Hamilton takes fifth title as Verstappen wins in Mexico

Verstappen fastest again in FP3 Hamilton Vettel close in			Image by Zak Mauger  LAT

Hamilton leads title rival Vettel by 70 points, and will be crowned 2018 world champion in Mexico unless the Ferrari driver wins and he finishes lower than seventh.

Hamilton won his fourth title in Mexico previous year after starting third and then having to fight back from last to ninth following an opening lap collision with Vettel, who had been on pole but lost out to Verstappen.

"I'm delighted the Team secured victory today, but it's bittersweet to have lost Daniel when we looked set for a 1-2", Horned posted on Instagram. And after a year that initially promised so much, it seems that the last chapter of Red Bull and Ricciardo's story together is in danger of becoming seriously blighted.

"It wasn't won here, just throughout the season and a lot of hard work", said Hamilton after doing smoking "donuts" at the finish of an unusual race without a Mercedes driver on the podium.

"Does it mean I have to play safe at the beginning of the race?"

Verstappen, upstaged by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying on Saturday, came home 17.108 seconds ahead of Vettel after the luckless Australian pole-sitter retired with nine laps remaining. He'd said before the race he likely couldn't beat the Red Bulls.

A hydraulic failure in qualifying left Hamilton 14th on the grid, despite his best efforts to push his Mercedes back to the garage.

Verstappen led the way for nearly the entire weekend, leading every session bar Q1 on the way to the top-10 shootout, and the Dutchman took provisional pole after the first runs with a healthy 0.185-second margin while Ricciardo languished nearly 0.3 seconds further down the order.

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But with his able rear-gunner Kimi Raikkonen to be replaced by Charles Leclerc - the young man Ferrari believe to be their star of the future - and Hamilton going from strength-to-strength at Mercedes, it could prove Vettel's toughest fight yet.

Sebastian Vettel qualified fourth, setting up a championship duel into the first turn with Hamilton.

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 so to complete this - Fangio had done it with Mercedes - it's an incredible feeling and very surreal at the moment".

"I didn't sleep very well last night", said Verstappen.

"I think he drove superbly all year and was the better one of us two", said the German, whose season unravelled after the August break. Pierre Gasly will be taking Ricciardo's place in a promotion from Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso.

Just a handful of corners later, and it was all over, and Ricciardo was climbing out of his vehicle, not having finished a grands prix for the eighth time this season.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, drives his vehicle during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

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