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Lewis Hamilton produced a superb drive to complete second to Max Verstappen in Mexico Metropolis; George Russell was hampered by a brake challenge as he got here sixth; watch each session from the ultimate Dash occasion this 12 months in Sao Paulo -starting this Friday dwell on Sky Sports activities F1,

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Lewis Hamilton says he has complete religion in Mercedes and that they’ll construct an ideal automotive after seeing development with a second-place end within the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton says he has complete religion in Mercedes and that they’ll construct an ideal automotive after seeing development with a second-place end within the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton hailed taking an “wonderful” second place within the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix after coming from sixth on the grid to complete behind Max Verstappen.

Hamilton was left disenchanted on Saturday as Mercedes struggled to get their tyres into the optimum working window in qualifying, however discovered a extra passable steadiness within the W14 within the race.

The consequence reignited Hamilton’s hopes of denying Purple Bull a primary ever one-two within the drivers’ championship, together with his deficit to second positioned Sergio Perez decreased to twenty factors after the Mexican retired from his dwelling race.

“Actually, I simply wasn’t anticipating that. It is simply at all times an ideal feeling if you find yourself simply placing one foot in entrance of the opposite and progressing,” Hamilton instructed Sky Sports activities F1.

“The weekend had been actually troublesome in comparison with the final race the place we had simply hit the bottom working. This weekend I used to be actually digging deep to attempt to get the set-up proper and I believe we did an ideal job.

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Highlights from the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Highlights from the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

“Qualifying was a bit difficult and to be far behind the Ferraris, we have to end forward of them to maintain the constructors’ [position] so that is what I used to be pushing for right now.

“To have progressed so effectively by way of the early part of the race and be difficult for a podium after which a second place is wonderful. I’m actually pleased with the race.”

Hamilton gained a spot at the beginning when Perez was compelled to retire after colliding with Charles Leclerc.

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Lewis Hamilton passes Daniel Ricciardo down the principle straight on the within to maneuver as much as fourth within the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton passes Daniel Ricciardo down the principle straight on the within to maneuver as much as fourth within the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix.

He overtook Daniel Ricciardo for fourth after 10 laps however obtained caught behind Carlos Sainz, who had simply sufficient tempo to maintain the Mercedes driver at bay.

Hamilton undercut Sainz, so was in third place when the race was stopped by a purple flag after Kevin Magnussen’s massive crash at Flip 8 on the midway level of the Grand Prix.

Mercedes bravely put Hamilton on medium tyres for the restart, whereas the opposite main runners have been on hards. It paid off although because the seven-time world champion made a daring transfer on the within of Leclerc, briefly placing two wheels off the observe to get previous the Ferrari driver and take second place.

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Lewis Hamilton makes a daring transfer to cross Charles Leclerc into second place of the Mexico Metropolis GP.

Lewis Hamilton makes a daring transfer to cross Charles Leclerc into second place of the Mexico Metropolis GP.

Increasing on the place the W14 had improved from Saturday, Hamilton added: “I believe the automotive is simply fairly peaky in qualifying on gentle gasoline, however once you put a load of gasoline within the automotive, it simply feels nicer to drive and I believe we struck a very nice set-up this weekend and notably right now for the race.

“Aside from that, simply actually good tyre administration. I typically loved it. It isn’t probably the most bodily of races, being you can’t push all the way in which, you are saving, you are doing 200 or 300 metres of lifting and coast to maintain the automotive cool and cease it from failing.”

Wolff: Good drive from Hamilton

It was the second successive occasion the place Hamilton has proven robust tempo, after he pushed Verstappen shut for the win in Austin, solely to be disqualified for extreme plank put on.

Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff was impressed by Hamilton’s efficiency, particularly on the medium tyres within the second half of the race because the 38-year-old set the quickest lap of the race on his closing circuit.

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Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have been within the cool-down room to evaluation a chaotic Mexico Metropolis GP which noticed crowd favorite Sergio Perez crash out on the primary lap.

Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have been within the cool-down room to evaluation a chaotic Mexico Metropolis GP which noticed crowd favorite Sergio Perez crash out on the primary lap.

“The smile on our face is as a result of the automotive was robust. As soon as Lewis was in free air, we had a lot margin within the medium. The lap occasions have been good and quickest lap on the finish,” Wolff instructed Sky Sports activities F1.

“It has been a number of weekends now the place we are saying we ‘might have’ however did not. I believe we have to qualify higher. Most likely with the straight line pace we would not have been so aggressive towards Max, however who is aware of, the tempo is there.

“It was a superb, good drive from Lewis. Now we have these oscillations in efficiency and we do not actually know generally if the tyres stick. Just some levels of observe temperature and you’re out of the window.”

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Max Verstappen wins the Mexico Metropolis GP choosing up his sixteenth win of 2023 which is a brand new file for a driver in a single season.

Max Verstappen wins the Mexico Metropolis GP choosing up his sixteenth win of 2023 which is a brand new file for a driver in a single season.

Russell explains ‘horrible’ finish to race

George Russell, within the different Mercedes, had a irritating race as he discovered himself on the again foot when caught behind Oscar Piastri within the opening levels stint.

Russell wasn’t pleased in regards to the timing of his first pit cease as he got here out in visitors and was seventh when the race resumed following the purple flag.

He overtook Piastri and Ricciardo however could not discover a well past Sainz, who defended effectively to carry onto fourth place.

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George Russell displays on ‘one other’ troublesome weekend as he was left pissed off together with his brakes overheating in the course of the Mexico Metropolis GP.

George Russell displays on ‘one other’ troublesome weekend as he was left pissed off together with his brakes overheating in the course of the Mexico Metropolis GP.

Throughout this battle, Russell overheated his brakes and misplaced a place to a charging Lando Norris and solely completed half a second forward of Ricciardo on the chequered flag to take sixth.

“The final 20 laps have been horrible,” Russell mentioned.

“The tempo was actually robust after the purple flag. I felt actually good within the automotive, I used to be proper behind Carlos and simply could not fairly make the overtake, then my brakes overheated and we have been involved we would not make it on the finish and I needed to again of.

“As quickly as I did that, I misplaced all of the temperature in my tyres and I might by no means get better it and it was like driving on ice.

“I used to be fortunate to complete in P6. Story of the weekend – one other troublesome one and it is a disgrace as a result of the automotive was performing effectively.”

F1 heads straight to Brazil for the ultimate leg of the Americas triple header and the final Dash weekend of the 2023 season. Watch each session from the Sao Paulo Grand Prix dwell on Sky Sports activities F1 from Friday, with Sunday’s race at 5pm. Stream F1 on Sky Sports activities with NOW

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