November 17th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Lewis Hamilton declared himself "really happy" after finishing fourth in the United States Grand Prix. Hamilton being the racer he is, it's unusual for him to be satisfied with anything less than victory, but on the day fourth place was the maximum achievable for Mercedes.
Hamilton said after the race, "That felt good out there this afternoon and I'm really happy with fourth place. It was so nice to have a race where I could fight for position and make progress. The car felt much better today than recently so the change in chassis has definitely made a difference and a big thanks to my guys in the garage for their efforts there.
"I had a great start today and that was crucial to my race. We had to give up third place to Mark fairly easily to make sure our tyre management and strategy worked as it was more important for the team to finish ahead of Ferrari. There was no way I was letting Fernando past at the end; I was ready for him to make his move and had a couple of tenths ready to pull out if he did!
"We've had a few difficult races on my side of the garage and I'm so proud of the team for all the hard work they have put in. We're all determined to maintain our second place at the final race in Brazil next weekend."
In the second Mercedes, Nico Rosberg had a frustrating afternoon, struggling to move forward from 12th on the grid. In the end, he managed to make up three places to finish ninth and score two points.
Rosberg described his race:
"I didn't have a great weekend here in Austin unfortunately. It really started yesterday in Qualifying where I struggled with getting temperature into the tyres and starting from 12th place makes your race really difficult, especially in a one-stop race.
"I made some nice overtaking moves but we weren't able to do much with the strategy today because of the single stop so it's disappointing to only have finished ninth as our car was quicker than that today. Overall though, as a team we managed to increase the gap to Ferrari and that's a good result.
"After such a tough weekend, I'd love to be back in the car in Brazil tomorrow and not wait another seven days! We'll be pushing really hard there to end the season on a high."
With this double points finish, Mercedes have consolidated their second place in the Constructors' Championship and extended the gap to third-placed Ferrari to 15 points. With just one race left in the season - next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix - it is now extremely unlikely that Ferrair will be able to catch Mercedes and re-take second place in the Constructors' Championship.