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Max Verstappen won the opening lap battle against Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to set up the victory in Mexico while Hamilton wrapped up the title despite his P9 on the day.
Sebastian Vettel landed a 50th career pole position and denied Max Verstappen a maiden P1 start in a thrilling qualifying session which saw an off-the-pace Lewis Hamilton have to settle for P3.
Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice for the Mexican GP as he edged ahead of title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton may be the driver chasing the championship but there was not quarter given by Daniel Ricciardo as he topped FP2 for the Mexican GP.
Valtteri Bottas led a Mercedes one-two in the first practice session for the Mexico Grand Prix, which was red-flagged due to a hefty shunt from Force India reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr.
Lewis Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix to keep his title hopes alive, however, a runner-up result for Nico Rosberg means the German still has the advantage.
Lewis Hamilton clinched his first pole position in Mexico while Nico Rosberg found some pace when it matter to join his championship rival on the front row of the grid.
Max Verstappen claimed the final practice P1 in Mexico as he was able to clear the traffic as 20 of the 22 drivers left the pits without seconds of one another – and complained of traffic.
Sebastian Vettel finished the second free practice session on top of the times with a 1:19.790, beating out Lewis Hamilton by 0.004s.
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in a cold opening practice in Mexico, a session in which Felipe Nasr’s shattered front wing brought out the red flags while Max Verstappen’s brakes caught fire.