Hamilton matches Fangio's five as Verstappen wins Mexican Grand Prix

by Leon Thompson November 1, 2018, 2:32
Hamilton matches Fangio's five as Verstappen wins Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won the fifth Formula 1 world title of his career after finishing in fourth place at the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday. I let a bit out once I heard I got pole.

Ricciardo's effort set up what could be his last chance to win for Red Bull.

Hamilton's positive experience at the Mexican Grand Prix mirrored a year ago, when he also won the title at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez at Vettel's expense. "I need to save a little serenity for tomorrow".

The 21-year-old even frequently instructed his Red Bull team to turn his engine down after watching Ricciardo retire from the race with another mechanical failure.

Persistent tyre problems hindered Hamilton's race and chances of wrapping up the title with a win, but he remained safely within the required top seven. "The team has worked very hard for this so it is crucial that we now make the most of it". "That would be helpful, but I don't mind those (Red Bull) guys being where they are because that takes the points away from Sebastian".

The unlucky Ricciardo later suffered another retirement in a year blighted by bad luck, allowing Hamilton to reclaim the place, with his teammate Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

The Ferrari man must win to have any hope of extending the title race to Brazil, but he, like Hamilton, might prefer to see what damage Verstappen and Ricciardo can do to one another.

The Australian was running in second and set for a one-stop strategy which would have likely seen him hold off Sebastian Vettel for a Red Bull one-two before smoke began billowing from his auto with only 10 laps remaining.

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Yet, while Red Bull will be encouraged by their impressive pace, the mechanical problems which have plagued Verstappen's teammate Ricciardo in recent races, reared their head on his vehicle, which will no doubt be a cause for concern.

"I think he drove superbly all year and was the better one of us two", said the German, whose season unravelled after the August break.

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 so to complete this - Fangio had done it with Mercedes - it's an incredible feeling and very surreal at the moment".

It marked Ricciardo's second race-ending reliability issue in as many weeks, in a season in which he has failed to reach the chequered flag on eight occasions.

Verstappen fumed as Ricciardo celebrated, but Hamilton - in third - was considerably happier as he qualified ahead of title rival Vettel to edge towards the drivers' championship.

"It was a shame to lose Daniel", said Verstappen, who had been angry on Saturday after missing out on pole.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, drives his vehicle during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

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