The Mercedes driver wanted to complete 14 factors away from teammate Valtteri Bottas to take the general championship, however the Finn’s third-place end means Hamilton must wait till subsequent weekend’s United States Grand Prix, the place he’s prone to wrap up the title.
Championship stakes apart, it was an intriguing race in Mexico with groups choosing totally different tire methods — some drivers pitting as soon as, others twice — as grid positions modified continuously all through the competition.
Hamilton’s Mercedes was unfancied earlier than the race with Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen and the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc faster throughout qualifying.
The Briton had voiced issues over his crew radio that he had pitted too early, however the tactic in reality labored to perfection. Hamilton had loads of life in his tires to shut out the race, ending 1.7 seconds forward of Vettel with a nicely judged drive.
“Right this moment is an unbelievable end result. We got here right here pondering we had been on the again foot and it was a tough race for us, however we pulled by way of,” mentioned Hamilton, whose victory additionally marked Mercedes’ 100th as a constructor in F1.
Hamilton began third on the grid behind the Ferrari pair of Leclerc and Vettel after Verstappen had initially certified in pole however was handed a three-place grid penalty for ignoring warning flags.
After being compelled off the observe with Verstappen firstly of the race, Hamilton labored his method up the grid and lasted 48 laps on his second set of tires to report a second victory in Mexico.
Vettel and Bottas accomplished the rostrum, whereas Leclerc, who fell foul to a sluggish pit cease, completed fourth.
The Pink Bull duo of Alexander Albon and Verstappen had been fifth and sixth respectively, Verstappen having been compelled to the again of the grid after colliding with Bottas on lap 4.
Victory in Mexico, Hamilton’s 10th of the season, means he wants simply 4 extra factors to wrap a 3rd consecutive title.