Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 MEXICAN GP: HAMILTON ON SCHEDULE, ROSBERG POWERLESS

Lewis Hamilton scored a textbook victory at the Mexican Grand Prix ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, as Max Verstappen was ruled out of third position after a titanic battle with Sebastian Vettel saw the Dutchman penalized for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. Vettel finished third ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Verstappen demoted to fifth place. However, after the race both Vettel and Ricciardo were called before the stewards for possible dangerous driving during their battle.

Daniel Ricciardo was handed third place in the Mexican Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel was penalised after the race by the stewards. The Ferrari driver was handed a 10-second time penalty for moving under braking as he battled the Red Bull driver in the closing laps of the race.

After reviewing evidence of the incident between the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers, the race stewards ruled that telemetry and video showed that Vettel changed direction under braking and that Ricciardo had to take evasive action. They determined that Vettel had breached Article 27.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and handed Vettel a 10-second penalty. That dropped him to fifth place, with Ricciardo rising to third and Verstappen taking fourth.

GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2016
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
71 laps, 304.356km., Weather: Sunny.

CLASSIFIED:
 P.    DRIVER           TEAM         TIME/GAP 
 1. Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes AMG 1h40:31.402
 2. Nico Rosberg      Mercedes AMG  +    8.354
 3. Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull      +   20.858
 4. Max Verstappen    Red Bull*     +   21.323
 5. Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari**     +   27.315
 6. Kimi Räikkönen    Ferrari       +   49.376
 7. Nico Hulkenberg   Force India   +   58.891
 8. Valtteri Bottas   Williams      + 1:05.612
 9. Felipe Massa      Williams      + 1:16.206
10. Sergio Perez      Force India   + 1:16.798
11. Marcus Ericsson   Sauber        +    1 lap
12. Jenson Button     McLaren       +    1 lap
13. Fernando Alonso   McLaren       +    1 lap
14. Jolyon Palmer     Renault       +    1 lap
15. Felipe Nasr       Sauber        +    1 lap
16. Carlos Sainz JR.  Toro Rosso    +    1 lap
17. Kevin Magnussen   Renault       +    1 lap
18. Daniil Kvyat      Toro Rosso    +    1 lap
19. Esteban Gutierrez Haas          +    1 lap
20. Romain Grosjean   Haas          +    1 lap
21. Esteban Ocon      Manor         +   2 laps

 *  5 sec. penalty time
** 10 sec. penalty time

2015 N.Rosberg - Mercedes AMG - 1h42:35.038
2016 L.Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 1h40:31.402

Fastest Lap: Daniel Ricciardo - 1:22.252      

NOT CLASSIFIED:                               
Pascal Wehrlein   Manor

After 19 Races:
  Drivers:                Constructors:      
 1. Nico Rosberg     349  1. Mercedes AMG 679
 2. Lewis Hamilton   330  2. Red Bull     427
 3. Daniel Ricciardo 242  3. Ferrari      355
 4. Sebastian Vettel 187  4. Force India  145
 5. Kimi Räikkönen   178  5. Williams     136
 6. Max Verstappen   177  6. McLaren       74
 7. Sergio Perez      85  7. Toro Rosso    55
 8. Valtteri Bottas   85  8. Haas          29
 9. Nico Hulkenberg   60  9. Renault        8
10. Fernando Alonso   52 10. Manor          1
11. Felipe Massa      51
12. Carlos Sainz JR.  38
13. Romain Grosjean   29
14. Daniil Kvyat      25
15. Jenson Button     21
16. Kevin Magnussen    7
17. Pascal Wehrlein    1
18. Jolyon Palmer      1
19. Stoffel Vandoorne  1