Hamilton matches Fangio's five as Verstappen wins Mexican Grand Prix

Max Verstappen Mexican GP 2018

"For Lewis now, with five titles, unbelievable", said 2016 world champion Rosberg, in a message of congratulations he posted on his YouTube channel after the race.

"There were several different problems on the whole auto". "I was just trying to bring the auto home".

Team boss Christian Horner agreed Ricciardo had pulled off a stunner, with the team locking out the front row for the first time in the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014.

The Dutch driver has two wins this season and five podium finishes in the last seven races.

Rosberg said it was irrelevant that Hamilton sealed the title with a disappointing race where Mercedes was way off the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.

The 33-year Briton made a superb start to the race, moving from third on the grid in his Mercedes to overtake pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo and almost forcing his way into the lead.

It marked Ricciardo's second race-ending reliability issue in as many weeks, in a season in which he has failed to reach the chequered flag on eight occasions.

Hamilton sealed his fifth world title in the Mexican Grand Prix, and he now has 71 wins to his name, and another two years on his deal with Mercedes.

The rivalry within the Red Bull ranks has not escaped Vettel's attention either.

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He slammed the door on the victory in Mexico at the start. The straight line power of his Mercedes nosed his auto in front until Verstappen cut under him at the first corner.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, meaning the constructors' championship remained open at least until the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks' time with Mercedes' lead trimmed.

Vettel will have the small consolation of beating Hamilton in the title-clinching race, passing him about midway through on a run down the long straight in a test of power between F1's top two teams.

Vettel, needing to win to keep his hopes alive, was gracious in defeat, hugging Hamilton as the two greats shared a moment.

"He drove superb all year".

Lewis Hamilton will celebrate winning the world championship with his dogs in Los Angeles, the triumphant Briton revealed on Sunday night.

With Bottas taking pole and dominating up front, Hamilton came under fire from Vettel, who briefly got past after fine strategy work from Ferrari. "The pressure that he would be under. that's a lot to ride on one's shoulders".

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.

"The auto. I'll let Gasly drive it, I'm done with it". The later half of the race, he was involved in a battle with Sebastian Vettel for 2nd position before this vehicle released smoke and then he had to retire. "It was the most costly one, but it's part of racing", Vettel said.

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