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Hamilton seals 2017 F1 title in Mexico

30th Oct 2017 3:17 pm

Verstappen took a dominant victory, with Bottas and Raikkonen completing the podium.

Max Verstappen took victory in a dramatic Mexican Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton survived a collision with Formula One title rival, Sebastian Vettel, to clinch his fourth world championship.

The Red Bull driver boldly passed pole-sitter Vettel into Turn 1 at the start, escaping contact with the Ferrari driver to continue and dominate the race at Mexico City. But behind him, Vettel had suffered minor front wing damage, and Hamilton got ahead of the Ferrari through Turn 2. Vettel then tagged the right-rear tyre of Hamilton on the exit of Turn 3, further damaging his own wing and giving Hamilton a puncture.

That forced both drivers to limp back to the pits, leaving Verstappen clear to defeat the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by 19.6sec to take his third F1 win. Though Vettel recovered to fourth place to cut Hamilton's championship lead to 56 points, there are only 50 remaining in the final two races, meaning Hamilton won the championship despite only battling back to ninth.

While Hamilton struggled to close back up to the pack, Vettel made quick progress through the field, climbing up to seventh before the race was neutralised by the virtual safety car when Brendon Hartley's retired with an engine problem.

While Hamilton struggled to close back up to the pack, Vettel made quick progress through the field, climbing up to seventh before the race was neutralised by the virtual safety car when Brendon Hartley's retired with an engine problem. The trio rejoined in the same positions, with Vettel and Hamilton also pitting for fresh rubber and taking ultra-softs and super-softs, respectively, with a little over half of the race to go.

The title rivals restarted their recovery drives, with Vettel passing Kevin Magnussen to take seventh, while Hamilton passed Romain Grosjean, Pascal Wehrlein, Pierre Gasly and Marcus Ericsson to run 12th.

Vettel then lunged down the inside of Perez to take sixth at Turn 4 and made short work of Stroll into Turn 1 to snatch fifth, before setting off in pursuit of Ocon. The Ferrari driver caught the Force India one quickly and used DRS to blast past Ocon into Turn 1 for fourth, with teammate Raikkonen a further 24sec up the road with 14 laps to go.

Hamilton, who came out on top in a brilliant tussle with Fernando Alonso late on to take ninth, joins Vettel and Alain Prost on four world titles, with only Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio ahead on the all-time list with seven and five, respectively.

Ocon equalled his best-ever F1 result with fifth, ahead of Stroll, Perez and Magnussen.

Daniel Ricciardo recovered from starting 16th – following grid penalties for engine component changes, to run seventh early on, but his race lasted just five laps as he suffered yet more problems with his Renault engine.

Marcus Ericsson spent the early part of the race just inside the points, but retired in the closing stages after reporting a brake-by-wire failure and retiring the car.

Renault suffered a double retirement, with Carlos Sainz Jr stopping late on after reporting his car was pulling on the straights.

Race result

POS

DRIVER

CAR

LAPS

GAP

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

71

1h36m26.552s

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

71

19.678s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

71

54.007s

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

71

1m10.078s

5

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

70

1 Lap

6

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

70

1 Lap

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

70

1 Lap

8

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

70

1 Lap

9

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

70

1 Lap

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

70

1 Lap

11

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

70

1 Lap

12

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Honda

70

1 Lap

13

Pierre Gasly

Toro Rosso/Renault

70

1 Lap

14

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber/Ferrari

69

2 Laps

15

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

69

2 Laps

-

Carlos Sainz

Renault

59

Retirement

-

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

55

Power Unit

-

Brendon Hartley

Toro Rosso/Renault

30

Power Unit

-

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

24

Retirement

-

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

5

Turbo

 

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