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Hamilton wins his fourth F1 title in Mexico

Hamilton wins his fourth F1 title in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton joined a select group of Formula One drivers in winning his fourth world championship by finishing ninth in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton became the most successful Briton in F1 history, leaving Jackie Stewart behind. He also joins a club of five drivers who have been proclaimed champions four or more times.

On the first lap, Hamilton had an incident with Sebastian Vettel and finished in ninth place, a long way off the podium. But the advantage with which the Mercedes driver arrived in Mexico served to make him unattainable for the German Ferrari in qualifying with two races remaining in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

“It feels good. It’s not the kind of race I like, but I never gave up, that’s the important thing. It has been a wonderful five years with this team, ”said Hamilton. “I did the best I could, at the start I don’t know what happened in the third corner because I think there was room (for Vettel), but hey, I just want to thank the whole team for this.”

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Max Verstappen of the Red Bull team took advantage of the incident at the start of the race and dominated from end to end. It was the 20-year-old Dutchman’s third victory in his F1 career.

The podium was completed by the Finns Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Kimmi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

“I felt a touch at the start but I was able to keep going and after seeing what happened I just dedicated myself to taking care of my tires and the car,” said Verstappen. “I knew the car was good but I didn’t know that it was going to be that good. It was a good race and after what happened last week it was a perfect race ”.

With his title, Hamilton tied Vettel and Frenchman Alain Prost for four world championships. Only the Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio (5) and the German Michael Schumacher (7) have more.

Vettel, who needed to close the season with three victories and a collapse of Hamilton to be crowned, rallied from the bottom to finish in the fourth box but it was insufficient for his aspirations.

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The Mexican Sergio Pérez, who in the rankings had problems with the set-up and started ninth, managed to finish in seventh place.

“Checo” Pérez raced for the third time in his country in F1. In previous editions it finished in eighth and tenth, respectively.

With the result, the Mexican has scored in 14 of the 17 events this season.

From Saturday, Verstappen made it clear that he had a great car because he dominated the standings and missed pole position on the final lap as Vettel drove masterfully to set the best time. The Dutchman is going through a great moment: he came from winning in Malaysia, obtaining second place in Japan and last week in Austin he was left off the podium due to an illegal pass on the final lap.

Verstappen’s job was made easier as after a frantic start, Vettel caught him with the right side of his wing before hitting Hamilton, who was trying to pass him on the left.

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Vettel had to enter the pits to change the front wing and Hamilton to replace tires. The two returned to the track at the back and had to go up to not finish so far behind.

Verstappen took advantage of the incident to stay alone in the lead with Bottas as guard for the rest of the race.

The race was set up just over a month after the earthquake that struck the central area of ​​the country. It was the first world-class sporting event to take place in the country since then.

The earthquake that occurred on September 19 left more than 200 dead in the capital alone and to remember the victims, the organizers asked the fans to raise their fists high on lap 19 of the event. AP

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