Lewis Hamilton Wins Mexican GP to Keep Title Hopes Alive
Lewis Hamilton kept his slim title hopes alive with a smashing victory over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday
Hamilton survived a scare at the start, when he ran wide at the first turn after locking a front tyre, but he quickly overcame it for his second victory in eight days after his thrilling win in the United States GP penultimate weekend.
It was a 51st career win for the Brit, and takes him up to 19 points behind championship leader Rosberg with just two races remaining.
Rosberg, who survived a lounge from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to cross the finish line in second, can now wrap up the Championship – his first – with a win in the Brazilian GP in two weeks time.
Verstappen finished third ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, but the former was given a five-second elapsed penalty for leaving the track at turn one and refusing to give the place to Vettel. The German was subsequently bumped up to third.
Three-time world champion Hamilton claimed earlier this week that he is relishing the challenge of pipping rival Rosberg to the championship, and he was in inspired form from the get-go, outpacing Rosberg in practice and qualifying before claiming a crushing victory in front of 135,000 fans on Sunday.
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