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Mexico

Haunted Hamilton Hunts Vital Mexico Victory

 

Lewis Hamilton haunted teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg by hunting down a vital victory in Mexico.

 

Hamilton almost handed the lead to Rosberg at the start due to a slow getaway and lock up into Turn 1. Further back, a three way contact between local driver Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber's Marcus Ericsson and Manor's Pascal Wehrlein led to the first retirement. The Safety Car was deployed whilst Wehrlein's mashed up Manor was recovered.

 

The mid section of the race featured little action. As a result, Dia de los Muertes (Day of the Dead) felt extremely realistic as the home crowds sat in silence.

 

In contrast, the latter part of the race was a lot more eventful. The battle between Red Bull and Ferrari got very heated. On Lap 69 Max Verstappen ran wide but didn't allow Sebastian Vettel to pass. Max's unpredictable driving caused Sebastian to make contact with the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. A frustrated Vettel took to the radio, using foul language to express his thoughts about Verstappen and Race Director Charlie Whiting.

 

Hamilton crossed the line to secure another vital victory and prevent Rosberg from wrapping up the title.

 

Despite the chequered flag being waved, the race wasn't over. Verstappen received a five second penalty for gaining an illegal advantage. This demoted him to fifth, handing third place to Vettel. Following the race and podium celebrations, Vettel was then penalised for 'erratic driving', promoting Ricciardo to third. Vettel is also awaiting the verdict of a further investigation into his radio language choices that could potentially see him banned from the next race in Brazil.

 

 

Driver of the Day: Lewis Hamilton

Result

1 Lewis Hamilton - 1:40.31

2 Nico Rosberg

3 Daniel Ricciardo

4 Max Verstappen

5 Sebastian Vettel

6 Kimi Raikkonen

7 Nico Hulkenburg

8 Valterri Bottas

9 Felipe Massa

10 Sergio Perez

11 Marcus Ericsson

12 Jenson Button

13 Fernando Alonso

14 Jolyon Palmer

15 Felipe Nasr

16 Carlos Sainz

17 Kevin Magnussen

18 Daniil Kvyat

19 Esteban Gutierrez

20 Romain Grosjean

21 Esteban Ocon

22 Pascal Wehrlein   DNF