Red Bulls "in a league of their own" in Mexico - Hamilton

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Red Bulls "in a league of their own" in Mexico - Hamilton

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.

"We need to get the vehicle back [to be sure] but you can see the smoke come out of the back of the auto, 10 laps from the end", he said.

Daniel Ricciardo were in a league of their own in qualifying while the Dutchman ran away with the race on Sunday, powered by an engine perfectly tuned to the venue's high altitude challenging conditions, and complemented by an equally well set-up RB14 chassis. "I would have loved to hang in there a little bit longer". A strong start Sunday was followed by a clunky race just to ensure a fourth for the championship.

"Renault have provided us with an engine this weekend in these conditions that is competitive with our opponents".

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.

As Hamilton was swamped by the news media in the aftermath of the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, his team boss Toto Wolff admitted it was a bitter-sweet afternoon. "The team has worked very hard for this so it is crucial that we now make the most of it".

The jovial Australian has been out of sorts and out of luck since his last pole at the Monaco Grand Prix, which he went on to win - also his last visit to the podium.

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There was no fighting back the tears, no wild scenes of celebration, but rather a quiet air of content about Hamilton on Sunday evening. I don't see the point doing the next two races.

"I didn't sleep very well last night", said Verstappen.

The German, 70 points behind Hamilton with only 75 to play for, finished fourth, 1.23 seconds slower than the speedy Red Bulls. It's something I dreamed of but I never thought I'd be standing here as a five-time world champion. They did a superb job all year.

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, pictured October 7, 2018, struggled with tyre-wear and lack of mechanical grip with his Mercedes auto as he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas were outpaced.

Following his second win of the season at the Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen has put his impressive form in the second half of the season down to following some advice from his father - Jos - used to give him during his karting days as a youngster.

Vettel's tilt for victory saw him pull off impressive overtakes on Ricciardo and Hamilton over the course of the race, but he ultimately finished as runner-up to Verstappen.

Ricciardo, who leaves the team for Renault next year, offered his auto to replacement Pierre Gasly early, claiming he was "done with it" and it was "cursed".

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