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.
|1.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||1h36:33||71|
|2.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+ 19.678||71|
|3.||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||+ 54.007||71|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 70.078||71|
|5.||Esteban Ocon||Force India||70|
|7.||Sergio Perez||Force India||70|
|8.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1||70|
|13.||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||70|
|15.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1||69|
|Did not finish|
|16.||Carlos Sainz jr||Renault||59|
|18.||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||30|
|20.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||5|