Success isn’t a four-letter word
Hamilton’s win in Mexico was as impressive as Sebastian Vettel’s command of Anglo-Saxon
Bernie Ecclestone has long lamented the damaging effect of regular Mercedes one-two nishes on Formula 1’s viewing gures, so he must surely have experienced a frisson of delight this weekend. Yes, Lewis Hamilton won from pole position in Mexico, controlling the race beautifully after an opening-lap scare, but in doing so he kept the world championship battle alive; and, even better, a splenetic radio rant by Sebastian Vettel ensured that the events of an otherwise relatively processional race received top billing worldwide.
The Mexican Grand Prix was a slow burner, largely because the selection of tyre compounds available pointed almost unavoidably to a onestop race. Red Bull tried to buck the trend with an opportunistic early stop for Daniel Ricciardo, taking advantage of a Safety Car period, but in the nal reckoning he (on track at least) crossed the line in the same position he would probably have occupied had he stopped just once.
Hamilton was on edgy form this weekend, undeniably fastest in rst practice but then failing to top the timesheets until qualifying. Even when he set pole position, tidily clear of his Mercedes team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg, he moodily dismissed Q3 as “my worst session this weekend”. Rosberg, though, never quite got on top of this track and was fourth in the nal qualifying session until a nal all-out effort elevated him to a surprising second place ahead of the two Red Bulls.
Most teams viewed the soft Pirelli as the ideal tyre on which to start the race, to be followed by a long stint on mediums. That all depended on whether or not you could make the soft tyre