Hamilton wins Mexican GP to cut Rosberg's lead

Lewis Hamilton survived a nervous start to win the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday to cut Nico Rosberg's lead to 19 in the drivers' championship.

Lewis Hamilton trails teammate Nico Rosberg by 19 points with two races remaining.   -  Reuters

Lewis Hamilton grabbed another Formula One victory at the Mexican Grand Prix to keep up the pressure on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the season championship.

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But with a 19-point deficit to Rosberg and just two races left, Hamilton is running out of time. Rosberg finished second.

The two-time defending champion is keeping what pressure he can on Rosberg in the title chase. Rosberg can still win his first career championship if he gets a second and third-place finish in the final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was penalised 5 seconds after the race for leaving the track and gaining the advantage. The move came in a late-race duel between Vettel and Verstappen for third.

As they crossed the finish line, Vettel pulled alongside Verstappen and waved his finger at him. The Dutch teenager responded by shaking his fist. The penalty pushed Verstappen back to fifth behind his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Rosberg battled with Verstappen all afternoon. They bumped tires on the first corner, sending the Mercedes driver into the grass. Rosberg held position and race stewards decided there would be no penalty, but without the bump, Verstappen likely would have emerged in second for the early laps.

Verstappen made a late charge to pass Rosberg with a bold move on lap 50, but couldn’t hold the position through the corner, missing a chance to close Rosberg’s margin for error over the final two races.

With Rosberg forced to fight for second, Hamilton had no problems coasting to his eighth win of the season and second in a row.