F1: Hamilton collects sixth world championship as Bottas wins USGP

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For the sixth time in his Formula One career, Lewis Hamilton has clinched the world championship.

The 34-year-old British driver clinched the championship, his third in a row, by finishing second in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton previously won the title in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Hamilton is now only the second driver in F1 history to have won six titles, and he now only needs to win one more to tie Michael Shumacher’s record of seven championships.

“Still we rise guys, still we rise,” Hamilton said over the radio to his Mercedes team on his cool down lap.”Thank you so much, guys – we did an incredible job… I can’t believe it.”

Finishing ahead of Hamilton in the first position was his teammate and race polesitter Valtteri Bottas, who won the race after passing Hamilton for the lead with four laps remaining.

But despite his fourth victory of 2019, Bottas will now have to wait until 2020 to attempt to win his first World Championship.

“It’s a nice win,” Bottas said. “The car felt very good and it’s been a good weekend for us. Big congratulations to Lewis. There’s always next year for me, but he deserves it”

Max Verstappen took the final position on the race podium, finishing third, while Charles Leclerc and Alex Albon finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Full race results are below. The next round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 17.

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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.