If Nico Rosberg was seeking redemption for throwing away a potential win in the USGP last weekend, he managed to find it in Mexico at the recently renovated Hermanos Rodriguez. The German claimed victory which is the first formula 1 win in Mexico since 1992.
The race was well under control by Rosberg who started from pole position and led the entire way. He was challenged by teammate Lewis Hamilton who may have been challenged by fitting prime tires for his final stint and even challenged the team on the radio questioning their reported degradation rates on his tires.
Lewis gave it a go and not the type of effort that was phoned in having just secured the driver’s title in Austin. He wanted the win and was hovering around 1 ½ seconds behind Rosberg at the finish. He couldn’t get close enough to Nico to mount an effective challenge which is a testament to how well Nico was driving on Sunday.
Nico needed this win, perhaps more than Hamilton, to restore some faith in himself that he can race at the top and win at the top.
It had to be a big win for Nico who drove masterfully to secure the win from pole and needed to turn his fortunes around, albeit to late for the title run but it’s a move in the right direction heading into 2016.
A win for Russian Daniil Kvyat who drove an impeccable race to 4th having lost out to the Mercedes power of the Williams in the hands of Valtteri Bottas after a restart due to a safety car period. He may have given Red Bull Racing a podium had it not been for Sebastian Vettel’s crash.
A big win for the promoters of the Mexican Grand Prix for making the best use of their stadium section for the podium. Also to Mexico as a whole for the successful return to F1’s calendar. Very excited for the Mexican fans and for the venue. I will say that the OTT praise started to border on patronizing on the broadcasts and social media though as many races put over 100,000 bums in the seat on race day. Mexico City is massive and there are a lot of Mexican F1 fans so it isn’t a real stretch that it would be well supported on its return to F1. Also, the traffic nightmares tweeted were reminders that not every race is without its issues and the on-track racing was a pretty straightforward affair so let’s not patronize Mexican racing fans, they have always been there, it’s great that they now have a track and race to show their enthusiasm which they truly did in spades…awesome showing by any measure. Estimated 335,000 over the weekend! That’s awesome.
A win for Nico Hulkenberg who was always at risk of being outshone by the hometown favorite, Sergio Perez, but he needed a recovery drive having had a spate of bad luck and he delivered by staying ahead of his teammate for 7th place.
A big win for Sergio Perez who really was a terrific ambassador for Mexico and gave the crowd a real driver to cheer for. Not an also-ran or box to tick but a really talented F1 driver who was genuinely appreciative and moved by the Mexican fans and their support. Great weekend for both Mexican fans and Sergio.
A win for American driver Alexander Rossi who simply seems to be able to beat Will Stevens any time he gets in the car and it’s a good day when the guest driver beats the team leader.
A win for Lewis, who wasn’t happy with the team’s call on tires and pit strategy switching to plan B, for being magnanimous and complementing Nico’s drive.
A fail for Ferrari who suffered their first dual DNF since 2006 (which is really saying something positive if you think about it) as both Kimi and Seb failed to finish. Seb had an incident with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo at turn 1 and then struggled to make ground. In a rare moment, he was trying very hard to play catch up and threw it away at turn 7.
Kimi’s fail is coupled with Valtteri Bottas in my mind as the two had a mirror situation to the Russian Grand Prix which garnered a penalty for Kim but in this incident, no penalty for Bottas. It ended Kimi’s race and allowed Valtteri to claim the final step on the podium. Perhaps the fail here could be the inconsistency in penalties once again but I’m sure many Bottas fans will blame Kimi for the incident here as well as Russia. Such is the life of being a fan.
A fail for McLaren…enough said.
Ok, the Pirelli podium hats have officially become not fun. When Bottas and Hamilton refused to wear the sombreros on the podium, you know you’ve gone a bridge too far in schmaltzy podium antics. Cultural appropriation or not, perhaps Pirelli and promoters will reconsider their ethnic hat concept. Before we get to Baku.
I think the parc ferme through Nico off kilter as he left his helmet in the car and walked to the waiting room to be weighed. He then realized he didn’t have his helmet and started to go back for it. Where’s Herbie Blash to keep things like this from happening? Come on Herbie, we’re counting on you to see the fine details my friend.
According to our friend Peter, who times these kinds of things, the Mexican Grand Prix on NBC garnered 22:45 of full-screen time which was 45 seconds more than the Russian Grand Prix so we got an additional 45 seconds of action folks! Yes, my friends in the UK, we got to watch 22 minutes of the race in full-screen glory.
|1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||71||1h 42:35.038|
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||71||16.572|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||71||19.682|
|7||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||71||25.860|
|8||Sergio Pérez||Force India/Mercedes||71||34.343|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||71||35.229|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||71||48.772|
|15||Alexander Rossi||Marussia/Ferrari||69||2 Laps|
|16||Will Stevens||Marussia/Ferrari||69||2 Laps|
|–||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||50||Spun off|
|–||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||1||Power Unit|