso goes side-by-side with Esteban Gutierrez into Turn One and then performs the cut back to pass the Sauber for sixth place. Next up the road in Nico Hulkenberg in the other Sauber.

  69.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We've not seen this in many races but by lap 27, there are a number of cars that have not stopped for tyres. Shock horror, Pirellis can go some time into a race."

  70.  
    LAP 28

    Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead. It's a slick stop from the Red Bull boys and the world champion is in and out in super quick time. Romain Grosjean is now leading the race, 4.5 seconds ahead of Mark Webber.

  71.  
    LAP 27

    Fernando Alonso pits from fifth and rejoins just in front of the McLaren of Sergio Perez, which means the Spaniard has successfully gained the place through the pit stops. Good work from Ferrari.

  72.  
    LAP 26

    Lewis Hamilton pits from fourth and rejoins sixth, ahead of Esteban Gutierrez who has just passed the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne.

  73.  
    Jenson Button goes through a tyre change

    McLaren: Lap 21: Jenson boxes for a set of Primes.

  74.  
    LAP 24

    Mark Webber has woken up, the Australian getting down into the 1m42s to close the gap to second-placed Romain Grosjean to just over five seconds.

  75.  
    LAP 23

    Paul Di Resta and Nico Rosberg pit from ninth and 10th respectively, but they both rejoin behind Heikki Kovalainen, who stopped earlier and has successfully completed the undercut, gaining two places. Very good strategy from Lotus, but the Finn will have to do more laps on those tyres than anyone else, though.

  76.  

    James Bamford: Vettel's playing a different game to the rest, at least there are some interesting battles behind him.

    John Mathew: Dominating races even after winning the championship says a lot of #Vettel's character. And of course how good a driver and his car is.

  77.  
    LAP 22

    Felipe Massa pits and rejoins just in front of Jenson Button to retain position on track. It was a good stop from the Ferrari team who clearly reacted to the McLaren driver's stop.

  78.  
    LAP 21

    Sebastian Vettel leads Romain Grosjean by 8.2 seconds, with Mark Webber a further six seconds further back. Button pits in the McLaren.

  79.  
    FLASHBACK
    US GP

    Sebastian Vettel, once again, got away from the line beautifully, unlike team-mate Mark Webber. He, once again, seemed to have problems with his start and lost two places by Turn One.

  80.  
    LAP 20

    Nico Rosberg dives down the inside of Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo at the hairpin to take 10th place and a valuable world championship point. The Mercedes driver has now got some clean air so he can push and chase down Force India's Paul Di Resta in ninth.

  81.  
    LAP 19

    "Going as far as we can is more important than going as fast as we can," says Sebastian Vettel's race engineer Rocky - so basically ease off a bit and look after the car and tyres.

  82.  
    LAP 18

    Heikki Kovalainen pits from 12th. It's a slow stop, but eventually the Finn gets out on the hard tyres. He was really struggling to find a way past Nico Rosberg so the clear air he now has should help. And we all know how good the Lotus is at looking after its tyres.

  83.  
    LAP 17

    Pastor Maldonado passes Max Chilton for 20th. Elsewhere, we're as you were, with Sebastian Vettel leading by 6.3 seconds from Romain Grosjean with 39 laps to go.

  84.  
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    Jason Lewis: Looks like another Vettel run and hide race... I pray that next season's engine and regulation change shuffles the pack!

  85.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "I would have a chat with Lewis Hamilton after the race with what he saying there. The engineer is just giving him information. Just say nothing."

  86.  
    LAP 15

    Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg is told that he is racing Lewis Hamilton, who is managing his pace. Hulkenberg is fifth, 2.9 seconds behind the Briton.

  87.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton in response to more instruction from Mercedes asking him to "hold" after losing a place to Mark Webber. The 2008 world champion responds: "I'm trying to!"

  88.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I think Lewis Hamilton was slightly shocked by that move by Mark Webber. He defended the inside but Webber carried so much speed that Lewis locked up and Mark was much more confident going into the braking zone. No surprise that Red Bull have more pace and grip."

  89.  
    LAP 13

    It's beautiful overtaking move from Mark Webber on Lewis Hamilton. The Australian is so much more confident on the brakes down to the hairpin and manages to drive round the outside of the Mercedes to take third.

  90.  

    Mercedes: Rear tyre management will be crucial for the race in these hotter temperatures

  91.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "A few of the guys out there like Jenson Button are out of position but they're behind fast cars that are also out of position. Jenson is behind Felipe Massa. They are really going to have to work the pace. Not easy."

  92.  
    LAP 12

    Lewis Hamilton is really struggling on these tyres and is lapping around eight tenths slower than leader Sebastian Vettel. That has allowed Mark Webber to close up to the back of the Mercedes, however the Red Bull driver can't find a way through yet.

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    Peter Lally: Grosjean can get 2nd in my opinion.

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  94.  
    LAP 11

    Sebastian Vettel is told by his race engineer Rocky that his pace is good compared to his rivals. The German's lead is now up to 4.2 seconds with 45 laps remaining.

  95.  
    LAP 10

    The midfield is pretty close at the moment with 10 seconds separating Sergio Perez in sixth and Jean-Eric Vergne in 15th.

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    Rian Hoskins: Sutil seemed confident a couple of weeks ago he will be racing in F1 next year. Force India seem the only team who would have him.

  97.  
    LAP NINE

    Pastor Maldonado pits from 16th and rejoins 21st. And last. Up front, Sebastian Vettel leads by 3.5 seconds from Romain Grosjean.

  98.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The cars are running around eight seconds slower than they were in qualifying because of the increased fuel load they are obviously carrying. Track conditions are warmer though and it will be interesting to see what teams do regarding tyres. One stop or two?"

  99.  
    LAP EIGHT

    Black and orange flag has been waved for Pastor Maldonado who is plodding round with a broken front wing. The Venezuelan must head into the pits next time around.

  100.  

    Ferrari: As last year, starting from the right side proved cleaner and was a big advantage. Unfortunately, this year Alonso was on the left one.

  101.  
    LAP SEVEN

    The DRS overtaking aid has been activated, which is bad news for Lewis Hamilton. The 2008 world champion only has a 0.6 second lead over Mark Webber, with the DRS in use when the chasing car is one second of less behind.

  102.  
    LAP SIX

    Sebastian Vettel's lead is now 2.4 seconds from Romain Grosjean who in turn has a two second lead over Lewis Hamilton. Mark Webber is looking pretty racy in fourth, pulling out and having a sniff down at Hamilton at the hairpin before thinking better of it.

  103.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez has changed to the harder tyre under the safety car and will try to go all the way to the end on these tyres and leapfrog other people when they pit."

  104.  
    LAP FIVE

    Marussia's Max Chilton comes into the pits to serve his drive-through penalty which was given to him before the race for impeding two cars in qualifying. He pits from last.

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    Ken in Edinburgh via 81111: It's sad that the only way people think that a race is worth watching is if Vettel is taken out. It's up to the other teams to up their game.

  106.  
    LAP FOUR

    Sebastian Vettel backs the field up as the safety car is called in. The Red Bull driver then puts the hammer down and comfortably holds his lead as they are released to get back under racing conditions.

  107.  
    LAP THREE

    Sergio Perez made a good start, passing Fernando Alonso for sixth, while Valtteri Bottas in the Williams gained a place courtesy of Heikki Kovalainen going backwards. The safety car is still out, but they have almost cleared the Force India.

  108.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Adrian Sutil's contact with Pastor Maldonado: "That was a totally unnecessary incident. It looked to me like Sutil was awkward going in there but there is plenty of space for both him and Maldonado before the braking zone. Whatever way you cut it, it's driver error."

  109.  
    LAP TWO

    So it was a ruddy good start for Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 world champion and last year's US GP winner, leaping up from fifth to third at the start. It was not so good for Hekki Kovalainen who drops from eighth to 12th. The safety car is still out as the marshals work to clear Adrian Sutil's Force India.

  110.  
    LAP ONE

    Sebastian Vettel leads from Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenberg but further back, Adrian Sutil has a big shunt in his Force India, clattering into the barriers after making contact with the Williams of Pastor Maldonado, ripping off all four corners of the car. Out comes the safety car.

  111. 1904: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    It's a decent start for Mark Webber, which makes a change, but in the second phase of the start, he loses ground and Sebastian Vettel comfortably leads into Turn One. Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton take advantage of a slow Webber to both gain a place. The Australian is down to the fourth.

  112. 1903: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne is the only man to start on the hard tyres. Everyone else is on the mediums.

  113. 1902: 

    It's so much hotter in Austin compared to the rest of the weekend, with the track temperature up at 35C, with the air temperature a few degrees lower at 30C.

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    Mark Connolly: The only way this race will be worth watching is if Vettel and Webber take each other out in Turn One.

    Simon Lynwood: Great to see how packed-out the main grandstand is again this year. F1 might well have finally established itself in the 'States!

  115. 1900: 
    FORMATION LAP

    Sebastian Vettel leads Mark Webber away for the formation lap. Yee-hah!

  116. 1858: 

    "I'm not sure stopping early is the way to go in these temperatures," says Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. James Vowles, Mercedes' chief strategist, replies that his "general tendency is to agree". Vowles says that he'll talk to Rosberg around lap 15 to discuss stop timing, adding: "Be aggressive on the first lap then look after the tyres."

  117.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analystSTRATEGY

    "A one-stop race is the fastest solution, but two stops are only about two or three seconds slower, so you could see a few going for that."

  118.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "Strategy-wise, this looks like a straightforward one-stop race. The decision is whether to stop as early as possible, gain track position and hang on to the end, or run longer and have more grip in the later stages. A two-stop gives you better tyres through the race but the degradation is low so it's slower. It's all moot for Red Bull - Vettel will run away with it, with Webber second, barring unforeseen circumstances. 'He could do a three-stop and still win," one engineer from a rival team said, only half-joking. On pace Romain Grosjean should be third for Lotus. Watch out at the start for those in the even-numbered grid positions losing ground - there was a big 'grid delta', as it is known in F1, last year, with those on the inside losing at least a place on average."

  119. 1855: 

    We're just five minutes away from the formation lap for the United States Grand Prix. Can anyone beat Sebastian Vettel? Mark Webber said earlier that he's going to try and beat the German into Turn One. I think there's more chance of a Marussia winning this race than that happening, but you never know I guess...Keep your texts and tweets coming via 81111 or #bbcf1.

  120.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "F1 might have published a calendar at the end of September, but that was always going to change, and sure enough it has. The latest version - which is believed to be pretty much the final one - has 19 races and ends in Abu Dhabi. Korea, New Jersey and Mexico have all been dropped. Japan and Russia have been swapped in early October so that Russia is later, to give the teams more time to get their freight out. Australia stands on its own at the start, followed by a Malaysia-Bahrain double-header before, bizarrely, going back to China. The full list is: 16 March - Australia; 30 March - Malaysia; 6 April - Bahrain; 20 April - China; 11 May - Spain; 25 May - Monaco; 8 June - Canada; 22 June - Austria; 6 July - GB; 20 July - Germany; 27 July - Hungary; 24 August - Belgium; 7 September - Italy; 21 September - Singapore; 5 October - Japan; 12 October - Russia; 26 October - USA; 2 November - Brazil; 16 November - Abu Dhabi."

  121. 1852: 

    Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is on the grid and talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow: "This is more impressive than Hollywood. When the Grand Prix comes to town you see the impact the race has on the city, everything that comes with it is fantastic."

    Listen to the US Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 Live

  122. 1848: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber, starting second behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel: "(I'll) try to beat him away at the start. The odds obviously haven't been that good on that. Then we'll see if we have similar pace on the tyres. Seb is pretty good at looking after them. It won't be easy to beat him but I'll give it a go."

  123.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "The febrile and unpredictable driver market has been one of the main topics of conversation here this weekend. Nico Hulkenberg, who had been in contention at Lotus, now appears to be certain to move to Force India - Lotus have admitted they 'can't afford him'. That in theory should leave the way clear for Pastor Maldonado to go to Lotus, whose investment deal with the mysterious Quantum Motorsport has still not been completed - and no-one thinks it will be. But Maldonado's backers are concerned about the potential of their £30m disappearing down a black hole and are apparently asking for some form of guarantee that it won't. Sauber, meanwhile, are also keen on Maldonado. He'll end up at one of those teams. Sergio Perez, jettisoned by McLaren, is likely to end up at Force India or possibly return to Sauber. And it looks like there will be no place in F1 for Scot Paul Di Resta."

  124. 1845: 

    Matt le Blanc, of Friends fame, is on the grid in support of Lotus and talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow: "It's fantastic to have this race back in America, it's a great facility and I'm so thankful that Bernie Ecclestone deems it worthy. Heikki Kovalainen was superb yesterday to fill in for Kimi Raikkonen like he did. I asked him how it felt to drive something you're not really used to and he just said 'it's a car, it has a steering wheel, so I'm fine.'"

    Listen to the US Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 Live

  125.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "McLaren have said they will do what they can to help Sergio Perez find a seat next year, and this appears to extend to a good word from Jenson Button. After qualifying, Button said: 'Checo through this year has learnt so much. McLaren give you so much data when you arrive in the team and it is very difficult to take all of that data in. He proved today he can be quick. The decision is not down to me. Any team that has a seat available should be looking to put him in that seat. He brings speed and intelligence, as he has shown after the announcement this week. It's not just about speed, you've got to be the full package and Checo is there now.' Perez appears to be edging towards a Force India seat."

  126. 1842: 
    Nico Hulkenberg

    Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, who starts fourth: "I hope we can keep position. I expect a defending race. The Mercedes and Ferrari are going to push me for sure."

  127.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "Sergio Perez has won a few admirers for the way he has handled himself this week in the wake of McLaren's decision to drop him for 2014 ahead of what is the closest thing to a home race for the Mexican. While Pastor Maldonado has made no secret of his fall-out with Williams, Perez, while obviously upset, has carried himself with dignity. 'I am a very honest person,' Perez said on Saturday. 'If I wanted to criticise McLaren I will do it. I am anyway leaving. I really have a good image from Martin (Whitmarsh) to everyone here. I really get along well with the team. I felt everyone friendly, they have always been really nice to me. So I don't need to criticise. This is business and the team thinks the right decision is to go the other route so I have to accept it and deal with it.'"

  128.   
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter, live from Austin

    "The sun is shining, the blue skies are endless and the cheerleaders are waving their pom poms around. Sebastian Vettel certainly won't be holding back here. From his starting point he'll see the cheerleaders, the American flag and then a ski-ramp full of fans here to watch him."

    Listen to the US Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  129. 1840: 
    CELEB SPOT!
    Antonio Banderas, Melaine Griffiths and Gerard Butler

    The celebrities have flocked in for this race with Mask of Zorro star Antonio Banderas, American actress Melanie Griffiths and Law Abiding Citizen actor Gerard Butler enjoying a peak inside the Red Bull garage.

  130.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "Jenson Button is one of two drivers who have a grid penalty here in the US. His is three places for ignoring red flags in first practice; Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez has been dropped 10 for blocking in qualifying. Button's penalty drops him to 15th after a second consecutive poor qualifying compared to team-mate Sergio Perez, who after all is being dropped by McLaren. Button said the car felt completely different in qualifying after being promising throughout practice. 'Just like last week, I thought we'd be right up at the front behind the Red Bulls,' Button said. 'I'm not going to make excuses. I just wasn't quick enough.'"

  131. 1837: 
    THE GRID

    There have been a fair few penalties handed out, so here's the revised grid:

    1) Vettel 2) Webber 3) Grosjean 4) Hulkenberg 5) Hamilton 6) Alonso 7) Perez 8) Kovalainen 9) Bottas 10) Ricciardo

    11) Di Resta 12) Rosberg 13) Massa 14) Vergne 15) Button* 16) Sutil 17) Maldonado 18) Van der Garde 19) Bianchi 20) Gutierrez** 21) Chilton**** 22) Pic***

    *Jenson Button was demoted three-places on the grid for overtaking under red flags in practice

    ** Esteban Gutierrez was given a 10-place grid penalty for impeding Pastor Maldonado in qualifying

    *** Charles Pic was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

    ****Max Chilton has been given a drive-through penalty which he must take in the first five laps after twice impeding other cars.

  132. 1834: 
    Heikki Kovalainen

    The drivers had the luxury of some cool American classic cars to ferry them round the circuit for the driver parade rather than the standard issue lorry.

  133.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "It was a toss-up for the star of qualifying between Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Williams's Valtteri Bottas. The Finn was fastest in Q1, fourth in Q2 and a slightly disappointing ninth in the top 10 shoot-out. His final lap was 0.4secs shy of his Q2 lap, which had he repeated would have put him seventh. Even so, Bottas was chuffed with his performance. He totally out-shone team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who did not bring in his tyres properly in Q1 and was 1.5secs slower in 18th, and was left railing semi-coherently about non-existent conspiracy theories. The improvement in performance is down to Williams abandoning their attempts at exhaust-blowing. 'The car is more stable off throttle in the corners, entry and mid-corner, doing what it should do,' Bottas said. 'Also we gain a bit of straight-line speed, so can carry a bit more downforce to compensate that, which gives us more grip. Main thing is car is more consistent and predictable to drive.' He is hoping to bring in some much-needed points for his team."

  134.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcf1

    Ollie Garland: Really hope someone else wins today instead Vettel, Make the race more exciting instead of Vettel leading from lap 1.

  135. 1830: 

    The pit lane has opened its doors which means we're not only are we half an hour away from the start of the formation lap but also the cars can start leaving the comfort of their garages for the grid to taking up their starting slots.

  136. 1827: 
    Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

    The grandstands on the main straight are packed already. That might have something to do with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and, er, the University of Texas Longhorn Band providing the pre-race entertainment.

  137.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "Ferrari have been on a downward slope for quite some races now, and it seems a long, long time since Fernando Alonso won two of the first five races of the season and was a genuine threat to Sebastian Vettel's world title hopes. The Spaniard's championship assault died long ago, but his admirable consistency has kept him in second place despite having the fourth fastest car (now the fifth, following Sauber's late surge) and this weekend he looks set to consolidate a position that is no less than deserved.

    "Ferrari looked all at sea throughout practice, but the tricky conditions in qualifying played to Alonso's skills and adaptability and he lines up sixth on the grid, his best position since Korea four races ago. Team-mate Felipe Massa was down in 15th (but 13th on the grid after penalties for Button and Gutierrez). You might expect Alonso to springboard on to the podium from there, but he is cautious about the prospects of that, not least because he starts from the 'dirty' side of the grid. 'We will try to save the start and first corner and not lose positions,' he said, 'and after that I think we can fight with the top, apart from Red Bull.'"

  138. 1824: 
    TRACK STATS
    Fernando Alonso

    Venue: Austin Laps: 56 Circuit length: 5.513km Race distance: 308.896km Number of corners: 20 (11 left and 9 right) Average lap speed: 200kph Full throttle per lap: 68% Lap record: 1min 39.347secs (Sebastian Vettel, 2012).

  139. 1822: 

    The layout of the 20-turn Circuit of the Americas is a good one. That could be because the designers have cleverly incorporated some of the best corners in the world into the design.

    Turn One shares a likeness to the steep nature of Eau Rouge at Belgium's Spa Francorchamps while Turns Two and Three are similar to the Senna S in Interlagos in Brazil.

    The high-speed sweeping turns of Four, Five and Six are remarkably similar to the Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel complex at Silverstone, while Turns 16 to 18 look a little like Istanbul Park's multi-apex Turn 8.

  140.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "For a short time at the end of qualifying it appeared as if Mark Webber was going to beat team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pole for the second time in a row and the third time in four races. Both men saved two sets of new medium tyres for the final part of qualifying and Webber was faster on the first runs.

    "He then set two purple - for fastest of all - sector times on his final lap before running wide at Turn 19, which was all the invite Vettel needed. Webber is usually sanguine if he loses out to Vettel on pole, accepting the German just went faster than he could, but not this time. He was properly annoyed with himself, feeling that a pole in his penultimate race had been there and he'd let it slip through his fingers."

  141. 1818: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    As I mentioned earlier, Austin isn't the first US circuit to try its hand at Formula 1. Nine others have tried - Riverside, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Phoenix and Indianapolis.

    I was curious as to how Formula 1 was going down in Austin, but judging by the turnout to an autograph session - which included world champion Sebastian Vettel - on Saturday, I'd say it's going pretty well.

  142.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcf1

    Glen Simpson: Really would love to see @AussieGrit win a race before the end of the season. Probably the only driver who can beat Vettel.

    Jeeves: "Countdown to F1! Pizza, fizzy pop and @BBC5LiveF1 seems like the makings of an epic evening's entertainment!"

  143.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "Americans like their sport to be a close competition, with the result in doubt until the end. But the US Grand Prix is going to be nothing like a basketball game or Nascar race. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has been in a league of his own all weekend, on long runs especially, and few are under any illusions about what is likely to happen this afternoon in Texas.

    "Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who starts fifth, summed up the general feeling when he was asked what it would take for him to repeat his victory last season, when he beat Vettel into second place in a race-long battle. 'Nothing short of a miracle,' he said. 'Vettel has won the last God knows how many races by 30 seconds, he's on pole, he's going to win tomorrow by 30, 40, 50 seconds again. You can put some money on it if you want.'"

  144. 1814: 

    And while Sebastian Vettel already has his fourth successive title - he's still got plenty to play for. With seven successive wins behind him, the German can set a new record today for consecutive victories in one season, bettering Michael Schumacher's 2004 feat.

    If he achieves that, he'll head to Interlagos in Brazil next weekend with a chance of equalling Alberto Ascari's all-time record of nine in a row although the Italian won those across two seasons - 1952-53.

  145. 1810: 

    Red Bull may have already wrapped up both the drivers' and constructors' championships but they have yet more to celebrate this weekend in the form of team principal Christian Horner's 40th birthday.

    Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber presented their team boss with a lovely cake on Saturday...

    Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

    And then planted most of it on his face...

    Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel
  146.  
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo: Got my cowboy on yesterday.

  147. 1806: 

    It was Mark Webber's turn to make a slight mistake in qualifying - and in doing so, the Australian relinquished pole position. Had he not done so, it would have been his third pole in four races. As it happened, Sebastian Vettel took advantage to score his eighth pole position of the season and the team's fifth front row lock-out of 2013.

  148.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Austin:

    "The US Grand Prix in Austin is fast becoming a firm favourite with Formula 1. Austin itself is a vibrant, colourful, fun city. The Circuit of the Americas just outside the south Texan city is a great challenge for the drivers. And the paddock is intimate and cosy, packed with people from Friday onwards, with a warm and enjoyable atmosphere. And it all takes place under the requisite big, beautiful skies and in gorgeous high-contrast contrast, chromatic light. There is nothing, in short, not to like."

  149. 1803: 
    COTA

    Howdy! Welcome to our live coverage of the United States Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the Formula 1 World Championship, in the Lone Star state of Texas.

  150. 1800: 

    Phoenix offered its city streets, Indianapolis built an in-field road course which used part of the famous oval and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas adapted its car park. However all failed to give Formula 1 a permanent home in the United States. Step forward Austin and the Circuit of the Americas. This may only be the venue's second race but the sport is already looking very much at home.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 238
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 216
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 166
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 121
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 122
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 106
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 70
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 70
9 Brazil F Massa Williams 55
10 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 40
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 43
12 Mexico S Perez Force India 37
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 11
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0

Results

After 53 of 53 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Brazil F Massa Williams
4 Finland V Bottas Williams
5 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
7 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
8 Mexico S Perez Force India
9 Great Britain J Button McLaren
10 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
11 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
12 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
14 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
15 Germany A Sutil Sauber
16 France R Grosjean Lotus
17 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
18 France J Bianchi Marussia
19 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
20 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
21 Spain F Alonso (ret.) Ferrari
22 Great Britain M Chilton (ret.) Marussia

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