qualifying on pole and locking the front row yet again for Mercedes with team
mate Lewis Hamilton next to him, Nico Rosberg took victory of the first Mexican
Grand Prix in 23 years at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. This race was also
the first double DNF for Ferrari in nearly 10 years as neither driver, Vettel
nor Raikkonen managed to finish the race.
Out of 10
poles under his belt, and 4th consecutive pole Rosberg managed to
outshine the 2015 world champion Lewis Hamilton from the start all the way to
the finish. It was all down to the first corner and as the lights went out,
drama pour in with immediacy. Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari was right behind
the two Mercedes car in 3rd on the grid next to the Redbull of
the first corner, Rosberg maintained his advantage and turned in ahead of
Hamilton, Vettel on the other hand slightly struggled and made contact with
Ricciardo and suffered a puncture that ruined his race and led the German to
pit after the very first lap. Vettel then rejoined the race at the back after
exiting the pit lane.
Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen started from the back of the grid ahead of the
penalty plagued McLarens of Alonso and Button. With the different tyre strategy
Raikkonen made great progress through the field making it into the top 10 in
the first few laps. Unfortunately trying to defend his position on lap 22, from
fellow Finn, Valterri Bottas, the Ferrari’s rear wheel made contact with the
William’s front tyre which broke the suspension of the Ferrari leaving a
disappointed Raikkonen to walk back to the paddock to end his race.
Vettel after having a terrible start to his day was eager to perform and went
slightly overzealous into some corners trying to make up places after flat
spotting his tyres. 4 time former world champion spun his car on lap 17 trying
to overtake the McLaren of Jenson Button. Then Vettlel crashed his Ferrari on
lap 52 making it the first full Scuderia Ferrari DNF since 2nd April
2006 at the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel’sincident brought out the safety car.
restart Rosberg controlled things perfectly, and Hamilton was never able to
exploit the incident and get a look in, though he kept his team mate honest as
he finished just under two seonds adrift. The success, Rosberg’s fourth of the
season, went some way to making up for his recent disappointments in Russia and
the United States, and boosts him back to second in the drivers’ championship,
21 points clear of Vettel.
claiming victory and Hamilton settling for 2nd, Bottas took the
final podium spot to clinch 3rd. The Redbull boys of Kvyat and
Ricciardo finished 4th and 5th respectively ahead of
Massa in 6th and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg in 7th.
finished a commendable 8th place in front of his home crown
screaming from the massive grand stands over the loud V6 engines. Verstappen
and Grosjean took the final points positions of the race in that order.
championships have been concluded, the season isn’t over yet as the penultimate
Grand Prix will be held at Interlagos, Sao Paolo, for the Brazillian Grand Prix
on November 15.
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