The Formula 1 championship title chase continues after Lewis Hamilton grabbed his second win in over a week at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The defending champion Hamilton kept his title defense alive by finishing ahead of Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.
The 31-year-old Briton got off to a shaky start after locking a front tire and running wide at the first corner. He soon got back in control and was untroubled for the 71-lap race cruising to his 51st career win.
Nico Rosberg finished in second place, meaning that Lewis Hamilton was only able to trim the German’s advantage to 19 points with two races left on the calendar.
The Mercedes duo, who are never far away from drama, stepped aside as the battle for third place heated up in the final laps.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished third but a series of decisions by the stewards saw third place switch hands twice following penalty incidents on the tracks.
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Swear words and insults flew at random over the radio as Verstappen, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo were at each others neck.
Vettel lost his temper during a tempestuous exchange following a clash with the Dutch teenager. He directed some of his frustration to long-time race director, Charlie Whiting, telling him to ”f*** off”.
A 5-second penalty to Verstappen just before trophy presentation saw Vettel take third place on the podium.
Almost three hours after the race ended, a 10-second penalty was given to Vettel by the stewards for a dangerous blocking move on Ricciardo demoting him from third to fifth. Daniel Ricciardo was then moved up to third place and Verstappen to fourth.
Hamilton would need to win the two remaining races while he hopes his team-mate does not come second in both races to guarantee a successful title defense.
”It’s my first win in Mexico and for that I am very happy,” said Hamilton. ”Nico is doing a great job and I just aim to keep winning. It’s all I can do.”