Mexican Race Round 17

Nico Rosberg wins the first Mexican grand prix for 23 years ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

01/11/2015

The chance of any rain is now down to 10 percent. Brakes are going to be a problem for many teams in case of any over heating. This time Rosberg is determined to keep ahead of Hamilton at the start into turn 1. All drivers start on the Medium tyre expect for Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button who start on the Soft tyre.

Race

The lights go green in Mexico for the first time since 1992 and Rosberg gets the slightest of better starts over Hamilton. Rosberg leads into turn 1, Hamilton’s 2nd and Sebastian Vettel is dropping back with a right rear puncture. The replay shows into turn 1, Daniel Ricciardo goes for the inside line and Vettel cuts in front and Ricciardo’s front wing taps the right rear tyre of Vettel’s. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is also dropping back and is told to retire the car at the end of the lap.

Lap 3, Rosberg is out of the DRS detection zone with a gap of 1.3 seconds ahead of Hamilton. Lap 7, Rosberg and Hamilton have been trading fastest laps whille the Stewards have declared there is no further action between Vettel and Ricciardo at the turn 1. Vettel had to pit at the end of Lap 1 and is angry with the decision by the Stewards.

Lap 9, it’s an early stop for Williams and Valtteri Bottas as he pits and goes onto the Medium tyre. Lap 10, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg pit and both cars goes onto the Medium tyre as well. Lap 12, Romain Grosjean pits and also goes on to the Medium Tyre.

Lap 18, Vettel has spun! The replay shows he lost the car entering turn 8, he was 12th and now has fallen back to 15th place. Lap 19, home favourite Sergio Perez pits and goes on the Medium tyre. Lap 22, Daniil Kvyat pits from 3rd and goes onto the Medium tyre as Raikkonen has collided with Bottas at turn 4. Bottas had the inside line but Raikkonen closed Bottas off and Raikkonen’s right rear suspension has damage and he is out.

Lap 25, Ricciardo pits from 3rd and emerges in 7th behind Kvyat, Bottas and Massa, both Bottas and Massa pitted earlier have undercut Ricciardo. Lap 27, race leader Rosberg pits, it’s a good stop and the Stewards have taken no further action between Raikkonen and Bottas. Lap 29, Hamilton pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and back out behind Rosberg. Rosberg leads ahead of Hamilton, Kvyat, Bottas, Massa and Ricciardo. Lap 31, Button is the final car to stop and he goes onto the Soft tyre.

Lap 36, Vettel pits for the second time as he has a flat spot. Lap 46, Mercedes call Rosberg into the pits as a safety precaution and he goes onto to the Medium tyre. Hamilton is told to pit but he debates with the team and as an order he pits on lap 48 for the Medium tyre, a lap later he was told to.

Lap 52, Vettel has crashed! He is out having had probably the worst day ever. The replay shows he completely lost the car, spun, into the barrier and out of the race. That means that both Ferrari cars are out and the Safety Car is deployed. Under the safety car, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Massa and many others pit on lap 53. Kvyat and Ricciardo go onto the Soft tyre while Massa goes onto the Medium tyre. Bottas pits on lap 54.

So after the pit stops Rosberg leads ahead of Hamilton, Kvyat, Bottas, Ricciardo, Massa, Hulkenberg, Perez, Max Verstappen and Grosjean. Lap 58, the Safety Car is in and Bottas passes Kvyat into turn 1 for 3rd place on the restart. Lap 59, Felipe Nasr has pulled out of the race due to smoke coming from his brakes. Rosberg wins ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.

Race Result

1.Rosberg  2.Hamilton  3.Bottas  4.Kvyat  5.Ricciardo  6.Massa  7.Hulkenberg  8.Perez  9.Verstappen  10.Grosjean  11.Maldonado  12.Ericsson  13.Sainz  14.Button  15.Rossi  16.Stevens   DNF Nasr, Vettel, Raikkonen and Alonso.

Championship Standings

1.Hamilton 345pts  2.Rosberg 272pts  3.Vettel 251pts  4.Bottas 126pts  5.Raikkonen 123pts

Constructors Standings

1.Mercedes 617pts  2.Ferrari 374pts  3.Williams 243pts  4.Red Bull 172pts  5.Force India 112pts

My View

What a race, to be back in Mexico is just spectacular! The crowds have been amazing and very supportive of Force India driver, Sergio Perez. Just what Nico Rosberg needed after his crucial mistake at last weeks American grand prix gifting the win and the world championship to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.  A dismal race for Ferrari.

Was the move that Valterri Bottas put on Kimi Raikkonen and sent the Ferrari driver out of the race payback for the Russian grand prix when Raikkonen put Bottas out?

The next race is on the 13th – 15th November in Sao Paulo,Brazil.

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