Mexican GP: Results

Max Verstappen runs away with the lead in the Mexican Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen while Lewis Hamilton pulls in at 9th to take his fourth World Championship. Sebastian Vettel needed a top 2 finish to extend the championship to Brazil but could not after some Turn 3 contact with Verstappen and Hamilton damaged his wing, forcing a stop. The same contact gave Lewis a puncture which put him down in 20th and caused possible aero issues as he was unable to carry as much speed after his lap 1 stop. Vettel then carved his way through the field to 4th but was unable to catch his teammate Kimi in 3rd. Further downfield, Daniel Ricciardo had another engine failure to give him his second DNF in a row. He was a victim in what amounted to a terrible day for Renault-powered teams as 4 of the 6 Renault powered cars did not finish. Nico Hulkenberg had a scary moment, being told his car was unsafe and to stop the car and jump from it without grounding it for fear of electrical shock. Carlos Sainz pulled in to the pits late in the race with an engine failure. Brendon Hartley brought out the VSC with a fiery end to his day, leaving Verstappen and Pierre Gasly as the only two to finish the race. The Red Bull box got nervous, telling Max to slow his pace a bit to look after the engine for fear his would go as well. The kid didn’t listen, setting fastest laps well to near the end; taking the race win with ease. The post-race events were the definition of confusion; with Hamilton running in circles, the media wanting to follow him and not the race winner, the podium turning (literally) into a DJ booth and Raikkonen hanging out in front of it drinking his victory sauce. 

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull  1:36:26.550
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes  +0:19.678
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari  +0:54.007
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari  1:18.785 +1:10.078
5 Esteban Ocon Force India  Lapped
6 Lance Stroll Williams  Lapped
7 Sergio Perez Force India Lapped
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Lapped
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lapped
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren Lapped
11 Filipe Massa Williams Lapped
12 Stoffel Vandoor McLaren Lapped
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Lapped
14 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Lapped
15 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Lapped
R Carlos Sainz Renault Retired (59)
R Marcus Ericsson Sauber Retired (55)
R Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Retired (30)
R Nico Hulkenberg Renault Retired (24)
R Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Retired (5)

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