Nico Rosberg Outpaces Lewis Hamilton to Win Mexican Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg gained some consolation for his grievances when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate and newly-crowned triple world champion Lewis Hamilton to win the Mexican GP.
Nico Rosberg gained some consolation for his grievances when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate and newly-crowned triple world champion Lewis Hamilton to win the Mexican GP. (All AFP photos)
In the first Formula One race in Mexico for 23 years, the 30-year-old German made light of the altitude of more than 2,000 metres and his anger at the manner of Hamilton's successes by leading, bar the pit-stops, from the 20th pole position of his career to the chequered flag.
It was his fourth win of the season and 12th of his career.
For Rosberg, it was a richly satisfying triumph seven days after he had thrown away victory with an error in the United States Grand Prix where Hamilton won, after a wheel-banging duel on the opening lap, to confirm his third drivers' world championship.
Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh ahead of his Force India team-mate local hero Sergio Perez
Mexicans celebrated the return of Formula One after a 23-year wait on Sunday, with a fiesta atmosphere of mariachi music, sombreros and wild cheers for favorite son Sergio Perez.
While Perez fell short of accomplishing his dream of climbing the podium in front of his home crowd, the nearly 135,000 fans roared when the Mexican driver's Force India car passed the finish line in eighth place.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari had a day to forget in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix as the team suffered their first double retirement since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.
Luckless Fernando Alonso fought from 18th to 16th before another failed Honda engine forced his retirement.