While Hamilton's victory, the 50th of his F1 career, appeared serene on the surface, the world champion has admitted he spent the entire grand prix racing in fear he would suffer another mechanical failure following a season in which his W07 has been beset by unreliability.
Hamilton was on pole position and he managed to convert it to a win and the lights-to-flag win has come at a time when the British driver needed it the most. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff admits tensions could again boil over between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the fight for the title. "I have been practising the starts all weekend, so I feel positive about it". Rosberg was pushed into third when Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo cut under his inside and edged him out at the top of the turn. Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo finished second and third, respectively.
The defending three-time world champion delivered a flawless triumphant drive at the Circuit of the Americas to join seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and four-time champion Alain Prost as a victor of 50 or more races.
Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda then slammed Ecclestone's view, insisting it is "very unfair" to Rosberg "especially at such a crucial stage of the world championship".
Even with Ecclestone's explanation, F1 legend and three-time champion Lauda said he remains upset. Raikkonen said a wheel-gun was still attached to his auto when he left the pits. I was happy to qualify in Q2 on the soft and that was a good lap, from there on it was quite hard.
"I'd say Abu Dhabi is where I fancy my best chances, it's been a strong circuit for me and us as a team", he said. "I was going for it flat out all the way to the end".
It means that, with just three races remaining, Rosberg, Sky Bet's 2/9 favourite, will win the title if he wins this weekend's Mexican GP and Hamilton, a 100/30 shot with the bookies, retires or fails to finish in the points.
Teenage Red Bull racer Max Verstappen accidentally put some excitement into a boring race when he pitted from fourth place on lap 28 only to find his crew were not ready for him with new tyres.