Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel collide on first lap of 2017 Mexican Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 19:20 29 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:55 30 October 2017
Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of winning the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix suffered a first-lap blow.
The 32-year-old Mercedes Formula One driver from Hertfordshire suffered a puncture in Mexico City after an early collision with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
Both Hamilton and Vettel had to pit on the first lap, with the German driver returning to the track down in 19th place – and second from last – after having a new front wing fitted to his Ferrari.
After limping to the pits, Hamilton returned to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez track in 20th place.
Stewards looked at what happened between Vettel, Hamilton and Max Verstappen on the opening lap but decided to take no further action.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen leads the grand prix from Valtteri Bottas after 20 laps.
Hamilton was later lapped by race leader Verstappen.
Stevenage-born Hamilton currently leads the world championship by 66 points ahead of today’s race in Mexico.
The Mercedes driver has to finish in the top five to guarantee a fourth world title.
To keep alive his title hopes, Vettel needs at least two firsts and a second from the final three races of the season.