Lewis Hamilton's win in the US Grand Prix was more than just another important milestone his 2014 championship campaign. This was also one for the historians and statisticians.This, Hamilton's 10th win of the year, was also his 32nd overall, a tally that now nudges him ahead of Nigel Mansell to make him the most successful British driver in F1 history.Lewis also now ties with Fernando Alonso in fifth place in the pantheon of victorious F1 greats - in a career five years younger than the Spaniard's - and is fast closing in on Schumacher, Prost, Senna, and Vettel.But it'll be the way he nailed yesterday's race that gave him most satisfaction. Although Nico Rosberg continues to have the qualifying smarts over Lewis, the underlying suspicion that he can't cope with his teammate in wheel-to-wheel race combat is now more palpable than ever.A Hamilton victory didn't always look like a sure thing, though. In the early phase of the race around this deeply thrilling circuit, Rosberg appeared to have the edge. The gap to Hamilton was 2.9 seconds on lap 15, and although Lewis managed to close it to 1.8 seconds by lap 20, Rosberg looked to be managing his tyre degradation and brake balance rather better.But then, following the first round of pitstops, the true picture emerged, and it was one characterised by Lewis's signature race-craft, bravery, and unbelievable dexterity on the brakes. On lap 24, he simply stuck it to Rosberg into turn 12's hairpin, a ballsy pass done entirely on the brakes, during which he gave Nico just enough room but no more. It was a classic move.Once it was done, the German didn't have an answer to Lewis's pace. It sucks, it really does, said Rosberg after the race, with refreshing honesty. It's the worst possible way to lose, getting passed like that, with the same car.There wasn't a moment in the race when I didn't think that I would get him, Lewis said. I pitted, and took some wing out. Once you get ahead, your mentality changes. I want to race to win.With the driver's championship now set to go to the wire in Abu Dhabi, let's pray that the double points farrago doesn't interfere with the outcome.After the rather pedestrian Russian GP, the race at the Circuit Of The Americas was elsewhere happily stuffed with some dynamite overtaking moves and great drives.Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo had a poor start but delivered yet another barnstorming drive to finish third. On lap 51, Jean-Eric Vergne, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen found themselves three abreast into turn 12, and while the Toro Rosso driver's exit wasn't entirely clean - ask Ro-Gro - it was still great to watch.His teammate Danil Kyvat made the relentlessly lacklustre Kimi Raikkonen look silly on lap 49, and the last 10 laps saw a furious, if sometimes scrappy, battle for the remaining points positions between Vettel, Magnussen, Vergne, Maldonado, Grosjean and Button. It was good to see the Lotus guys more competitive this weekend. Massa, Bottas and Alonso, meanwhile, rounded out the top six.It was a shot in the arm for a sport that currently struggles with deep financial problems. Marussia and Caterham are both now in administration with dark murmurings surrounding several other teams.The mess prompted an unusual mea culpa from Bernie Ecclestone this weekend, when he admitted that 'there is too much money being distributed badly - probably my fault.' He later added that the teams were so competitive that 'the more you give them, the more they want'.That may be true. Nevertheless, Formula One, hardly the most equitable of places especially when it comes to cold, hard cash, desperately needs to get to grips with the concept of doing something for the greater good.