F1: Rookie lives American dream

Lewis Hamilton claimed his second victory in a row as McLaren scored a third straight one-two finish of the season at the United States Grand Prix last night.

Lewis Hamilton claimed his second victory in a row as McLaren scored a third straight one-two finish of the season at the United States Grand Prix last night.

The 22-year-old British rookie continued his dream start to life in Formula One in Indianapolis, following on from his maiden victory in Canada last Sunday with another pole position, another win and a seventh straight podium finish from the first seven races of his Grand Prix career.

Hamilton opened a 10-point lead in the drivers' championship over McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was second, and couldn't hide his delight.

"What a dream," said the young British star. "To come to two circuits (Montreal and Indianapolis) that I didn't know and to really come out with such pace and to see the team moving forward is great. The first couple of laps were close and then I managed to pull a slight gap."

Alonso made an attack on Hamilton's lead down the outside of his team-mate on the long home straight on lap 39, only to be thwarted by the Briton when they reached turn one.

The move may have spurred Hamilton on as he extended his lead slightly on Alonso from 0.1 to 0.7secs.

The world champion lost further ground on lap 46 when he went wide in the middle sector and travelled along grass for a few metres before rejoining the track.

Hamilton added: "In the middle sting my tyres just started to drain and Fernando was right up my tail. It was very tough, he fought very well but at the end I managed to pull a gap which I was able to maintain and control the race."

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were back in business after a terrible race in Canada, finishing third and fourth.

Renault rookie Heikki Kovalainen was once again in the points in fifth with Toyota's Jarno Trulli sixth, while Mark Webber scored his first points of the season in the Red Bull with seventh.

Sebastian Vettel, a late stand-in for Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber, finished eighth on his debut.

Hamilton held his line and the lead into the first turn, while Kimi Raikkonen had a poor start off the second row and lost position to Nick Heidfeld and fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen.

But there was drama came behind the front-runners as Ralf Schumacher slid out at turn one, hitting the Honda of Rubens Barrichello - which in turn took out David Coulthard's Red Bull.

After failing to overtake Hamilton in the middle of the race, he swerved towards the pit wall to show his team his displeasure at not being allowed past.

But he admitted the race was decided as soon as he failed to overtake Hamilton into the first corner, adding:: "I think the start was the key point of the race, after that who was second would be second in the race. I think my start was good but we both braked in more or less the same place, but the start is always risky and I didn't want to crash.

"Eight points are better than nothing, we increased the gap on Ferrari which is one of the main things at this is point."


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