Top ten pictures from the 2017 United States Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 United States Grand Prix weekend.

Sean Bratches

Sean Bratches, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Sean Bratches, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

Formula One’s new American owners were keen to make a big impression at their home event. A mechanical bull in the paddock was one of the smaller enhancements made to the spectacle at the Circuit of the Americas.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

The pre-race drivers introduction, featuring star announcer Michael Buffer, was over-the-top and somewhat over-long. But putting front row occupants and world championship rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton together was a smart touch.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Usain Bolt, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt added to the pre-race razzmatazz.

Start

Start, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Start, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

The grand prix didn’t disappoint once it got going. Vettel pulled off a surprise by beating Hamilton to turn one, though he couldn’t contain his rival.

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo

Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo used his trademark ultra-late braking as he tried to pass Valtteri Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

When that didn’t work he made an early pit stop in a bid to undercut the Mercedes driver, but was sidelined by a power unit failure before he had a chance to get stuck in.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

On his return to America Fernando Alonso used his helmet design from the Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately his race ended the same way, with a Honda engine failure.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

They may as well rename it the Circuit of the Hamericas: Hamilton’s now won five of the six grands prix held at the Texan track.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

Max Verstappen took third ‘on the road’ but didn’t get to keep it after a controversial penalty.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2017
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

Mercedes celebrated their fourth consecutive constructors’ championship victory.

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