F1 2015 Mexican Grand Prix: Hamilton second as Rosberg wins in Mexico
PUBLISHED: 20:49 01 November 2015 | UPDATED: 21:11 01 November 2015
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton finished second as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg won the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix.
The 30-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire crossed the finish line second at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this evening (Sunday).
Hamilton was beaten by Rosberg, who converted his 20th pole position into the fourth win of the season and the 12th grand prix victory of his F1 career.
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas completed the podium positions in third place.
Daniil Kvyat was fourth for Red Bull ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Felipe Massa sixth for Williams.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and team-mate Sergio Perez, in his home race, were seventh and eighth respectively, with Max Verstappen in a Toro Rosso and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean completing the top 10.
Being interviewed on the podium by 1992 Mexican Grand Prix winner Nigel Mansell, Hamilton said: “Nico Rosberg drove a fantastic race.
“I’ve never seen a crowd like this!”
Starting on the front row, Hamilton was unable to jump pole-sitting team-mate Nico Rosberg off the line.
Sebastian Vettel, who was third on the Mexico grid, had to pit on the opening lap for new tyres after suffering a puncture following a first-turn incident involving Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.
Meanwhile, there was further bad news for the McLaren-Honda team with Fernando Alonso having to retire on the first lap.
Race leader Rosberg and Hamilton traded fastest sectors in the opening laps, with the German driver a second clear at the front.
After 10 laps, Rosberg had pulled two seconds ahead of his Silver Arrows colleague, with Daniil Kvyat in third place for Red Bull.
Coming up to third distance, Rosberg’s lead over Hamilton was up to by 2.6 seconds, with Kvyat a further 17.6 seconds back in P3.
Of the Mercedes pair, Rosberg was the first to pit on lap 26 for harder Prime tyres, meaning he had used both compounds.
Hamilton pitted from the lead on lap 28 for Primes, slotting back into second place behind Rosberg.
With Vettel pitting again for medium tyres, the Ferrari driver was lapped by race leader Rosberg as Mercedes dominated the race.
Hamilton completed lap 45 of 71 in second place with a new personal best time of 1m 21.940s – his best of the stint after 16 laps.
The Stevenage-born F1 racer retook the lead on lap 46 when Rosberg pitted for a second time, with the Mercedes team worried about tyre wear.
Hamilton was also told to box, but replied over the team radio: “Why?”
Feeling he could finish the race on his second set of tyres, Lewis said the decision to box was “the wrong call but I’m coming in”.
The three-time world champion did pit for fresh tyres on lap 48, rejoining the race in second place behind Rosberg again.
The Safety Car was deployed after 52 laps when Vettel crashed near Turn 7, the German following Ferrari colleague Kimi Raikkonen into early retirement.
With the Safety Car out, Rosberg’s lead over Hamilton was slashed but the German managed to hold off the Hertfordshire driver at the first corner when the race restarted.
Hamilton completed lap 66 with a new personal best time of 1m 20.772s to close to within 1.2 seconds of his Silver Arrows team-mate, and then clocked a 1m 20.723s, but was just outside the DRS range.
Rosberg took the chequered flag to win the first Mexican Grand Prix in 23 years and, with Vettel not finishing the race, he climbed into second place in the World Championship as a result.
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