October 31, 2016 – Lewis Hamilton took another seven points out of Nico Rosberg’s championship lead on Sunday with a superb win over his Mercedes team mate in Mexico.
Hamilton, who now trails by 19 points with two rounds remaining, was 8.3s clear at the chequered flag, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completing the top 3.
Vettel was initially given third place after Max Verstappen was penalised post-race for an incident on the 68th lap when the Dutchman ran wide in Turn 1 and then over the grass in Turn 2 to stay ahead of the Ferrari. Verstappen was told by Red Bull to give up the place but chose not to, and his intransigence enabled Ricciardo to close on to Vettel’s tail.
The German was later given a ten-second time penalty for driving ‘dangerously or erratically’ while defending fourth place from Ricciardo in the closing stages of the race, meaning he dropped from third to fifth.
Hulkenberg looked likely to take sixth despite strong pressure from Raikkonen, but the Ferrari driver finally made a move in Turn 4 on the 67th lap. The Force India was on 30-lap older tyres, and as Raikkonenn went by Hulkenberg spun through 360 degrees but got going again quickly and held on for seventh ahead of the distant Williams duo of Bottas and Massa.
Home favourite Perez had a horrible race trapped almost the entire distance behind Massa, and couldn’t do better than 10th for the final point.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||71||20.858s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||71||21.323s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||71||58.891s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||71||1m16.798s|
|11||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||70||1 Lap|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren/Honda||70||1 Lap|
|13||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||70||1 Lap|
|14||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||70||1 Lap|
|15||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||70||1 Lap|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||70||1 Lap|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||70||1 Lap|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||70||1 Lap|
|19||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||70||1 Lap|
|20||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||70||1 Lap|
|21||Esteban Ocon||Manor/Mercedes||69||2 Laps|