Venue: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Lewis Hamilton will be keen to wrap up a fourth Formula One drivers’ championship in style at the Mexico Grand Prix and is fancied to prevail at a track where Mercedes have dominated for the past two years.
We were on Hamilton to enhance an already-impressive United States Grand Prix record last weekend and the Briton duly delivered for the fourth straight season in Texas.
Hamilton lost out to fast-starting rival Sebastian Vettel on the uphill dash to the first corner, but reclaimed the lead just six laps later.
The 32-year-old then survived a nervy opening pit stop, in which he rejoined the track just in front of Vettel, but victory rarely looked in doubt thereafter.
Hamilton now only has to finish in the first five at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to wrap up another title triumph, but that won’t stop him seeking a 10th success of 2017 and 17/10 is good enough for our Mexico Grand Prix betting tips.
The Briton has prevailed in five of the six grands prix since the summer break and Mercedes have enjoyed a one-two in both qualifying and on race day at this venue since it returned to the F1 calendar in 2015.
“It has been an incredible year so far,” beamed Hamilton. “There are still three races to go, so three more to win.”
How the United States Grand Prix finished:
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Vettel (Ferrari), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Verstappen (Red Bull), 5 Bottas (Mercedes), 6 Ocon (Force India), 7 Sainz (Renault), 8 Perez (Force India), 9 Massa (Williams), 10 Kvyat (Toro Rosso), 11 Stroll (Williams), 12 Vandoorne (McLaren), 13 Hartley (Toro Rosso), 14 Grosjean (Haas), 15 Ericsson (Sauber), 16 Magnussen (Haas), DNF Alonso (McLaren), Ricciardo (Red Bull), Wehrlein (Sauber), Hulkenberg (Renault)
Hamilton had to settle for second best here two years ago but beat team-mate Nico Rosberg with eight seconds to spare last term, with that pair comfortably clear of the chasing pack.
Rosberg’s surprise departure from Mercedes has appeared to have a positive effect on the British driver’s mental state this term.
“I have been working with Lewis now for five years and I have never seen him operate on this level,” team boss Toto Wolff said.
“We had a difficult moment last year in Abu Dhabi, and we came back together a couple of days later in my kitchen and had it all out.
“We discussed all the frustrations, and the questions that have grown over the years were all put on the table and he came back with a great mindset that has grown stronger through the year.”
Vettel offers limited appeal at 5/2 in Mexico after being passed so easily by Hamilton in the US, but Max Verstappen will have his supporters following a stunning drive that day.
The Dutch youngster powered through from 16th on the grid to overtake Kimi Raikkonen for third on the last lap, but his move was adjudged to have been illegal after he ran off the track and he was stripped of his podium finish.
A furious Verstappen is 4/1 to gain compensation by winning this weekend, with the Red Bull ace also having been denied third spot here 12 months ago by a penalty from the same official.
Past Mexico Grand Prix results:
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2015 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Williams)
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