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Vestappen wins as Hamilton is crowned a five-time champion

Mexican Grand Prix – Max Verstappen took Red Bull’s third win of the season ahead of Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton securing his fifth world title.

Getting the jump on his team-mate at the start, Verstappen remained in control of the event to secure back-to-back Mexican Grands Prix victories and his fifth career win.

This result confirmed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as the world champion, with Ferrari’s Vettel needing to win the race to remain in the championship hunt.

Instead, Vettel could only manage second place after taking full advantage of a car that was much kind to it’s tyres than Mercedes’. Kimi Raikkonen followed up to give Ferrari a double-podium.

Unable to retain tyre life, Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas dropped back to fourth and fifth and turned down their cars in order to preserve them and the tyres.

Daniel Ricciardo had been running in second place but, under pressure from Vettel, his car gave up and his race ended with smoke coming from the back of it.

Nico Hulkenberg took sixth place for Renault, a result which extends his lead in the ‘class B’ championship and Renault’s hold of fourth place in the constructors’ championship.

Sauber’s Charles Leclerc took seventh, ahead of a surprise eighth place finish for McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who took his first points since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Marcus Ericsson completed a successful day for Sauber by finishing ninth, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, who scored a point from the back of the grid.

Local favourite Sergio Perez retired his Force India halfway through the race after challenging for ‘best of the rest’ honours.

To view the full results from the Mexican Grand Prix, click here.

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