Mexico GP: Winners and Losers

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Winners:

  • Max Verstappen claims his third career victory, all three coming the week after Kvyat was demoted. If nothing else he deserves the title of Driver of the Day for keeping the streak going, problem is if Kvyat doesn't return he won't again be demoted and he'll need a new source of inspiration.
  • Esteban Ocon was had another stunning race, again beating his teammate (in front of his home crowd) and proving that he's a force to be reckoned with. It was pointed out by the team's twitter feed that either Force India driver have scored enough points to finish fourth in the constructors' championship in their own right -- an amazing accomplishment for a guy like Ocon who is still so green and online getting better.
  • Lewis Hamilton will remember Mexico with great fondness. Apart from his first lap incident, finishing a lap down on the leaders and an opening stint where he couldn't seem to approach any cars to save his life, he hung on to recover a couple of points but more importantly seal his fourth drivers' title and become the most successful British driver in F1's history.

Losers:

  • Kimi Raikkonen just couldn't get into the groove. In a car that was fast enough for pole, to finish less just over 15 seconds ahead of Vettel who had an extra pitstop and came from last to P4, he's certainly done the least to deserve his podium here.
  • Renault had a worrying time in Mexico. Although the altitude makes things like getting air into the car more difficult, Verstappen said he was worried for his own reliability after watching Ricciardo, Sainz and Hartley all drop out. Add to that an electronics fault for Hulkenberg and powering the Red Bull to victory must still leaving them with mixed feelings at best.
  • DJ awks-podium shocked and confused more than he delighted. However you felt about the boxing-style pump up introductions from Austin, surely we can all agree that these huge virtual lips and marshal stacks spewing dub-step are for the after-party, not the podium. I'm all for freshening things up, but this was the second air-ball in as many races for me.

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