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F1: Lewis leads Silver Arrows podium lock out in Mexico

Oct 312016

Lewis Hamilton celebrated Mexico City's famous and colourful Day of the Dead festival in fitting fashion, after breathing new life into his Formula One title defence with his victory in the Mexico Grand Prix.
The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team drivers, Lewis and Nico Rosberg are embroiled in a thrilling battle for the title, with the British driver's victory meaning Nico now has a 19 point advantage in the championship with just two races to go.

Lewis told us: "Well, the most important number is the team one. That's just incredible. Fantastic. Over half of the victories I've had in F1 have been with this team. It's a true showing of just how incredible the group of people we have and how well we work together and for the third year in a row proved that we are the best team.


"I am so, very proud and, as I always say, really proud to be a part of it. That was the plan, coming here to this team, being hopefully a part of that growth and success. I couldn't have dreamt it to be any better than it is."


Lewis said: "I went into Turn One and the right front eventually woke up and just locked. I was carrying such speed. I was lucky I didn't go in the wall or something. And after that I had just the biggest vibration. I didn't know if I was going to be able to make it in the first stint. Honestly I thought I had to stop, the vibration was so big I would barely see, to be honest. It was really nice when I got some new, fresh tyres, and it was much smoother."


Nico told us: "It's been a good day. Lewis has been too fast this weekend, so I just have to accept second place. We've had some massive battles out there. At the start I got shunted and then with Max later on and everything, so it's OK to be second. Lewis was a little bit too quick the whole weekend. So he did a great job and I have to live with second place this weekend."


Tune into the Brazilian Grand Prix on the 13th November to find out how it all goes down.

1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes        71    1h40m31.402s
2    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes        71    8.354s
3    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault    71    20.858s
4    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault    71    21.323s
5    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari            71    27.313s
6    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari            71    49.376s
7    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes    71    58.891s
8    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes    71    1m05.612s
9    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes    71    1m16.206s
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
-    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes    0    Collision