October 17, 2018 / 12:20 PM / a month ago

Motor racing - Formula One statistics for the U.S. Grand Prix

(Reuters) - Statistics for Sunday’s U.S. Formula One Grand Prix in Austin, Texas:

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Lap distance: 5.513km. Total distance: 308.405km (56 laps)

2017 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes one minute 33.108 seconds.

2017 winner: Hamilton

Race lap record: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) 1:37.766, Ferrari 2017

Start time: 1310 local (1810 GMT)

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Hamilton will take his fifth world championship in Austin, with three races to spare, if he scores eight points more than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The Briton, 67 points clear of his rival, has done this in the last four races, and eight times this year. He failed to do so at the Circuit of the Americas last year, however, when Vettel finished second.

Title-clinching scenarios:

Hamilton first, Vettel third.

Hamilton second, Vettel fifth

Hamilton third, Vettel seventh

Hamilton fourth, Vettel eighth

Hamilton fifth, Vettel ninth

Hamilton sixth, Vettel out of the points

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UNITED STATES

Austin is hosting a race for the seventh time and is the only U.S. round on the calendar.

There are no American drivers in F1. Haas are the only U.S.-owned team.

Hamilton and Vettel are the only current drivers to have won previously in the United States.

Hamilton has won five of the six races in Austin, while starting twice on pole there, and five of the last six in the United States. Vettel won in Austin in 2013 with Red Bull.

Hamilton clinched his third title at the track in 2015.

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RACE WINS

Hamilton has nine wins this season to Vettel’s five. Daniel Ricciardo has two and Max Verstappen one.

Hamilton has 71 victories from 225 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel, third on the all-time list, has 52.

Hamilton has won the last four races. Only once before has he won five in a row — in 2014 when he triumphed in Italy, Singapore, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has now gone 111 races since his 20th and most recent win, in Australia in 2013.

Ferrari have won 234 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 85 and Red Bull 58. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

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POLE POSITION

Hamilton has a record 80 career poles, Vettel 55.

Verstappen, 21 at the end of September, can still become the youngest ever pole sitter. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at 21 years and 72 days.

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PODIUM

Hamilton has 131 career podiums and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155). Vettel has 109, Raikkonen 100.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has had seven second-place finishes this season.

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POINTS

Mercedes are 78 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship and also on course to wrap up the title for the fifth year in a row.

Every driver on the starting grid has scored this season.

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MILESTONE

Hamilton’s win in Japan was his 50th for Mercedes.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Martyn Herman

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