Hamilton lifts fifth title after radio rage at team

Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach'

The race was won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen but Hamilton, who started third on the grid, only needed to finish seventh to secure his latest title. "There's things happening on Sunday that I've got no more explanation for". But pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo was beaten off the line by Verstappen and Hamilton.

Mercedes were on their longest win drought in the V6 Hybrid era (three races!) and Hamilton was without a victory in six grands prix - his worst run since 2016.

Vettel portrayed a crestfallen figure on Sunday night, and there can be little denying that the reputation of a driver, one which can boast 52 wins and four championships, has taken a severe battering. It's been a while since we had a pretty good weekend in general and we've been quick all weekend, from the start.

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.

"Credit where credit's due", said Horner after Sunday's race. None was bigger than Vettel crashing out of the lead in a rainy German Grand Prix to let Hamilton win.

Hamilton wrapped up the title with two races left. "Next year we hope to do better and we have to do better".

Hamilton knows that both he and Vettel will share in seeking to avoid hitting each other at the start of the race?- Vettel because he can only keep his title challenge alive by winning for Ferrari.




"It was a shame to lose Daniel", said Verstappen, who had been angry on Saturday after missing out on pole.

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 so to complete this - Fangio had done it with Mercedes - it's an incredible feeling and very surreal at the moment".

Behind Verstappen, Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Ricciardo were covered by just 0.06s but drivers were struggling to improve on their final laps, except for the Australian.

Ricciardo, who will leave to join Renault at the end of the season, has now retired from eight races in 2018.

Verstappen was ordered by Red Bull to turn the engine down to prevent losing victory from the same failure as his team-mate, but nothing stopped the Dutch driver from claiming the win around the 2.6 mile circuit ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.

Stoffel Vandoorne enjoyed a rare afternoon of success, finishing eighth for McLaren, while Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was ninth and Pierre Gasly 10th for Toro Rosso.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, drives his vehicle during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

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