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Rosberg holds on for Mexican GP victory

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Monday 2nd November, 2015 - 8:06am

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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg overcame a late Safety Car period to edge Lewis Hamilton to victory in the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Mercedes duo dominated the race with Rosberg holding an advantage over his team-mate from the outset.

In a bid to safeguard the result, Mercedes chose to pit its drivers for a second time prior to the Safety Car, which initially saw Hamilton controversially ignore the team order.

However, with Rosberg seemingly on course for a relatively comfortable victory, the race was neutralised when Sebastian Vettel’s disastrous afternoon came to an end after a high speed crash at the Esses.

Despite witnessing his three second lead over Hamilton evaporate, Rosberg managed to fend off his rival in the closing laps to take the victory.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas capitalised on the Safety Car period to change to fresh tyres, which allowed the Finn to pass the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat to claim the final podium spot.

Bottas appeared to be struggling in the latter stages of the race on worn tyres courtesy of an early pit stop.

Red Bull enjoyed one of its strongest showings of the season with Kvyat, who held third for long periods, coming home in fourth ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo was lucky to avoid damage on the opening lap when he made contact with Vettel’s Ferrari, which resulted in a puncture for the four-time world champion.

Vettel never recovered from the incident as he suffered from a mechanical issue that appeared to be a contributing factor in his race ending crash on lap 51.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa finished in sixth aided by a stop from fresh tyres under the Safety Car.

Force India recorded a double points finish with Nico Hulkenberg edging local hero Sergio Perez to seventh, while Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus) completed the top 10.

It proved to be a nightmare day for Ferrari with the Maranello team suffering its first double retirement since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

Hampered by penalties for engine and gearbox changes, Kimi Raikkonen surged from the rear of the grid to seventh before he collided with countryman Bottas on lap 22, breaking his right rear suspension.

McLaren’s troubles continued with Fernando Alonso forced to retire with a MGU-K issue on the opening lap, while team-mate Jenson Button could only manage a finish in 14th position.

Result: Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix

Position Driver Team Laps Time/Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 71
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +1.954s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 71 +14.592s
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 71 +16.572s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 71 +19.682s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 71 +21.493s
7 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 71 +25.860s
8 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 71 +34.343s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 71 +35.229s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 71 +37.934s
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 71 +38.538s
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 71 +40.180s
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 71 +48.772s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 71 +49.214s
15 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 69 +2 Laps
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 69 +2 Laps
DNF Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 57 Brakes
DNF Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 50 Spun off
DNF Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 21 Collision
DNF Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Power Unit

Championship Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 345
2 Nico Rosberg 272
3 Sebastian Vettel 251
4 Valtteri Bottas 126
5 Kimi Räikkönen 123
6 Felipe Massa 117
7 Daniil Kvyat 88
8 Daniel Ricciardo 84
9 Sergio Pérez 68
10 Max Verstappen 47
11 Romain Grosjean 45
12 Nico Hülkenberg 44
13 Felipe Nasr 27
14 Pastor Maldonado 26
15 Carlos Sainz 18
16 Jenson Button 16
17 Fernando Alonso 11
18 Marcus Ericsson 9
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Alexander Rossi 0
21 Will Stevens 0

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