Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix at Hermanos Rodriguez

Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix at Hermanos Rodriguez

Hamilton has won the Mexican Formula One Grand Prix‭, ‬but Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg remains in pole position to claim his first world title with two races remaining‭.‬


Hamilton’s pole-to-flag victory was the triple world champion’s eighth of the season and puts him level with France’s Alain Prost in the all-time lists with 51‭ ‬career victories‭. ‬Only Michael Schumacher‭ (‬91‭) ‬has won more‭.‬


Rosberg‭, ‬who would have clinched the title had he won and Hamilton finished 10th or lower‭, ‬finished 8.354‭ ‬seconds behind to anchor champions Mercedes to their sixth one-two finish of the season‭. ‬


The German‭, ‬who holds a 19-point championship lead over Hamilton‭, ‬can clinch the title if he wins the penultimate round at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit in Brazil in two weeks’‭ ‬time‭.‬


“Lewis has been too fast this weekend‭,‬”‭ ‬said Rosberg‭. ‬“I just have to accept second place‭.‬”


The race ended up with three different drivers listed as the third-placed finisher‭, ‬Daniel Ricciardo eventually getting the nod‭ ‬after both Max Verstappen‭ (‬who crossed the line first‭) ‬and Sebastian Vettel‭ (‬who stood on the podium‭) ‬copping post-race time penalties‭.‬


Verstappen‭, ‬who provided much of the afternoon’s entertainment with Vettel‭, ‬was penalised after the chequered flag for gaining an advantage when going off the track‭.‬


“He has to let me go‭, ‬he has to let me go‭,‬”‭ ‬Vettel exclaimed furiously over the team radio as Verstappen refused to concede the place‭.‬


The German pulled level with the Red Bull driver after they crossed the line‭, ‬raising his finger and wagging it theatrically‭. ‬


Verstappen joined the Mercedes drivers in the waiting room before the podium ceremony but was then hauled out after stewards imposed a five second time penalty and Vettel had to run down the pit lane to the podium‭.‬


But three hours after the race Vettel too was stripped of third place‭, ‬stewards handing him a 10‭ ‬second time penalty for a late‭-‬race block on Ricciardo while they were fighting over fourth place‭. ‬


In a race that saw all but one of the 22‭ ‬starters finish‭, ‬the safety car was deployed on the second lap when Mexican Esteban Gutierrez tagged Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor and pushed him into Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber‭.‬


There was more drama at the front where Hamilton made a good getaway but then locked up and trekked across the grass‭, ‬cutting the first corner without consequence‭.‬


Verstappen and Rosberg made contact behind him‭, ‬with the Dutch driver trying to find a way through on the inside from third place on the grid‭, ‬but race stewards decided to take no further action‭.‬


Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull‭, ‬moved up by Verstappen’s penalty with the Dutchman classified fifth‭.‬


Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth‭, ‬Nico Hulkenberg seventh for Force India and the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe‭ ‬Massa eighth and ninth‭.‬


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