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2018 Mexican Grand Prix

The 2018 Mexican Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2018) was a Formula One motor race held on 28 October 2018 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.[2] The race was the nineteenth round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship and marked the 20th running of the Mexican Grand Prix, and the 19th time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950.[3]

2018 Mexican Grand Prix
Race 19 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
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Race details[1]
Date 28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)
Official name Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2018
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.304 km (2.674 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.354 km (189.738 mi)
Pole position
Driver Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Time 1:14.759
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
Time 1:18.741 on lap 65 (lap record)
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a 70-point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the World Drivers' Championship.[4] Vettel's team-mate, Kimi Räikkönen, was in third, a further 55 points behind.[4] In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held a lead of 66 points over Ferrari, with Red Bull Racing a further 160 points behind in third place.[4]

The race was won by Max Verstappen (his second win of the season), while Lewis Hamilton finished in fourth position, thereby taking his fifth Drivers' World Championship.[5][6]

QualifyingEdit

Daniel Ricciardo took pole position from team mate Verstappen and with Hamilton in third.[7]

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:15.866 1:15.845 1:14.759 1
2 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:15.756 1:15.640 1:14.785 2
3 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.673 1:15.644 1:14.894 3
4 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.089 1:15.715 1:14.970 4
5 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.580 1:15.923 1:15.160 5
6 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.446 1:15.996 1:15.330 6
7 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:16.498 1:16.126 1:15.827 7
8 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:16.813 1:16.188 1:16.084 8
9 16   Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.862 1:16.320 1:16.189 9
10 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.701 1:16.633 1:16.513 10
11 31   Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:16.252 1:16.844 N/A 11
12 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:16.857 1:16.871 N/A 12
13 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:16.242 1:17.167 N/A 13
14 28   Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:16.682 1:17.184 N/A 14
15 10   Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:16.828 No time N/A 201
16 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:16.911 N/A N/A 182
17 2   Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1:16.966 N/A N/A 15
18 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:17.599 N/A N/A 16
19 18   Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:17.689 N/A N/A 17
20 35   Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:17.886 N/A N/A 19
107% time: 1:20.870
Source:[8]
Notes
  • ^1  – Pierre Gasly received a 20-place grid penalty: 15 places for exceeding his quota of power unit elements and 5 places for an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • ^2  – Romain Grosjean received a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision in the previous round.

RaceEdit

Max Verstappen won the race after taking the lead on lap 1.[9] The two Ferrari's of Vettel and Räikkönen completed the podium.[10] Lewis Hamilton's fourth place finish was enough for him to claim the 2018 world drivers championship with two rounds to go.[10] Pole sitter Ricciardo retired on lap 61, his eighth retirement of the year.[11]

Post raceEdit

In the immediate aftermath of the race Ricciardo said his car was cursed and said that he "didn't see the point" in doing the final two races of the season.[12]

Race classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 1:38:28.851 2 25
2 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 +17.316 4 18
3 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +49.914 6 15
4 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +1:18.738 3 12
5 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 70 +1 lap 5 10
6 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 69 +2 laps 7 8
7 16   Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 9 6
8 2   Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 69 +2 laps 15 4
9 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 10 2
10 10   Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 69 +2 laps 20 1
11 31   Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 69 +2 laps 11
12 18   Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 laps 17
13 35   Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 laps 19
14 28   Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 69 +2 laps1 14
15 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 16
16 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 68 +3 laps 18
Ret 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 61 Hydraulics 1
Ret 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 38 Brakes 13
Ret 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 28 Battery 8
Ret 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 3 Water pressure 12
Source:[13]
Notes

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mexico". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Mexico 2018". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Grands Prix Mexico". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "USA 2018 – Championship". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Max VERSTAPPEN – Wins". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  6. ^ Andrew Benson (28 October 2018). "Lewis Hamilton equals Juan Manuel Fangio with fifth F1 title". www.bbc.com. BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Mexico 2018 - Qualifications". StatsF1. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2018 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Mexico 2018 – Laps led". StatsF1. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Mexico 2018". StatsF1. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Daniel RICCIARDO – Retirement". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Winners and Losers – Mexican Grand Prix edition". Formula1.com. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2018 – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Mexico 2018 – Championship". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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