Rosberg holds off Hamilton to win the Mexico GP

untitled1Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won Sunday’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2015 after a superbly measured drive saw him defeat team mate Lewis Hamilton by 1.9s. Valtteri Bottas took third for Williams, as Ferrari recorded their first double DNF since 2006.

F1’s return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez produced a fascinating 71 laps of racing, in which polesitter Rosberg was never headed – pit stops aside – and in which a late safety car bunched the pack up, allowing Bottas to jump the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat on the restart to secure his podium place.

Kvyat held on to fourth, fending off team mate Daniel Ricciardo, while Felipe Massa finished sixth in the sister Williams. Sergio Perez was beaten to seventh in his home race by Force India team mate Nico Hulkenberg, and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean completed the top ten.

It was a miserable afternoon for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel dropped to the back on lap one after picking up a puncture in first-turn contact with Ricciardo. A Turn 8 spin on lap 18 then stymied his fightback, which ended in the wall on lap 52 when he mysteriously went straight on at Turn 7, triggering the sole safety-car period.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, had risen to sixth from his P19 start when a coming together with Bottas ended his race on lap 22 thanks to broken right-rear suspension. The contact, which came as the Williams was attempting a pass in Turn 5, was deemed a racing incident by the stewards.

Fernando Alonso was the race’s first retirement, McLaren ordering him to pit after just one lap with technical problems. Felipe Nasr was the other man on the DNF list, his Sauber’s brakes crying enough just after the restart on lap 59.

Rosberg’s win – his fourth of the season and the 12th of his career – moves him back above Vettel in the battle for second place in the drivers’ championship, 21 points clear of his fellow German.

Mexico Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 6 Nico Roseberg 71 Leader Running 25
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 71 -1.954 Running 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 71 -14.592 Running 15
4 26 Daniil Kvyat 71 -16.572 Running 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 71 -19.682 Running 10
6 19 Felipe Massa 71 -21.493 Running 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 71 -25.860 Running 6
8 11 Sergio Perez 71 -34.343 Running 4
9 33 Max Verstappen 71 -35.229 Running 2
10 8 Romain Grojean 71 -37.934 Running 1
11 13 Pastor Maldonado 71 38.538 Running 0
12 9 Marcus Ericsson 71 -40.180 Running 0
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 71 -48.772 Running 0
14 22 Jenson Button 71 -49.214 Running 0
15 53 Alexander Rossi 69 -2 Laps Running 0
16 28 Will Stevens 69 -2 Laps Running 0
17 12 Felipe Nasr 57 -14 Laps Retired 0
18 5 Sebastian Vettel 53 -18 Laps Retired 0
19 7 Kimi Raikkonen 23 -48 Laps Retired 0
20 14 Fernando Alonso 2 -69 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 17 of the 2015 season at Mexico Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 10 345 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 4 272 -73
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 3 251 -94
4 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 126 -219
5 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 123 -222
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 117 -228
7 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 88 -257
8 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 84 -261
9 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 68 -277
10 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 47 -298
11 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 45 -300
12 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 44 -301
13 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 27 -318
14 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 26 -319
15 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 18 -327
16 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 16 -329
17 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 11 -334
18 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 9 -336
19 98 R. Merhi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -345
20 53 Alexander Rossi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -345
21 28 W. Stevens Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -345

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 17 of the 2015 season at Mexico Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 14 617 Leader
2 Ferrari 3 374 -243
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 243 -374
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 172 -445
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 112 -505
6 Lotus-Renault 0 71 -546
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 65 -552
8 Sauber-Ferrari 0 36 -581
9 McLaren-Honda 0 27 -590
10 Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -617

 

 

 

 

 

 

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