2015 – F1 USGP Race and Podium at COTA (Oct 25)

As the day progressed the rain from Hurricane Patricia subsided and the USGP at Circuit of the Americas started on a wet track Sunday afternoon (October 25). As the track dried, the race evolved into one of the best of the year. Lewis Hamilton won the race and championship in the #44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid. This was Hamilton’s third championship which tied him with his countryman Sir Jackie Stewart and the late Ayrton Senna. Being able to experience a championship winning race was an amazing experience. Hope you like the photos.

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2015_USGP_222A2343Despite the inclimate weather, fans gradually filled the grandstands, with many supporters of the Manor Marussia F1 Team driver Alexander Rossi.

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2015_USGP_HC7A0520Race start, with Lewis Hamilton in the #44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid leading the field down the back straight into Turn 12. Despite starting in second position, Lewis Hamilton took the lead from team mate Nico Rosberg at Turn 1.

2015_USGP_222A2379A packed grandstand watched Lewis Hamilton in the #44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid leading Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB11’s into Turn 12.

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2015_USGP_HC7A0573Nico Hulkenberg in the #27 Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM08 going wide to avoid debris on the track. A track marshall cleared the debris with the cheers from fans.

2015_USGP_HC7A0604Into Turn 12 with Pastor Maldonado #13 Lotus F1 Team E23 Hybrid.

2015_USGP_222A2386Lewis Hamilton leading team-mate Nico Rosberg into Turn 13. But things would change at the next turn.

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2015_USGP_HC7A0673Nico Rosberg in the #6 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid takes the inside line at Turn 13 and the lead from Lewis Hamilton.

2015_USGP_HC7A0678As the track dried, the intermediate tires started to wear out fast.

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2015_USGP_HC7A0730Through the Turn 13 to 15 complex with Kimi Räikkönen in the #7 Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T.

2015_USGP_HC7A0797One of the Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM08s broke down towards the end of the race.

2015_USGP_222A2460Into Turn 15 with a Manor Marussia F1 Team MR03B.

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2015_USGP_222A2499The fans in this grandstand had a great view of the Turn 13 to 16 complex.

2015_USGP_HC7A0806Down the Turn 15 to 16 straight with a McLaren Honda MP4-30.

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2015_USGP_222A2519As I was taking the media van back to the podium, saw track marshals clearing Daniil Kyat’s #26 Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB11 from the track.

2015_USGP_HC7A0842Nico Rosberg in the #6 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid braking hard and leading Lewis Hamilton into Turn 1. It wasn’t long before Lewis Hamilton would take the lead and win the race.

222A2527Lewis Hamilton jumps for joy after winning the race and his third World Championship.

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2015_USGP_222A2590Winners podium with Lewis Hamilton (first, center), Nico Rosberg (second, left), and Sebastian Vettel (third, right).

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2015_USGP_HC7A0901Champagne!

2015_USGP_HC7A0881Nico Rosberg contemplating what could have been.

2015_USGP_HC7A0908Group photo with (left to right) Nico Rosberg, Paddy Lowe, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel.

2015_USGP_HC7A0933Elton John did the post-race interviews with the drivers.
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2015_USGP_HC7A0948Was great to see the camaraderie between World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

2015_USGP_IMG_0738Wow, what a great few days I had at the USGP. Many thanks again to all who made my dream to photograph an F1 race possible. Experiencing an F1 event and seeing what goes on behind the scenes has made me appreciate F1 even more. Wish everybody continued success and be safe.

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