Mexican Grand Prix: Race as it happened

Adriaan Slabbert Adriaan Slabbert

Follow all the action from Race Day at the Mexican Grand Prix live right here.

04:49 It’s been a truly spectacular Mexican Grand Prix, filled with a bit of everything!  The history books can now welcome the name of the 2017 world champion, but we’ll be back again in two weeks’ time to cover all the action from Brazil for you.  Thank you for joining us for this historic moment, and until next time, take care.  Bye for a bit!

04:46 Here’s the top ten for you:

04:45 He crosses the line in a lowly P9, but it makes no difference, Lewis Hamilton is the 2017 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion!  The Briton adds a fourth title to his successes in 2008, 2014 and 2015!

04:43 He’s handed out driving lessons today, with such an aggressive, but well-judged start, and scintillating pace since, and for the third time in his young career, Max Verstappen wins!  Bottas is P2, with Raikkonen P3!

04:40 Hamilton and Alonso have fought tooth and nail over P9, but it’s the former who ultimately prevails.  A spectacular fight between two great champions!

04:35 Vettel has been fighting bravely to be up to P4, but it appears to be to no avail…

04:30 The strain is starting to tell on the cars now.  Ericsson’s Sauber has gone up in flames, and he’s joined in retirement by the Renault of Sainz.

04:25 Vettel is now P4 as he swiftly passes Stroll.  The Ferrari man is now 23 seconds behind teammate Raikkonen, who is holding on to P3.  Hamilton has passed Massa for P10.

04:20 Vettel has crept up on Stroll, he dives to the inside at turn one, he’s through! P5 for the Ferrari man.  Perez has pitted for new ultrasofts in an attempt to catch Stroll.

04:15 Vettel has caught and passed Perez, to the sound of audible groans from the crowd, mixed with some applause.  Stroll is 3.3 seconds ahead of the German.  It’s been all action so far in Mexico!

04:10 Hamilton is informed that he could progress up to P8 if his pace remains strong.  It won’t matter all that much though, because Vettel is still stuck in P7, albeit gaining on Perez.

04:05 Here’s an order update for you.   Verstappen still growing his advantage to Bottas.

04:00 Vettel is still charging ahead on his new ultrasofts.  Verstappen, who is 12 seconds clear of Bottas, has been told he simply needs to match the Finn’s lap times.

03:55 Here’s the moment it all went wrong for Hartley.  The VSC has ended and we’re back to full pace, with Verstappen 7.8 seconds clear of Bottas, as Hamilton passes Grosjean for P15.

03:50 Pierre Gasly has zoomed up behind Romain Grosjean and the French rookie is past, but disaster for the other Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley as he loses power!  The VSC is out and Verstappen and Hamilton have both stopped, with  Raikkonen following suit.  The Finn has jumped Ocon with that stop and is now P3.  Vettel is also in for a set of ultrasofts.  An aggressive move from Ferrari, that.

03:45 Disaster for Nico Hulkenberg as an ERS issue puts an end to his afteroon!  The German was looking for a fistful of points, but there won’t be any of that now.  Vettel is P8, having just gotten past Alonso, while Hamilton is P16.

03:40 Hamilton appears to be in trouble.  The Mercedes man is dead last and can’t find a way past the Renault of Sainz, and he’s been lapped by both Verstappen and Bottas.

03:35 Ocon has stopped from P3.  Verstappen is about to lap Hamilton, while Vettel is still continuing his long slog up the grid.  Verstappen is still in complete control.

03:30 Vettel has passed Gasly for P14 and is now eyeing up Romain Grosjean.  In fact, he’s past the Haas for P13. Meanwhile, teammate Raikkonen, who was stuck behind the Force India of Perez, is released into clear air as the Mexican stops for soft tyres. Verstappen is out front by 5.8 seconds.

03:25 Here’s a little summary of how things have gone from the start.  Meanwhile, Vettel has tried to pass Massa but is forced wide, before nipping past the Williams while partially off the circuit.  Will the Ferrari man have to hand the place back?

03:20 It was all a bit frantic at the start, but everyone seems to have (more or less) gotten through it.  Verstappen now leads by 5 seconds, while Vettel is up to P16.

03:15 Bottas, P2, seems to have no answer to the Red Bull ahead right now, which is now 3.5 seconds up the road.  The other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo has been forced to retire due to a problem with the turbo.  Desperately rotten luck for the Honey Badger!

03:10 Verstappen leads by just over two seconds from Bottas. Vettel and Hamilton are now P18 and P20 respectively after their pit stops, but they aren’t likely to stop again.

03:05 Here come the lights, lights, lights, lights, lights…camera…ACTION! GO! Vettel with a good start, but Verstappen is past into turn 2!  A coming together between Vettel and Hamilton!  The Mercedes man has a puncture!  Vettel drops to P3 behind Bottas, and Verstappen leads! Vettel and Hamilton both pit!  Vettel gets a new nose and a set of soft tyres! Softs for Hamilton, too.

03:00 It’s time for the formation lap, Vettel leads them away…

02:52 Here’s the weather for you.  Overcast, but dry and pleasant.  The drivers have presented themselves for the anthem, next up: lights out!

02:45 Hamilton knows his business around here though, and as always, he’s likely to fighting for every inch rather than playing it safe.

02:40 Here, to remind you, are all the relevant title permutations.  It’s a rather hopeless case for the man in red, but he can only do his best.

02:35 There’s a fantastic atmosphere all round though, a marvelous spectacle fully worthy of playing host to the fastest racing drivers on the planet!

02:30 30 minutes to lights out.  Today’s race is expected to welcome a capacity crowd of over 100,000 fans, and they may or may not be there for one man in particular…

02:25 Overtaking is rather difficult around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodgriguez, so as our polesitter correctly points out, the first corner is critical, which means a good start is non-negotiable.

02:20 Coming to today, it will be a demanding race for the cars and drivers.  The circuit lies 2200m above sea level, the highest on the calendar, which places a unique cooling demand on the cars.  It’s a circuit that’s tough on brakes, too, so reliability could be a factor today.

02:15 We could witness history in the making today as Hamilton bids for his fourth world title.  A finish of P5 or better will do, irrespective of where Vettel finishes.  Should the Mercedes man achieve the feat, it will make him only the fifth man in the history of the sport to claim at least four crowns, along with Vettel (4), Alain Prost (4), Juan Manuel Fangio (5) and of course, Michael Schumacher (7).

02:10 Sharing the front row with Vettel will be Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.  The Dutchman was less than a tenth off the Ferrari man’s pace, but he ultimately couldn’t quite find the final margin.  Behind him, the Silver Arrows of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will share row 2.

02:05 To take you back to yesterday, it was Sebastian Vettel who lapped the Mexican circuit fastest of all, securing pole in a time of 1.16.488.  This marks the 50th time in his career that the German will line up at the front of the pack, which puts him fourth on the all-time list, behind Lewis Hamilton (72), Michael Schumacher (68) and Ayrton Senna (65).

02:00 Hello again, welcome back to FOX Sports Asia’s coverage of Race Day at the Mexican Grand Prix!  It could be a day of some significance, so stick with us.

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