Mexican GP: Max Verstappen was 'super angry' before dominant win

Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach'

Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach'

Lewis Hamilton celebrated his fifth Formula One World Championship and joined an elite trio of greats on Sunday after a Mexican Grand Prix won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen for the second year in a row.

Hamilton's fourth-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix gave him the points he needed to win the title, but it was the first time he hasn't finished a race on the podium since retiring from the Austrian Grand Prix in June.

The Mexico Grand Prix will nearly certainly see the 2018 championship wrap up with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton needing to finish seventh or lower with Sebastian Vettel finishing first to be denied his fifth crown. Just things are happening on Sundays that I've got no more explanation for.

Hamilton slotted in behind the Dutchman, with pole-sitter Ricciardo dropping to third.

The Briton Hamilton captured back-to-back titles and his fourth in six years with Mercedes after a maiden trophy with McLaren-Mercedes in 2008 to draw level on joint second with Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list.

"In my mind I have to work, go to the debrief and try to win in Brazil".

"It's a fantastic title number and I'm so happy for Lewis and the team, but it's bittersweet - we have had a very bad race and we need to understand it".

After putting his Red Bull on pole, Ricciardo was then beaten to the first corner by his team-mate and eventual victor Max Verstappen, before he retired following yet another mechanical failure (his eighth of the year, which is more than any other driver) with just nine laps remaining.

"It's a frightful moment", said Vettel, a four-time champion who has finished second two years in a row and three times in his career.

But the 21-year-old endured no such problem in the closing laps of a race he led for the most part, having built up a cushion of nearly 15 seconds over Vettel.

A furious jump off the line beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to the first corner, and Verstappen was off and running toward an easy race for his fifth career victory. "I don't see a point in doing the next races, 'cause I haven't had a clean race weekend in so long, and I'm not superstitious or any of this bullshit, but the car's cursed".

Hamilton is in a prime spot to secure the season championship.

However, a stunning race unfolded that will likely be this season's signature event as Hamilton charged through the field as rain played havoc at Hockenheim.

"So, I don't know?- it really depends how we get away, but third place is a nice place to start because you get a good tow from the guys ahead".

Hamilton started a trend, with Ricciardo and Verstappen following suit on laps 12 and 13.

It was the 11th time in 23 race the Aussie has retired from an F1 race.

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