McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thus becoming the first rookie to score back-to-back victories and also the first driver ever to score points in all seven races at the start of the season. Hamilton was on pole for the race and with Alonso on P2, the start was always going to be a crucial one. But in a nerveless display of aggressive driving, the brit managed to stave off Alonso’s early advances and maintained his lead throughout. It was not until the 38th lap that Hamilton faced a challenge from Alonso but the McLaren #2 yet again managed to thwart the world champion through turn one and held his line and position intact. There were no further challenges from Alonso and McLaren earned yet another 1-2 finish.
The race saw many a driver battles – Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen struggling vainly to pass teammate Felipe Massa towards the closing stages ; Williams’ Alex Wurz attemting a pass on Toro Rosso’s Liuzzi; Jarno trulli holding off a belligerent Mark Webber; Anthony Davidson attacking Jenson Button and managing to pass him; Giancarlo Fisichella carving his way past a clutch of slower cars……it was all happening at different parts of the track at different times in the race and that made the US GP a truly exciting one.
Ferrari showed streaks of improvement but they were yet off the pac of McLaren as they finished 3rd and 4th. BMW would have had a good result but for the retirement of Nick Heidfeld with hydraulics problems. Debutant Vettel (standing in for the injured Robert Kubica) finished a good 8th whilst Nico Rosberg – on a one stop strategy – was looking good for 5th when his engine blew up! Kovalainen taking up the 5th position with Trulli and Webber coming in at 6th and 7th respectively.