Max Verstappen took his second win of the season in Mexico yesterday while Lewis Hamilton was able to secure his fourth Formula One World Championship of his career since becoming a rookie with McLaren in 2007. Sebastian Vettel made a valiant effort to come back from an eventful first lap incident with Hamilton.
The start of the Mexican Grand Prix was somewhat hectic with an enormous amount of pressure on pole sitter, Vettel. Verstappen in the Red Bull made a great start and was able to put a blinding move on Vettel from turn 1 into turn 2. The German seemed almost cautious under braking which the #33 Red Bull took full advantage of. Vettel was then passed by rival Hamilton, but not for long. The Ferrari driver in desperation tried to force his way back up the inside but made contact with the Mercedes and caused damage to his front wing along with a right-rear puncture to Hamilton.
Both Hamilton and Vettel had to pit immediately due to damage from the contact while Max Verstappen was able to pull away at the front ahead of the second Mercedes of Bottas. Vettel wasn’t finished yet though. The German was showing some serious pace and was able to get himself back to eighth fairly quickly. After the Virtual Safety Car on lap 31, the Ferrari stopped for another set of tires to take him to the end of the race. Hamilton, on the other hand, was struggling to make progress and only after his second stop began to revive his title-winning hopes.
The Brit was eventually able to take ninth place which secured a big enough margin ahead of Vettel to take the title with two races left in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Hamilton has also now become the most successful British driver in Formula One history. Some good drives and battles were spread across the field with stand-outs being Alonso, Ocon, and Stroll. Renault had a terrible day in the reliability department with retirements from Sainz, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, and Hartley who all retired from the race before the chequered flag. We hope the last couple of races offer some similarly good action throughout, see you then!