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GP Week : Issue 232
had Nico rosberg performed as he did in Mexico through the entire season, it's almost certain lewis hamilton would not have been crowned world champion last week. On his day he has the measure of his more decorated teammate, and the Mexican Grand Prix was one of those days. Realistically the race was over at the first corner. From the start, Rosberg held his advantage to take the line after which it was simply a case of positioning himself so as to not afford Hamilton a chance to pass. When he managed that, his task to win the race relied purely on his ability to keep the car on track and never looked threatened. The safety car may have provided a moment of concern but it was only ever that, and by the time Rosberg flashed across the line he'd opened enough of a gap to control the race once again. Once ahead and out of DRS reach, Rosberg's run to the flag was elementary. Mercedes stopped him two laps before Hamilton ensuring there was no advantage for the man who was second on the road, safeguarding Rosberg's position. It was only Hamilton questioning whether the team was right to pit him for a second time that seemed to upset the apple cart, but as things transpired it was the right call. At that point in the race it was unclear whether it was the fastest strategy. It was the safest, but Hamilton felt he could have reached the end without much difficulty on his second set of tyres. It would have made for a 43 lap run to the flag against a fast charged and freshly rubbered Rosberg. That strategy was doomed though when the safety car emerged as, had Hamilton stayed out, he would have been easy pickings for not only Rosberg but those who had pitted behind. Hamilton could have stopped under the safety car, but he'd have always handed the lead back to Rosberg. 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MEXICO PARTNERS: