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  • Mercedes driver, German Nico Rossberg gets a jump on the field at the start of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • The field takes off for the first turn at the start of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • German driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes AMG Petronas leads the pack as the United States Formula One Grand Prix begins at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: The drivers make their way out of turn one during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber driver Adrian Sutil of Germany leaves his wrecked car after he crashed out on the first lap during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Adrian Sutil of Germany and Sauber F1 gets out of his car after crashing during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Force India driver Sergio Perez, of Mexico, drives his damaged car into the pits after a collision with Sauber driver Adrian Sutil, of Germany, during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: The safety car drives in front of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, of Britain, races during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia corners before finishing third during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Williams Team driver Felipe Massa of Brazil leads teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland in the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • ]AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • British driver Lewis Hamilton (R)comes along side to overtake his teammate, German driver Nico Rosberg (L) of Mercedes AMG Petronas, to obtain the lead during the United States Formula One Grand Prix begins at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, November 2, 2014. Hamilton increased his lead in the drivers world championship to 24 points on Sunday when he swept to his fifth consecutive victory and 10th of the season by winning the United States Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton, who started second behind his pole sitting Mercedes team-mate and nearest rival Nico Rosberg, took the lead with a bold move after 24 laps on his way to a perfectly-measured triumph ahead of the German by 4.314 seconds. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP leads Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • British driver Lewis Hamilton takes a turn during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, November 2, 2014. Hamilton increased his lead in the drivers world championship to 24 points on Sunday when he swept to his fifth consecutive victory and 10th of the season by winning the United States Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP leads Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams and Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, of France, drives his car during the third practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (R) and Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas (L) of Williams Martini Racing make a turn during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, November 2, 2014. Massa finished the race in fourth place, while Bottas finished in fifth place. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, follows Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, left, of Australia, into a corner during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Right is Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, front, of France, is followed by Ferarri driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, as they drive through the course during the first practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, goes under the checkered flag to win the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in Parc Ferme following his victory in the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium next to Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP following his victory in the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 2, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Race winner Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, holds up his trophy as teammate and second place finisher Nico Rosberg, of Germany, left, and third place finisher Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, right, join him on the podium after the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (Center R) celebrates on the podium with second place Nico Rosberg of Germany (L) and third place Infiniti Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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