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GP Mexico 2015 (race result): Rosberg beats Hamilton

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GP Mexico 2015 (race result)
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N ico Rosberg can still win. After failing from pole position 3 times in a row, the German cleverly beat Lewis Hamilton at the start in Mexico. On the approach to the first corner, Rosberg consequently closed the inner lane so as not to be pushed outside again. So Hamilton had no chance to attack.

Rosberg defends the top with confidence

Even after that, the vice world champion did everything right. He waited an extremely long time until the first stop. By the time he turned to change tires on lap 26, the rubbers were already so worn out that Hamilton had no way of overtaking strategy on the track. As the leading vehicle, Rosberg had the right to the first stop.

The second safety stop, which the strategists had planned at short notice, caused discussions at the Mercedes radio 20 laps later. After Rosberg had submitted again, Hamilton initially refused the first order to turn to the garage as well. The world champion was only persuaded to come in, although he had the feeling that he could bring the tires over the distance.

Vettel crashes in turn 7

Even a safety car phase on lap 51 did not change the order at the top. Sebastian Vettel had thrown his Ferrari into the gang at Turn 7 and ended a messed up race prematurely. At the start, all of the Heppenheimer's podium dreams had vanished into thin air. Daniel Ricciardo slashed his right rear tire in the fray of the first corners. While trying to catch up lost ground, Vettel had already done a first spin on lap 17.

Vettel would have been the only one of the lap times who could have challenged the Mercedes. Without the Ferrari, there was a duel between Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas for the remaining third podium. At first everything looked as if Kvyat could dust off the trophy. But Bottas came back through the safety car and grabbed the Russian at the restart.

But there was never a chance to attack the two Silver Arrows. So Rosberg and Hamilton at the top could drive their own race undisturbed. After 71 laps, the gap between the first two cars was 1.9 seconds. The German was then on the podium in the large baseball stadiumChanting celebrated.

'The podium was unbelievable. The best of the whole year,' said Rosberg with delight. 'Lewis was always close today, but I controlled the race. It only got difficult once at the restart after the safety car with cold tires.'

Hamilton congratulated him fairly: 'Nico drove well. He made no mistakes and therefore deserved to win. It wasn't easy to follow him on the track today. Whenever I got 3-4 car lengths, I did I lost downforce and just slipped. It was still fun. I was able to attack properly without worrying about championship points. '

H├╝lkenberg in 7th place with the help of the safety car

Behind Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo, another Red Bull driver, made it into the top 5. Behind him, the second Williams, Felipe Massa, landed in 6th place The two Force India pilots finished in 7th and 8th place. Nico H├╝lkenberg helped the safety car to keep his team-mate Sergio Perez behind him. For the local hero, who was the only one on a one-stop strategy, the safety car came at the wrong time. Despite old tires, Perez was still able to defend himself against Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean in the final laps.

Kimi Raikkonen was left empty-handed, just like Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Already in the 25th lap the Finn collided with compatriot Bottas. In the collision at Turn 5, the Iceman damaged the rear suspension. The Williams survived the contact without major damage. No Ferrari saw the finish line with it. That was the last time at the Australian GP in 2006. Vettel also lost second place in the World Cup because of his failure. With the win, Rosberg prevailed 21 points ahead of the Heppenheimers.

The next race will take place in Brazil in 14 days.

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