U.S. Grand Prix: Story of the race

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ESPN looks at the main talking points, the best overtakes and the most shocking moments of the U.S. Grand Prix.

Shock: Do not adjust your set -- both, I repeat both, Mercedes drivers had a clean start and led into Turn 1, which hasn't happened much this season. Lewis Hamilton said the team had worked on its starts this weekend and clearly that paid dividends for both drivers when the lights went out.

Shocker: This can be shared between Max Verstappen and Ferrari. Verstappen for making his second pit stop when Red Bull was not ready, later saying he thought the team had called him. An engine failures shortly afterwards ended his race but perhaps saved his blushes.

But Ferrari, once again, proved that things can get worse, releasing Kimi Raikkonen from his final stop with a wheel gun still attached to the car. That forced the Finn to retire from a race that once again got away from Ferrari.

Fastest Lap: But wait, there's good news for Ferrari! A late switch to super-softs for Sebastian Vettel -- in what was effectively a free pit stop -- allowed him to set a fastest lap in the closing stages on the super-soft tyre. It should be little consolation for a team finding new ways to embarrass themselves every weekend.

Overtake of the race: Fernando Alonso bullying his way past Felipe Massa at Turn 15 was a gem, a great show of aggression from a man who deserves a better car next year. The wheel-banging move was just within the limits and proof that the fire is still burning for the two-time world champion.

Driver of the day: Lewis Hamilton deserves plaudits for leading away from pole position to win, converting a long overdue victory and keeping his title hopes alive -- though still not in his hands.

But it would be unfair to overlook the brilliant Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso. Alonso eventually got past for fifth but Sainz deserves this accolade, coming agonisingly close to a career-best position in a car running a year-old engine. He's going to give Red Bull an almighty headache next season when other team's come knocking for his services.