F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari into the first corner during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing vie for fourth place through the first corner during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari into the first corner during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari in action during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 01, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Force India driver Sergio Perez of Mexico leads ove Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz of Spain and teammate Nico Hulkenberg of Germany his car during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas' German driver Nico Rosberg competes during the F1 Mexico Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen competes in the F1 Mexico Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 01, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas Germany driver Nico Rosberg and his teammate British driver Lewis Hamilton compete during the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Martini Williams Racing Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas competes during the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Sahara India Force Mexican driver Sergio Perez competes during the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas German driver Nico Rosberg competes during the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after winning the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas' German driver Nico Rosberg (R) celebrates on the podium after winning the F1 Mexico Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City on November 1, 2015. Mercedes AMG Petronas' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Williams Martini Racing's Finnish Valtteri Bottas (out of frame) finished in second and third position respectively. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas' German driver Nico Rosberg (C) waves from the podium after winning the F1 Mexico Grand Prix, next to British teammate and runner-up Lewis Hamilton (L) and Williams Martini Racing's Finnish Valtteri Bottas who came in third, at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams celebrates on the podium after finishing third in the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • F1 Grand Prix of Mexico
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 1, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The last time Formula One visited Mexico, in 1992, 26 cars powered by eight engine manufacturers (counting Honda and Mugen-Honda separately) lined up on the grid; it would have been nine engine makers but the Brabham-Judd cars failed to qualify. In 1992 Lewis Hamilton was seven years old, Sebastian Vettel was five, Max Verstappen was still five years away from being born. Two of the current Sky Sports F1 commentary team, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert, were drivers. The starting three were Nigel Mansell on pole – 39 years old, this the year he'd win his only World Championship – and Riccardo Patrese both driving Williams-Renault cars, followed by Michael Schumacher in a Benetton-Ford. Only 13 of the 26 starters would finish. The circuit is has been reworked to today's safer standards, the track surface is brand new and slippery, but the atmosphere and packed grandstands haven't changed.

Nico Rosberg was another point of consistency, scoring pole position for the fourth race in a row to beat his now-World-Champion teammate Hamilton by almost two-tenths of a second. The last time Rosberg turned pole position into a victory? The Spanish Grand Prix back in May. Vettel locked up third for Ferrari, followed by the Infiniti Red Bull Racing duo of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Williams went two-up as well, Valtteri Bottas in sixth ahead of Felipe Massa in seventh. Max Verstappen turned in a great late lap to reserve eighth place, Sergio Perez did all he could in front of his home crowd to get ninth, teammate Nico Hülkenberg the caboose in the top ten.

Nico Rosberg drives in the 2015 Mexican F1 Grand Prix.

In that 1992 race the first three on the grid finished the race in the same order after Mansell dominated, and it was almost the same in 2015. If Rosberg had driven the whole season like he drove today the Driver's World Championship would still be up for grabs. He got a great start and held his line through the first corner, coming out ahead of Hamilton through the initial kinks, pulling away as soon as he got to the straight. Hamilton was never more than a few seconds behind, but every time the Brit inched closer the German found a few more tenths to keep his distance.

The field got bunched up when the Safety Car came out on Lap 53 after Vettel spun and got stuck in the barriers, but Rosberg handled the restart perfectly. Both drivers made small mistakes in the last few laps while driving on the edge, but Rosberg earned a strong victory, crossing the line two seconds ahead of his teammate.

Valtteri Bottas drives during the 2015 Mexican F1 Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas will be stoked to get his second podium finish of the season after Canada, finishing third. After pitting on Lap 9 of the 71-lap race he'd been running in the back half of the top ten. In seventh on Lap 23, he and Kimi Räikkönen decided to ring one another's bells again through the right-hand Turn 5, in the reverse of what happened two races ago at Sochi. This time Bottas lunged down the inside and Räikkönen turned in on him, making wheel-to-wheel contact that threw Räikkönen's car up on two wheels. When Räikkönen came down his right-rear suspension broke and he was out of the race. With Vettel's retirement later, it's the first time no Ferrari has been classified at the end of a race since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

Bottas was fine, and after runners in front took pit stops he found himself in fourth, behind Daniil Kvyat. When the field bunched up during the Safety Car, Bottas was right up on Kvyat at the restart and it was Mercedes power versus Renault power down the front straight, with a predictable result. Kvyat held on for fourth ahead of teammate Ricciardo, the thin air at Mexico City's 7,500-foot altitude and twisty Sector 2 helping Red Bull negate the worst of its power unit weaknesses. Felipe Massa brought the second Williams home in sixth.

Sergio Perez goes over a curb at the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix.

Nico Hülkenberg finished seventh, one place ahead of teammate, hometown boy, and crowd favorite Sergio Perez. The Mexican did an outstanding job to get eighth, after only pitting once on Lap 19. His ability to save a set of tires, some solid driving, and a Mercedes power unit were the deciding factors in his being able to keep the Renault-powered Max Verstappen behind him just under a second away. Romain Grosjean took the final points-winning spot in tenth, holding off teammate Pastor Maldonado for the last few laps.

Rosberg's first win since the Austrian Grand Prix in June puts him in second in the Driver's Championship standings with 272 points and gives him a 21-point cushion over Vettel. Getting 15 points thanks to Bottas' Revenge, the Williams driver goes ahead of fellow Finn Räikkönen into third place, 126 points to 123.

The podium at the 2015 Mexican F1 Grand Prix.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas and Ferrari are the decided one-two in the Constructor's World Championship, positions after that remain up for grabs. Williams got closer to clinching third place by scoring one point more than Red Bull in fourth, and frankly Red Bull would have to do the impossible and score 71 points while Williams scored none to turn that around.

The North American tour finished, we get a two-week break while the F1 show moves to its next date in Brazil on November 25. We'll see you then.

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