HAMILTON WINS IN MEXICO BUT TITLE HUNT CONTINUES
It was Hamilton's first victory in Mexico but unfortunately unlike the last two times Hamilton won't leave Mexico City with another World Championship on his CV. Now heading into Austin Hamilton needs just four points to clinch a sixth World Championship.
It was a Ferrari front row lock out after Verstappen received his penalty yesterday in qualifying. And it was a good start from Ferrari as they managed to be 1-2 going into turn one - behind them was where the drama happened - with Verstappen and Hamilton made contact forcing both drivers wide onto the grass. Hamilton managed to get away relatively lightly with some minor side flooring damage - Verstappen on the other hand wasn't so lucky as he eventually was forced to pit with a puncture which dropped the Red Bull down from the top five to dead last in 20th, but in a vintage Verstappen performance he managed to get himself back into the top ten in no time at all and finished in a very respectable sixth place ( one place behind team mate Alex Albon) - which rightly won him Driver of the Day.
During the race we saw a great battle between the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo and home hero Sergio Perez (Racing Point) with Ricciardo famously a late breaker when it comes to overtakes but this time around he braked just a little bit too late forcing him onto the grass which caused and eruption of cheers from the Mexican fans.
We saw three retirements this race with Norris (McLaren and Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo).
Leclerc was looking set to catch Bottas and manage a podium position but after pushing a bit too hard and locking up into the turn 2 complex he lost around a second to the Silver Arrow of Bottas which meant Leclerc was a sitting dog in fourth place, however Leclerc did gain the extra point from finishing the race with the fastest lap.
The rest other half of the points finishers looks as follows: Albon / Verstappen / Perez / Ricciardo / Gasly and Hulkenberg. Of course Hulkenberg should have finished in ninth place but after Kvyat caused the Renault to spin out on the final corner of the final lap which led to the Russian being given a ten second time penalty dropping the Toro Rosso of Kvyat from ninth to eleventh.
The Drivers Championship after the Mexican Grand Prix is as follows:
1. Lewis Hamilton - 363 (+25)
2. Valtteri Bottas - 289 (+15)
3. Charles Leclerc - 236 (+13)
4. Sebastian Vettel - 230 (+18)
5. Max Verstappen - 220 (+8)
The next race is the American Grand Prix