• Hamilton holds off challenge of Sebastian Vettel
• Briton likely to seal sixth title at next race in Texas
The fiesta amid the riotous colour and noise of the packed Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit could not have belonged more emphatically to Lewis Hamilton. The British driver secured a true champion’s victory at the Mexican Grand Prix but much as he rightly revelled in a win scored completely against the odds, the championship champagne remains on ice for one more week at least.
With his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing in third, Hamilton must wait until the next round in Austin, Texas before, surely, securing his sixth Formula One world title.
Hamilton delivered a perfectly controlled, consummate drive exploiting a race strategy called to perfection by Mercedes. Here was the touch and maturity to run flawlessly at the very limit that has defined Hamilton as the best driver of his generation. Moreover, he managed it with damage sustained on the opening lap and, despite expressing doubts mid-race that it could be done, made it look almost effortless.