Hamilton wins in Mexico as Vettel fumes

Lewis Hamilton wins as Mexican Grand Prix erupts in controversy in the closing stages

Lewis Hamilton wins as Mexican Grand Prix erupts in controversy in the closing stages

Lewis Hamilton has prevailed in a Mercedes one-two as the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix erupted into a fiery finish.

While Hamilton has reduced the gap to Nico Rosberg to 19 points with his 51st career win heading into the penultimate round, the race for the final podium spot proved to be explosive.

Red Bull charger Max Verstappen was holding the final spot of the podium but he came under immense pressure in the closing laps from Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

With three laps remaining in the 71-lap affair Verstappen locked his brakes before spearing onto the grass at Turn 1 and seemingly gaining more of an advantage over Vettel.

The Dutch tyro then held third position to the flag with Vettel continuing to project obscenities on his radio, believing the positions should be reversed.

Stewards then issued a five second penalty to Verstappen, dropping him to fifth after the flag which promoted Vettel to third and Ricciardo to fourth.

In his fury before the penalty came down, Vettel blasted a message over his radio to Race Director Charlie Whiting.

“You know what, here’s a message for Charlie, f… off, f… off,” Vettel fumed as he was told by Maurizio Arrivabene to calm down.

Later Vettel said: “He (Verstappen) left the track and didn’t move so you can understand why I was annoyed.

“What a turnaround. I was really disappointed when I crossed the line and all of a sudden I was told to come up here (podium).”

On the penultimate lap Ricciardo went for a pass on Vettel at Turn 4 with the pair coming into contact after the German appeared to move under braking, causing friction between the drivers.

Ricciardo later expanded on the incident saying Vettel did not deserve to be standing on the podium.

As Mercedes held sway as ever at the front, there was an absorbing scrap unfolding between Felipe Massa (Williams) in ninth and Sergio Perez (Force India).

The battle raged until the flag with Massa prevailing.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas.

Seconds after the start Rosberg ran out of room when Verstappen made contact with the German who ran wide in the first turn with the incident coming under investigation, however the stewards took no action.

Behind them Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein’s race was over after contact with Esteban Gutierrez (Haas) with stewards deciding not to level blame with the former’s race over

Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) was given a 5s time penalty for causing Fernando Alonso to run out of room before the Spaniard was forced to desperately gather his McLaren up and save it from a wild spin.

The penultimate round of the 21-race F1 World Championship is scheduled for Interlagos, Brazil, on November 13.

Result: Mexican Grand Prix

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 1:40.31.40s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 71 8.35s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 17.31s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 71 20.85s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 71 21.32s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 71 49.37s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 71 58.89s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 71 1:05.61s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 71 1:16.20s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 71 1:16.79s
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 70 1 Lap
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 70 1 Lap
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 70 1 Lap
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 70 1 Lap
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 70 1 Lap
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 70 1 Lap
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 70 1 Lap
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 70 1 Lap
19 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 70 1 Lap
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 70 1 Lap
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 69 2 Laps
Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 0 Collision

Points

1 Nico Rosberg 349
2 Lewis Hamilton 330
3 Daniel Ricciardo 239
4 Sebastian Vettel 192
5 Kimi Raikkonen 178
6 Max Verstappen 175
7 Sergio Perez 85
8 Valtteri Bottas 85
9 Nico Hulkenberg 60
10 Fernando Alonso 52
11 Felipe Massa 51
12 Carlos Sainz 38
13 Romain Grosjean 29
14 Daniil Kvyat 25
15 Jenson Button 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 7
17 Jolyon Palmer 1
18 Pascal Wehrlein 1
19 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0

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