The race is over.
First place: Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton is not expecting to wrap up the title on what could well prove a difficult weekend for Mercedes. The Silver Arrows have had mixed results at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez over the last few years and as such, Hamilton is in no hurry to confirm the formality that is his sixth title.
On the one hand, Hamilton will be under the spotlight as he looks to join Michael Schumacher at the very top table. However, young duo Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen will be among the favourites to steal the limelight. Verstappen has won the last two Mexican Grands Prix. That puts him level with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell in the record books. Only Jim Clark has more victories in this race with three.
Verstappen to win
Hamilton has all the incentives to overcome what is a difficult track for him. He is rarely found with decent odds but that could be a consequence of his attempts to talk down his chances of becoming just the second driver in history to win six world titles.
Hamilton to win
Japan was the first race since Hungary that Leclerc finished outside the top three. His rivalry with Sebastian Vettel continues to be a problem and Ferrari have some tough decisions again over how to handle the pair. Leclerc ought to be prioritised as he comes to the end of a hugely impressive season.
Leclerc to win
Head to Head
To win the title, Hamilton needs to score 14 points more than Bottas. While it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, he has only done that once all season. That came in Hungary as the result of a particularly poor weekend for the Finn driver as he slumped to an eighth-place finish.
In the 2018 race, Hamilton and Bottas finished fourth and fifth respectively in a disappointing weekend for Mercedes.
Ferrari are expected to be strong again after Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen both made the podium a year ago.
Verstappen to win 13/4
Verstappen’s record in Mexico has to make him a serious contender this time out. The track suits Red Bull’s car and he is looking to win his third race of the season. Jenson Button recently described the 22-year-old as the fastest driver F1 has ever seen and he’ll be looking to justify that on what could be a tough Sunday for Red Bull’s rivals.
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