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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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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.