Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of winning his sixth drivers’ title after taking his 10th win of the season at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 34-year-old will just need four more points in the next three races combined to clinch his third consecutive title, with teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished third at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez being the only other driver still in mathematical contention.
It’s extremely unlikely the Finn will actually pull it back, though, with Hamilton having scored points in the last 30 races he’s competed in. Bottas would also have to win all three remaining races and take the bonus point for fastest lap, something which he’s done just once this season.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished second, with the Scuderia again failing to convert a front-row start into a win on Sunday as Vettel’s teammate Charles Leclerc finished fourth.
Hamilton started the race in third place and went off-track at the second corner of the race as he lost control of his car, dropping him to fifth.
However, a fantastic recovery drive combined with Mercedes picking the better tyre strategy over rivals Ferrari saw the Brit take the flag for the first time since Hungary back in August.
“We came here thinking we were on the back foot but we pulled through, I had quite a bit of damage on the car so the race was quite a struggle but I kept my head down,” Hamilton said in his on-grid interview post-Grand Prix. “It felt like a long second stint but I am so grateful today.”
The man from Stevenage won his previous two titles in Mexico while not finishing on the podium and did the exact opposite on Sunday, winning the race but not yet securing the title. He’s not bothered by this, he said, as he’s just glad to get back to winning ways after going almost three months without a victory.
“I don’t mind [not clinching the title yet],” Hamilton continued. “I love racing and just take it one race at a time. This is a race I have wanted to win for some time and it has always been a bit tricky for us. everything held together and the team did the best strategy, holding off the Ferraris was not easy in the end.”