F1: Hamilton Clinches 5th World Championship, as Verstappen Wins Mexico GP
The Champagne and the big trophy in Mexico City went to Max Verstappen having driven an exemplary race to repeat his Y 2017 victory at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
And, it was a 5th title win for Lewis Hamilton, the MercedesAMG driver’s 4th place finish wasenough to see him crowned champion with 2 races to go, becoming only the 3rd ever driver, behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, to claim 5 world championships.
Mr. Verstappen’s win was the most polished of his career to date. He was aggressive off the line to pip his Pole-sitting team mate and enjoyed a mostly unchallenged race out at the front of the field.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel knew that his chances of staying in the title hunt were minimal into the race. But he did out in fine performance to finish 2nd, but that was not enough for him to deny Mr. Hamilton his championship.
Mr. Vettel was joined on the Podium by his team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who, having had a mostly quiet afternoon but doing enough to deny Mr. Hamilton a Podium finish on his momentous title-winning day.
That left the MercedesAMG team to finish 4th and 5th, Mr. Hamilton ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas, with Mr. Hamilton massively dropping his pace and cruising home safely and claim the championship.
Some fine midfield performances saw Nico Hulkenberg take 6th, good news for Renault on a day when team Haas failed to score, Charles Leclerc finish 7th, while Stoffel Vandoorne was 8th to equal his best performance of the year.
But despite a crushing win for Mr. Verstappen to put Red Bull Racing on Top for the 1st time since Austria, the kudos today have gone to Mr. Hamilton now having joined a very rare group of F1 drivers.
Have a terrific weekend