Hamilton crowned the 2017 F1 World Drivers’ Champion in Mexico
What an exciting Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was crowned the 2017 Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. The Pure Pit Wall was working hard throughout the whole race as it correctly predicted the podium finishers (VER, BOT, RAI).
Both Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers had a good start at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, but it was short-lived for Lewis when he came in contact with Sebastian Vettel on Turn 2 and suffered a puncture.
He entered the pits to change his flat tyre and found himself at the back of the field.
The Brit managed to move up the pack and finish the race in P9, which was enough for him to secure his fourth world title, making him the most successful British F1 driver in history.
On the other hand, Valtteri kept strong in P2 throughout the race and crossed the line to secure a top podium for the team. He only pitted once, to change his Ultrasoft tyres for a set of Supersoft tyres and was able to manage them effectively until the end of the race.
The Finn also obtained the Fastest Pit Lane time of 21.7s. During the Mexican Grand Prix, there were a total of 57 overtakes (22 with DRS). Nine of these were done by Lewis.
There was no Safety Car during this race, but the Virtual Safety Car appeared between Laps 32 – 33.
With the Drivers’ Championship now secured, Lewis (333) is 56 points clear of Sebastian Vettel (277) with only two races to go. The battle for P2 is still on as Valtteri is only 15 points behind Vettel in third (262).
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (595), who won the Constructors’ Championship at the United States Grand Prix, are now 140 points ahead of Ferrari (455).
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