Hamilton wins F1 title, Verstappen wins Mexican Grand Prix

01 November, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Formula One World Championship

"It was a awful race", Hamilton said.

"There were several different problems on the whole vehicle".

"I knew it was in there somewhere - I just knew the pace was in the auto - Max showed that all weekend".

The 1-2 start will be the first for Red Bull since the start of the hybrid engine era in 2014.

The Dutch 21-year-old had dominated every free practice session and was set to become the youngest Formula One driver ever to start on pole position when Ricciardo swept in and grabbed it at the finish.

Hamilton won nine season races for a career tally of now 71 and was on fire especially in the second half of the season when he pulled away from Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to clinch the title with two races to spare on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, just as he did a year ago.

Daniel Ricciardo went from pole position to yet another disaster as engine failure doomed his vehicle yet again.

Horner felt Ricciardo's performance had been deserving of a podium finish only for the Australian to suffer a hydraulic failure with under ten laps remaining, ending his race and ensuring an eighth retirement of 2018.

The result was Verstappen's fifth victory in F1 and his second of the season. The straight line power of his Mercedes nosed his vehicle in front until Verstappen cut under him at the first corner.

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Hamilton could have let the Red Bulls ride off from the start, but he took a shot at the lead when by slipping into a gap between them. It wasn't won here, it was won through a lot of hard work through many races.

The team constructor's championship is still up for grabs between Mercedes and Ferrari.

For the second year in succession, Vettel has watched Hamilton sew up the title with two rounds to spare.

Lewis Hamilton will celebrate winning the world championship with his dogs in Los Angeles, the triumphant Briton revealed on Sunday night.

"He drove superb all year".

Verstappen looked likely to take pole, edging ahead of Vettel and Hamilton - but Ricciardo hit straight back. "Five (championships) is something incredible".

Though Red Bull filled the Mexico City front row with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, the substantial advantage it held in Friday practice was reduced on Saturday - with third-placed Hamilton within 0.135 seconds of the top spot and Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari a further 0.076s back. "I asked him to keep pushing for next year to be at his best, to fight him again".

Hamilton started third and passed Daniel Ricciardo off the line, but neither he nor teammate Valtteri Bottas were competitive on race pace as they struggled to make their tyres last.

"The auto. I'll let Gasly drive it, I'm done with it". He was in a furious fight to hold off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel for second until smoke billowed from the back of his auto with nine laps to go and he surrendered. "It was the most costly one, but it's part of racing", Vettel said.

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