Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Verstappen wins in Mexico again as Hamilton claims F1 title

Verstappen wins in Mexico again as Hamilton claims F1 title

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, left, is followed by Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

"I don't know, the vehicle is just ..."

"We were just not good enough", he admitted in the post-race media conference. That's what I'm going to be doing.

Lewis Hamilton was in supreme form after the Spa-Francorchamps race though, winning in Italy, Singapore, Russia and Japan respectively.

Vettel's only hope of delaying the seemingly inevitable is to win while Hamilton need only score five points - a seventh-place finish. Only Germany's Michael Schumacher has more with seven.

'It wasn't won here, just throughout the season and a lot of hard work.

Team boss Christian Horner agreed Ricciardo had pulled off a stunner, with the team locking out the front row for the first time in the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014.

His Saturday performance denied Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen the chance to make history as the youngest ever driver to claim the accolade. He lost it by 0.026 seconds.

It is a very unusual feeling right now, ' Hamilton said after his victory. "The auto. I'll let Gasly drive it, I'm done with it".

"Those guys (Red Bull) are in a league of their own", he said. Verstappen is the defending race champion and dominated the three rounds of practice.

Daniel Ricciardo has stormed to his third career pole position by edging out teammate Max Verstappen in a nailbiting qualifying session. Vettel won all his championships with Red Bull from 2010-2013. He's leaving the team for Renault in 2019. Additionally, Ricciardo's MGU-K failure in Monaco would have been retirement-worthy at any other track, but Monaco's narrow streets let him hold on to the win despite an approximate 210 horsepower deficit to Ferrari's Vettel. Both drivers were reprimanded for risky racing moves and team tensions were high.

After surviving what turned into a battle of attrition at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez he added: "It was a awful race..."

"Hopefully we're in a quicker vehicle all day".

"It sort of came from nowhere, really", said Horner.

He is now ahead of all his contemporaries, with Vettel on four titles and Fernando Alonso on two.

Verstappen fumed as Ricciardo celebrated, but Hamilton - in third - was considerably happier as he qualified ahead of title rival Vettel to edge towards the drivers' championship. Another problem with this vehicle.

Verstappen, who turned 21 at the end of September, is already the sport's youngest victor and may not get a better chance to beat Sebastian Vettel's 2008 pole record of 21 years and 73 days. Hamilton was third in Texas and struggled with his auto all weekend in Mexico City. Engine failure has killed his auto in six of the last 11 races with two left on the season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

"The thing is, everyone's going to be barrelling into Turn 1 to gain places". If there's an opening and an opportunity to take it, I'll take it.

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