Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton became the F1 Champion for the fifth time as it finished fourth in Mexico City. The British now has an elusive amount of points, despite the fact that closest competitor, Sebastian Vettel had a pretty fine performance yesterday. The German is now 64 points behind, without a theoretical chance of compensating such a great amount of points, despite the facts that there are two more races in the Championship. On the other side, the British is now part of the very exceptional company. He is now on par with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio, with five F1 Championships in his portfolio. Michael Schumacher is still untouchable with seven titles.
Now, let’s get back to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. This race definitely wasn’t very pleasant for the five-time F1 champion. Despite a great start, first problems appeared already in opening laps of the race. An early pit-stop was unavoidable. Tire change didn’t help and the struggle continued. Eventually, the fourth place was enough to ensure the title, despite Vettel finished second.
On the other side, Ferrari drivers showed a fine performance, especially Vettel, who showed a really nice move on Hamilton on lap 39, which secured him second place. On the other side, Raikkonen’s driving seemed like a real routine. Effortlessly, without stressing situations, the Finn managed to keep Hamilton out of the podium.
Max Verstappen has reclaimed the throne of Mexico, at least when it comes to F1 Championship. The Dutchman showed probably the finest performance of his career so far. After a good start, he took over the leading position and won for an F1 race for the fifth time in his career. Most of the race, he enjoyed a lonely ride, out at front of the field. After two wins in a row, we can say that Verstappen definitely feels comfortable at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The Mercedes’ second driver, Valtteri Bottas finished fifth, while Nico Hülkenberg also had a fine performance and finished sixth.
Four players didn’t finish the race. Of course, Daniel Ricciardo will regret most. After winning a pole position, he had not so good start, but still was holding second place for most of the race. However, the misfortunate Australian faced transmission issues and was forced to end the race only eight laps before the finish line. This was the eighth DNF for the Australian this season. Rest of the drivers that didn’t finish the race are Carlos Sainz Jr., Sergio Perez, and a two-time Formula One Champion Fernando Alonso, who ended the race after only six laps.
Two more races are left for this season. The next one is in Brazil, in two weeks, scheduled for November 9-11. Finally, the 2018 season ends in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on November 25th.