F1: Lewis Hamilton Wins the F1 Mexican Grand Prix
MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton won the F1 Mexican Grand Prix, but teammate Nico Rosberg is still in position to claim his 1st world title with 2 races remaining.
Mr. Hamilton’s Pole-to-Flag victory was the world champion’s 8th of the season and puts him level with France’s Alain Prost in the all-time lists with 51 career victories. Only Michael Schumacher at 91 has won more.
Mr. Rosberg, who would have clinched the title had he won and Mr. Hamilton finished 10th or lower, finished 8.354 secs behind to anchor champions MercedesAMG’s 6th 1-2 finish of this season.
Nico Rosberg holds a 19-point championship lead over Mr. Hamilton, he can clinch the title if he wins the penultimate round at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit in Brazil in 2 weeks’ time.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took 3rd place when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who provided much of the afternoon’s entertainment, was penalized after the Chequered Flag for gaining an advantage when going off the track.
“He has to let me go, he has to let me go,” Mr. Vettel exclaimed furiously over the team radio as Mr. Verstappen refused to concede the place.
Mr. Vettel pulled side by side with the Red Bull driver after they crossed the line.
Mr. Verstappen joined the MercedesAMG drivers in the waiting room before the Podium ceremony, but was then ushered out after stewards imposed a 5 sec time penalty and Mr. Vettel had to run down the pit lane to the Podium.
In a race that saw all but 1 of the 22 starters finish, the safety car was deployed on the 2nd lap when Mexican Esteban Gutierrez tagged Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor and pushed him into Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.
There was more drama at the front where Mr. Hamilton made a good getaway, but then locked up and trekked across the grass, cutting the 1st corner without incident.
Messrs Verstappen and Rosberg made contact behind him, with the Dutch driver trying to find a way through on the inside from 3rd place on the grid, but race stewards decided to take no further action.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished 4th for Red Bull, moved up by Mr. Verstappen’s penalty placing him 5th.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished 6th, Nico Hulkenberg 7th for Force India and the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa 8th and 8th.
F1 Drivers’ Championship Standings: Top 10
1. Nico Rosberg (Ger – Mercedes) 349 points
2. Lewis Hamilton (GB – Mercedes) 330pts
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus – Red Bull-TAG Heuer) 239pts
4. Sebastian Vettel (Ger – Ferrari) 192pts
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin – Ferrari) 178pts
6. Max Verstappen (Hol – Red Bull-TAG Heuer) 175pts
7. Sergio Pérez (Mex – Force India-Mercedes) 85pts
8. Valtteri Bottas (Fin – Williams-Mercedes) 85pts
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger – Force India-Mercedes) 60pts
10. Fernando Alonso (Spa – McLaren-Honda) 52pts
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