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Max Verstappen wins F1 Mexican Grand Prix as title battle ends

Max Verstappen wins F1 Mexican Grand Prix as title battle ends

Lewis Hamilton received a fourth System 1 drivers’ championship Sunday whereas Max Verstappen received the Mexican Grand Prix.

A gap change between Hamilton and title rival Sebastian Vettel was the stuff of nightmares for followers of the Mercedes driver as the 2 drivers made contact, forcing each to pit with harm on the finish of lap 1.

Whereas Vettel shortly climbed by way of the sector, Hamilton struggled. However, with Vettel solely capable of attain fourth place, ninth was greater than adequate for Hamilton to take the championship glory — turning into the primary driver since James Hunt in 1976 to win the championship when ending a lap down within the clinching race.

“Actually, it doesn’t really feel actual man,” mentioned Hamilton earlier than operating across the observe to greet his mechanics within the pits. “I imply, clearly, that’s not the sort of race that I need — if you’re 40 seconds behind or one thing — however I by no means gave up and that’s actually, I assume, what’s necessary, what’s in my coronary heart.

“I saved going proper to the top, so I’m grateful for immediately and I simply wish to elevate it as much as my household and to God and, as I say, my crew.”

Though the battle between Vettel and Hamilton has been fierce throughout the season, Vettel confirmed his class on the slow-down lap as he pulled alongside the Mercedes driver to applaud him on his success.

“It’s disappointing, clearly, nevertheless it’s not that necessary,” mentioned Vettel. “What we’ve got finished immediately is extra necessary. Clearly, what Lewis has finished — he’s finished an outstanding job all 12 months spherical and deserves to win the title so congratulations to him and, you understand, it’s not about anybody else immediately, it’s about him.

“I don’t worry him. I like racing with him, however clearly I’d have appreciated slightly bit extra of that this 12 months. However general, they had been simply the higher bunch.”

The standout efficiency of the weekend got here from race winner Verstappen as he saved pushing for the length, ultimately crossing the road with a 20-second hole again to Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes. The race-winning transfer got here on the first advanced on lap 1 as he braved it out on the surface of Vettel across the first flip, gaining him the within line for flip 2 and a transparent run from there to the top.

“The beginning was essential, and I went across the exterior, in order that labored out nicely,” mentioned Verstappen. “From there on, I used to be principally taking care of the tires. The automotive simply carried out rather well within the race. In fact, after final week (the place Verstappen misplaced a podium by way of a post-race, five-second penalty) it is a excellent race.

“I used to be cruising. That (contact between Vettel and Hamilton) was good to see for me, and from there I simply pulled away and did my race.”

Verstappen might have been one of the best driver on the day, however the day and the season belong to Hamilton. Discounting a disappointing race and efficiency on Sunday, Hamilton has pushed virtually faultlessly all season — his qualifying performances themselves sufficient for him to be deserving of the title.

Kimi Raikkonen was third forward of teammate Vettel. Esteban Ocon was fifth.

System 1

Gallery: F1 on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico Metropolis, Mexico, Sunday Oct. 29, 2017

Pos

No

Driver

Automobile

Laps

Time/Retired

Pts

1

33

Max Verstappen

Pink Bull Racing TAG Heuer

71

36:26.6

25

2

77

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

71

+19.678s

18

three

7

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

71

+54.007s

15

four

5

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

71

+70.078s

12

5

31

Esteban Ocon

Pressure India Mercedes

70

+1 lap

10

6

18

Lance Stroll

Williams Mercedes

70

+1 lap

eight

7

11

Sergio Perez

Pressure India Mercedes

70

+1 lap

6

eight

20

Kevin Magnussen

Haas Ferrari

70

+1 lap

four

9

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

70

+1 lap

2

10

14

Fernando Alonso

McLaren Honda

70

+1 lap

1

11

19

Felipe Massa

Williams Mercedes

70

+1 lap

zero

12

2

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren Honda

70

+1 lap

zero

13

10

Pierre Gasly

Toro Rosso

70

+1 lap

zero

14

94

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber Ferrari

69

+2 laps

zero

15

eight

Romain Grosjean

Haas Ferrari

69

+2 laps

zero

NC

55

Carlos Sainz

Renault

59

DNF

zero

NC

9

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber Ferrari

55

DNF

zero

NC

28

Brendon Hartley

Toro Rosso

30

DNF

zero

NC

27

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

24

DNF

zero

NC

three

Daniel Ricciardo

Pink Bull Racing TAG Heuer

5

DNF

zero

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