Lewis Hamilton Mexican Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton failed to reach the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship in his first attempt last week, but he got another sensational opportunity in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton went into the United States Grand Prix knowing that he would wrap up the world title if he won the race and rival Sebastian Vettel finished lower than second place, and he received an early gift in Austin when the German was hit with a three-place grid penalty for not slowing down sufficiently for red flags during Friday’s practice session.
Things then went much worse for Vettel when he spun on the very first lap of Sunday’s race while battling with Daniel Ricciardo, but Hamilton was unable to take full advantage as a botched strategic decision resulted in him finishing third behind Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen. Hamilton was crowned world champion for the fourth time in his career at last season’s Mexican Grand Prix, but he did finish down in ninth place on that day and he has won this race just once since it was reintroduced in 2015.