Hamilton surges to dominant victory to prolong F1 title hopes

Lewis Hamilton in Mexico
Lewis Hamilton in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton kept his 2016 F1 title hopes alive with victory in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, edging out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

If Hamilton had finished lower than tenth, with Rosberg winning, it would have marked the end of this year’s title race, however that was not the case as the Englishman produced another dominant performance to send the championship battle down to the wire.

Hamilton’s victory, his 51st career win, was quite ultimately a straightforward one, and he said: “This was a great race! My championship is alive and we are set for a couple of great races to finish the season.

“It is feeling pretty late this charge, but in the past it has shown it is never too late and that is why I have to keep on trying to do what I have done this weekend.”

His Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Rosberg took second with Daniel Ricciardo handed third position after race penalties to both Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) were introduced.

Rosberg said: “I may not have won the race but I finished second. That was my goal if I wasn’t able to win. Lewis drove a great race and I had to settle for second. I am in good spirits with two races to go.”

Mexican Sergio Perez was disappointed to only scoop one point at his home race, while Force Inda team-mate Nico Hulkenberg took a steady seventh, but there was disappointment for Toro Rosso as both Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat failed to score points.