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Räikkönen clinches US Grand Prix title

22 Oct 2018, 01:17 ( 5 Months ago) | updated: 22 Oct 2018, 01:24 ( 5 Months ago)

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Scuderia Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen. File Photo Xinhua.

Finnish driver Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen  on Sunday took his first victory for more than five years to clinch the US Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen secured the second place followed by Lewis Hamilton, who must wait for fifth world title, reported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Cable News Network (CNN).

Hamilton's title rival and Räikkönen 's team-mate Sebastian Vettel looked to have handed Hamilton the title early on when he spun battling with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, BBC reported

Red Bull's Max Verstappen also beat Hamilton, who will have to wait until the race in Mexico next weekend to have another chance of clinching the title, said the BBC report, adding that he leaves Austin, Texas, with a 70-point lead over Vettel, who eventually finished fourth, with 75 available over the remaining three grands prix.

In a tense finish, Raikkonen, Verstappen and Hamilton were nose to tail and the Mercedes driver failed in his one opportunity to pass the Dutchman with three laps to go, the BBC added.

"It has been a great weekend. The car has been good all the time. Got a good start and needed to push hard. The tyres were going off at the end but we had enough speed and kept it consistent and just tried to keep the tyres alive to the end,” said the BBC report quoting Räikkönen as saying, adding, "It's been a long time [since I last won] but here we are."