Hamilton wins Mex­i­can GP in chase to catch Ros­berg

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

MEX­ICO CITY (AP): LEWIS HAMILTON sur­vived a ner­vous start to win the Mex­i­can Grand Prix yes­ter­day, grab­bing an­other vic­tory as he chases Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg for the For­mula One sea­son cham­pi­onship.

But with a 19-point deficit to Ros­berg and just two races left, Hamilton is run­ning out of time. Ros­berg fin­ished sec­ond. Hamilton started on pole po­si­tion and held the front, de­spite lock­ing his wheels and cut­ting through the grass on the first cor­ner. He re­cov­ered to hold po­si­tion and drove off to grab his 51st ca­reer vic­tory, ty­ing Alain Prost for sec­ond most in F1 his­tory.

The two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion is keep­ing what pres­sure he can on Ros­berg in the ti­tle chase. Ros­berg can still win his first ca­reer cham­pi­onship if he gets a sec­ond and third-place fin­ish in the fi­nal two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel fin­ished third af­ter Red Bull’s Max Ver­stap­pen was pe­nalised five sec­onds af­ter the race for leav­ing the track and gain­ing the ad­van­tage. The move came in a late-race duel be­tween Vet­tel and Ver­stap­pen for third.

As they crossed the fin­ish line, Vet­tel pulled along­side Ver­stap­pen and waved his fin­ger at him. The Dutch teenager re­sponded by shak­ing his fist. The penalty pushed Ver­stap­pen back to fifth be­hind his Red Bull team­mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo.

Hamilton has been be­dev­iled by poor starts all sea­son, but got a good bolt off the line into one of the long­est straights in For­mula One. A big wheel lockup ap­proach­ing the first sent him through the turn and driv­ing into the grass, but he held po­si­tion be­fore driv­ing off for the vic­tory.

Ros­berg bat­tled with Ver­stap­pen all af­ter­noon. They bumped tires on the first cor­ner, send­ing the Mercedes driver into the grass. Ros­berg held po­si­tion and race ste­wards de­cided there would be no penalty, but with­out the bump, Ver­stap­pen likely would have emerged in sec­ond for the early laps.


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