LEWIS HAMILTON clinched his FOURTH System One title in thrilling type – and have become probably the most profitable British driver of all time.
Whereas Mexico celebrated their Day of the Useless, it turned out to be an absolute nightmare begin for Hamilton, who was working LAST after the primary lap however recovered to overhaul Sir Jackie Stewart’s haul of three world crowns.
Hamilton’s obvious procession to a fourth title was thrown into jeopardy on the primary flip in Mexico when he clashed with arch rival Sebastian Vettel.
This was speculated to be a cakewalk. He solely wanted to complete fifth and he could be assured of his fourth world title after earlier wins in 2008, 2014 and 2015.
However a first-lap collision with Vettel dropped him all the way down to final place, with extreme harm to his automotive.
The flashpoint occurred on the third nook and featured a typical Hamilton transfer, albeit one which has not been seen all season.
Regardless of figuring out that he solely wanted to maintain it clear and play the chances recreation, Hamilton was not content material with the third place he began in and seized upon a battled between Max Verstappen and Vettel to attempt to transfer into first place.
It was courageous however gung-ho strategy which value him massively, as Vettel clipped his rear proper tyre, inflicting a puncture – however in the end it didn’t matter.
An ecstatic Hamilton stated afterwards: “Wow. I wish to say thanks to everybody who got here out to help us.
“I did all the pieces I might. Had a superb begin and I do not know what occurred on flip three.
“That wasn’t the sort of race I would like however I by no means gave up and saved going proper to the top.”
When Hamilton did return to the observe, he was useless final. And so as to add salt into his wounds he was quickly lapped by Verstappen after solely 31 minutes of this race.
As for Vettel, who additionally pitted on the finish of his first lap for a brand new entrance wing, he quickly began combating again via the sphere.
To his credit score, the German loves a scrap and shortly made up a variety of locations, whereas Hamilton struggled.
A minimum of a win would do for the Ferrari driver whereas on the midway stage Hamilton started to rediscover his tempo.
A cease for contemporary tyres helped Hamilton’s trigger whereas Vettel’s progress was slowed by dwelling favorite Sergio Perez.
However he lastly discovered a method via and made it into the highest three, some feat contemplating he was 19th on the finish of the final lap.
However in the end, the duty was too nice for Vettel, and when Hamilton handed Fernando Alonso on lap 68 to enter ninth place, that is all of the Brit wanted to win his title.
Finally, the race was gained by Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen, whereas Valtteri Bottas was second and Kimi Raikkonen third.
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