LEWIS HAMILTON CLINCHED THIS YEAR’S FORMULA 1 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BUT IT WAS MAX VERSTAPPEN WHO WON A HUGELY EXCITING MEXICAN GRAND PRIX
Hamilton battled back from some early trouble to be classified ninth overall at the chequered flag, finishing an entire lap behind Verstappen. It was enough, however, to earn him the points to seal first place on the season standings with two races still remaining in the season.
Hamilton’s chief title-rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished fourth but needed to go second or better, with Hamilton not scoring, to extend their championship fight.
Hamilton has also become the first British driver to win four Formula 1 world championships, while he also maintained today his season-long run of scoring points in every single Grand Prix.
After the race, Hamilton commented:
“To be honest, this fourth world title is not even registering right now. There is all this energy from the people around you, but it takes a while for it to really sink in.
“I am incredibly grateful when I think about everything that was going on this year and everything that had to be in place to produce this result. I didn’t do this on my own, there are over a thousand people back in Brackley and Brixworth who have created this beast that has given me the opportunity to exploit my abilities"
Following a brilliant start, Verstappen led from the third corner after a dramatic collision involving Hamilton and Vettel. Hamilton suffered a puncture in the smash but recovered from last place.
With all the drama behind him, Verstappen cruised to victory in front of Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen. The win added to his previous victories in Spain last year and Malaysia earlier in October.
Race winner Verstappen said:
"The start was very crucial, I went around the outside and from then on I was just looking after the car and the tyres. After last it is a perfect race, it was great.”
The Formula 1 season continues with the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 12, which marks the penultimate round of the 2017 world championship.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||71||1||Max Verstappen|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||71||2||Valtteri Bottas|
|3||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||71||3||Kimi Raikkonen|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||71||4||Sebastian Vettel|
|5||Esteban Ocon||Force India||70||5||Esteban Ocon|
|6||Lance Stroll||Williams||70||6||Lance Stroll|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India||70||7||Sergio Perez|
|8||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||70||8||Kevin Magnussen|
|9||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||70||9||Lewis Hamilton|
|10||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||70||10||Fernando Alonso|
|11||Felipe Massa||Williams||70||11||Felipe Massa|
|12||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||70||12||Stoffel Vandoorne|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||70||13||Pierre Gasly|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||69||14||Pascal Wehrlein|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas||69||15||Romain Grosjean|
|NC||Carlos Sainz||Renault||59||NC||Carlos Sainz|
|NC||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||55||NC||Marcus Ericsson|
|NC||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||30||NC||Brendon Hartley|
|NC||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||24||NC||Nico Hulkenberg|
|NC||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||5||NC||Daniel Ricciardo|