Hamilton wins Mexican Grand Prix in chase to catch Rosberg

But when he arrived there, Hamilton locked his front-right tyre and ran on to the grass.

But otherwise he was untroubled en route to his 51st career win.

As in the United States a week ago, Hamilton spearheaded another Mercedes one-two, finishing 8.3s clear of Rosberg to close the gap to 19 points with two grands prix remaining.

The next grand prix is in Brazil in a fortnight, with the series finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of next month.

"I turned up to do the job and I'm going to try to do the same thing as I did last weekend here".

"It's my first win in Mexico and for that I am very happy", said Hamilton.

Verstappen would cross the line third behind race victor Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, but after arriving in the podium waiting room, Verstappen was handed a five-second penalty, dropping him to fifth behind Vettel and Ricciardo. This incident was also investigated with no further action being taken.

It was a foretaste of what was to come. Last year's race was won on a two-stop strategy, Nico Rosberg pitting on laps 26 and 46.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg upstaged the Ferraris by sticking his auto in fifth.

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Verstappen saw his opportunity and dived down the inside into Turn Four.

The Briton was in inspired form from the get-go here, comfortably faster than Rosberg in practice and qualifying before turning in another dominant display in front of 135,000 fans on Sunday.

Red Bull made an early tactical gamble, bringing in Ricciardo immediately and stripping him of the super-soft tyre to sending him on a long stint on mediums, dropping him to 17th.

The German pulled level with the Red Bull driver after they crossed the line, raising his finger and wagging it theatrically.

Verstappen continues to fail to win friends and influence people, irritating Sebastian Vettel by refusing to give up third place to him despite his team recommending he did so after veering off the track and securing himself an advantage. Vettel was unable to get past Verstappen, who ran wide at Turn 1 late in the race but held position, prompting an angry barrage of radio messages from Vettel.

The arguments and accusations continued afterwards, with Vettel and Ricciardo then summoned to stewards and the German accused of changing his line while braking as Ricciardo tried to pass him.

The thin air of Mexico City makes a combination of high top-speeds but lower aero downforce tricky to handle in the twisting sections between turns four and 11 and through the stadium but Hamilton was, bar overcooking it into turn one off the grid, nearly on rails once he had held his lead.

The stewards, however, took the decision out of Verstappen's hands, slapping him with a five-second elapsed penalty and demoting him to fifth.

That left Australian Daniel Ricciardo in third place but without a podium appearance and the chance to pour the champagne into his boot for another trademark "shoey" celebration.

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