Hamilton wins in Texas, Vettel must wait

Posted at Nov 19 2012 04:05 PM | Updated as of Nov 20 2012 12:05 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – The race for this year’s Formula One championship is going down the wire.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix in Texas, preventing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel from clinching his third straight driver’s championship.

It was Hamilton’s fourth victory this season as Formula One made a comeback in the US after a five-year hiatus.

Vettel led for much of the race after starting on pole position, but Hamilton made his move in the final stages of the race, holding off Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the final 14 laps for the victory.

Vettel currently leads Alonso by 13 points in the standings and will need just a fourth place finish in the final race in Brazil to clinch the driver’s title. -- Dateline Philippines, ANC, November 19, 2012