Mexican GP: Verstappen wins, Hamilton crowned champion

  • Published on 28 Oct 2018 21:50
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton has been crowned a five-time world champion at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after crossing the line in fifth place. Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix, dominating the race after jumping pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo off the line.

Hamilton also passed Ricciardo on the run down into Turn 1 but couldn't get by Verstappen. However, Hamilton suffered from tyre issues throughout the race and was the first man out of the top teams to come in and take off the ultra soft tyre.

Hamilton pitted on lap 11 for a set of the super soft tyres, and was followed in by teammate Valtteri Bottas. The following laps saw both Red Bulls and Ferraris come into the pits, with Raikkonen the last of the top six to peel into the pitlane.

Raikkonen stayed out and held up Hamilton for second, who lost a lot of time to Ricciardo. However, they both passed the Finn into Turn 4 and continued on their way. Soon though, they were both staring at the rear wing of Sebastian Vettel, who overtook them both.

Hamilton then started to struggle on his tyres and locked up at Turn 1 which allowed Ricciardo through. Mercedes made the call to bring Hamilton in for his second stop, and the Briton coasted to the end to make sure of his fifth world championship.

Vettel made a second pit stop and found himself closing in on Ricciardo, who had only made one pit stop. Vettel had a significant pace advantage but couldn't find a way around his former teammate, with traffic playing a major role in their battle.

But it soon went sour for Ricciardo as the when a burst of smoke came from his engine which forced him into his eighth retirement of the season. That promoted Vettel into second and Raikkonen into third, gifting Ferrari a double podium finish.

Hamilton eventually crossed the line in fourth place to seal the championship, finishing ahead of teammate Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg benefited from Ricciardo's retirement and was promoted into sixth place. Renault missed out on a double points finish after Carlos Sainz was forced into retirement with a car issue.

Sauber has now overtaken Toro Rosso in the constructor's championship after Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished in seventh and ninth place respectively. Stoffel Vandoorne bagged his first top ten finish since Azerbaijan, while Pierre Gasly secured the final point.

MX Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez - 28 October 2018

Well that was dissapointing... I expected drama at the front and that lasted for about 45s. Then it turned into a snoozefest, compounded by reliability issues that made it even worse. Also, what the hell is going on with Ricciardo's car? I mean if I were a bit more irrational I'd start throwing t... [Read more]

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  • Oct 28 2018 - 22:17

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  • Well that was dissapointing... I expected drama at the front and that lasted for about 45s. Then it turned into a snoozefest, compounded by reliability issues that made it even worse. Also, what the hell is going on with Ricciardo's car? I mean if I were a bit more irrational I'd start throwing tinfoil hat theories...

    Great drive for Stoffel, he really needed some points. Although, he was very lucky to be there.

    Nice for Vettel for completing his first race without spinning in some time. Although he did touch with Bottas.

    México once again delivered what I'd describe as the best atmosphere of the entire calendar, but the race itself was very underwhelming.

    Finally, congratulations to Lewis on securing his 5th title. It was well earned in a year where at least on half the races he didn't have the fastest car. He comprehensively discomfited Sebastián. Although it could be argued that Sebastián did a lot of that to himself.

    I do hope that with very little else to play for, we get more action at the front and provide some entertaining final races. However, don't expect Lewis to win any races, he's got a perfect record of not winning after securing his championship.

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    • Oct 28 2018 - 22:17
  • A decent race. A bit disappointing, as AJPP say, but still decent. Congrats to Hammy. He did a good job this year. Mind, Im a bit disappointed. I was promised carnage on lap 1, and here I was, having found a pic of Scarecrow and having practiced on how I'd say that I love it when nightmaaarrres come trrrruuuee, yet now that will never happen. Thanks F1, for killing Calleween..

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    • Oct 29 2018 - 06:06

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