F1 2016 Mexican Grand Prix result: Hamilton wins in Mexico
PUBLISHED: 20:49 30 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 31 October 2016
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix to make it back-to-back victories.
The 31-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Herfordshire took the chequered flag at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City this evening to follow his success in last Sunday’s United States GP.
Hamilton crossed the line more than eight seconds ahead of Silver Arrows rival Nico Rosberg to record his 51st career victory as the Mercedes team completed another podium one-two.
As a result, Rosberg’s world championship lead has been cut to 19 point with just two races left.
However, the German Mercedes man could take the drivers’ title if he wins next time out in Brazil.
Red Bull star Max Verstappen completed the podium positions in the provisional grand prix results.
However, stewards handed the teenager a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage while under pressure from Sebastian Vettel on lap 70.
That relegated Verstappen down to fifth place, with Vettel taking third place for Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo fourth in the revised standings.
Vettel was later called to the stewards and the Ferrari driver was given a 10-second time penalty for “potentially dangerous” driving while defending fourth place from Ricciardo in the closing laps.
That penalty dropped Vettel from third to fifth in the final results, with Ricciardo promoted to third and Verstappen climbing back up to fourth.
Starting from pole position, three-time world champion Hamilton had a big lockup on the approach to the first corner.
Despite cutting across the grass at Turn One, the Stevenage-born racer held onto the lead, while Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg was pushed wide off the track onto the grass by Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in a chaotic start to the race.
Stewards investigated the Rosberg-Verstappen Turn One incident but took no further action.
The Safety Car was also deployed on the opening lap after Pascal Wehrlein crashed.
By lap 10 Hamilton had eked out a solid 3.5 seconds lead over Rosberg, with Verstappen 2.2 seconds adrift in third and out of DRS range.
The Red Bull racer then pitted after starting on the SuperSoft tyres.
Pictures of 2016 Mexican Grand Prix qualifying
Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Lewis Hamilton on his way to pole position in qualifying for the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Lewis Hamilton driving around the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix circuit [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Nico Rosberg congratulates Lewis Hamilton on his pole position at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Max Verstappen [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg in qualifying for the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz / Daimler AG]
Hamilton was the first of the Mercedes drivers to pit for fresh rubber on lap 17, returning to the fray on medium tyres in fourth place after a 2.1s stop.
Rosberg later stopped for mediums on lap 20 and managed to exit the pits clear of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and Verstappen in third place, with Sebastian Vettel, yet to stop, leading the race for Ferrari.
Hamilton regained the lead when Vettel finally pitted on lap 33 after a long stint on his first set of tyres.
He then controlled the race from the front while Rosberg had Verstappen on his tail.
Vestappen drove past Rosberg at Turn 4 on lap 50 of 71 but was unable to make the pass stick.
With 10 laps to go Hamilton’s advantage over Rosberg was a comfortable 7.6 seconds with Verstappen 3.4 seconds behind with Vettel and Ricciardo closing fast.
As Hamilton coasted to his eighth victory of the 2016 campaign, there was high drama in the closing laps between Verstappen, Vettel and Ricciardo.