Hamilton wins straight-up bonkers Austin GP, claims the drivers' championship

If there was a race this year that was worthy of deciding the drivers' championship it was Austin. As so often happens we had a familiar podium (HAM, ROS and VET) but the on-track action was anything but predictable.

It caps of a fantastic year for Hamilton, and considering that he won the championship in 2008 in the final corners, and last year during the final race, I look forward to seeing him win next year by the mid-season break.

But does the victory place Hamilton among the all-time greats? There's no need to think, because here's a graphic that tells the story.

The victory in Austin looked unlikely as Safety Cars brought numerous tyre strategies into play. After taking an early lead with an aggressive move that pushed Rosberg off the track, Hamilton shuffled through positions 1 - 4 when a cautionary pitstop for Vettel and a mistake from Rosberg handed Hamilton the win and thus enough points to clinch the title.

And what did Rosberg think of Hamilton's aggressive tactics? He made his feelings known, both during the post-race press conferences and the cool-down area.

It won't bother Hamilton one little bit, and being in Partyville USA I'm sure he'll hit the clubs and get his three-time-world-champion on. The only thing that could have capped off the race would have been for Alexander Rossi to pop in to the top 10 for a point, but the mid-field was surprisingly racey.