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Verstappen wins in Mexico, Hamilton secures title despite Vettel clash

Max Verstappen took a convincing race win in Mexico as Hamilton secured his fourth world title despite finishing a lap down after a first lap clash with Sebastian Vettel that put them both way down the order. Hamilton suffered a puncture with Vettel having to replace his front wing.

Both drivers battled back to the points with Vettel in fourth and Hamilton in ninth but it was not enough to change the outcome of what looked like a foregone conclusion at the beginning of the day but put in doubt after the first lap collision. Verstappen also maintained his peculiar record of winning every race after Daniil Kvyat has been dropped, taking his win tally to 3.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas took his first podium position in three races, doing his job to backup his teammate in what was a lonely race for the Finn, unable to challenge Verstappen ahead and not under any threat from Kimi Raikkonen behind. Raikkonen made it a double Finnish podium who was untrouble after he jumped the Force India’s and the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg by pitting under virtual safety car.

Esteban Ocon took his joint best finish of his career in fifth place, but could count himself unlucky after running in third before the pitstops and on another day may have been able to hang on to grab his first ever podium if the virtual safety car had not come out. The other Force India of Sergio Perez will also surely be disappointed to only finish seventh and again behind his teammate in his home race for the third season in a row.

29 October 2017 – Grand Prix of Mexico – Race
    Driver Team Difference #
1. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1h36:33 71
2. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 19.678 71
3. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 54.007 71
4. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 70.078 71
5. FR Esteban Ocon Force India   70
6. CA Lance Stroll Williams   70
7. MX Sergio Perez Force India   70
8. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1   70
9. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes   70
10. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren   70
11. BR Felipe Massa Williams   70
12. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren   70
13. FR Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso   70
14. DE Pascal Wehrlein Sauber   69
15. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1   69
Did not finish
16. ES Carlos Sainz jr Renault   59
17. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber   55
18. NZ Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso   30
19. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault   24
20. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing   5