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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, front, leads the charge during a the start of the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain (44) trails smoke as he leads the pack at the start of the race. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain (44) trails smoke as he leads the pack at the start of the race. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, front, leads the charge during a the start of the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain (44) leads the pack at the start of the race. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain (44) leads the pack early in the race followed by teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany (6). REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Manor Racing driver Pascal Wehrlein, of Germany, left, and Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, of Sweden, spin out after crashing at the start of the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - The car of Manor Racing's Pascal Wehrlein of Germany is towed after a crash. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Sauber driver Felipe Nasr, of Brazil, steers his carat the start of the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, competes during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Williams' Felipe Massa of Brazil leads Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the race. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, right, goes around a curve during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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  • Renault driver Kevin Magnussen, of Denmark, is pursued by McLaren driver Jenson Button, of Britain, as they compete in the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain competes. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain competes. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Williams driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, left, and McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, steer their cars during the qualifiers for the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, front, and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, compete during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Red Bull's Max Verstappen of the Netherlands competes. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, steers his car during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Force India's Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (rear) compete. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain competes. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Drivers compete during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain (44) and teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany (rear) compete. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, of Finland, right, and Force India driver Sergio Perez, of Mexico, compete in the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
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  • Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat, of Russia, front, competes along with other drivers during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Nico Rosberg of Germany leads Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo of Australia as they compete. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg, of Germany, left, and Sauber driver Felipe Nasr, of Brazil, steer their cars during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Williams' Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Force India's Sergio Perez of Mexico (rear) compete. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Renault driver Kevin Magnussen, of Denmark, competes in the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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  • Mexico F1 Grand Prix Auto Racing
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, of Germany,right, steers his car ahead of Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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  • Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, left and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, drive their cars during qualification for the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Lewis Hamilton grabbed the pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg fought back from his rough practice outings to earn the No. 2 spot.(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves as he celebrates his race victory. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Second placed finisher Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (L) applauds as his teammate, race winner Lewis Hamilton of Britain, celebrates with his trophy. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel center holds the trophy aloft as he celebrates on the podium his third place finish in the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Vettel. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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  • Formula One - F1 - Mexican F1 Grand Prix - Mexico City, Mexico - 30/10/16 - Paddy Lowe, engineer, technical director of Mercedes, race winning Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, second placed finisher Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and third placed finishing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (L to R) celebrate during the victory ceremony after the race. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Roughly ten messy laps defined the Mexican Grand Prix – five laps at the start and five at the end. Those laps included a couple of actual wrecks and a few more near wrecks that turned the entire day into chaos.

To have any chance of winning the 2016 Driver's Championship, Lewis Hamilton needed to get his Mercedes-AMG Petronas across the finish line ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Once again we got a weekend full of vintage Hamilton, the Brit dominating the from Friday to Sunday, except for the first corner of the first lap. Pole-sitter Hamilton reached Turn 1 clearly in front of the field. But he couldn't make the corner and stay on track, so he zipped into the runoff area and over the grass, rejoining at Turn 3 still ahead of the field. The stewards didn't penalize Hamilton, one commentator's explanation being that Hamilton "was not battling another car." The non-action left car #44 to enjoy a lights-to-flag win.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, of Germany,right, steers his car ahead of Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.

At that very same corner, Rosberg also availed himself of the runoff area. His infraction seemed destined to incur a penalty until replays showed that Max Verstappen in the Red Bull slid wide and bumped Rosberg, causing the German to go off track. No penalties were handed out there, either. Verstappen would return to hound Rosberg later in the race when angling for second place. Verstappen took a stab through Turn 4 on Lap 50 of the 71-lap race, but ran off the track and lost touch with the Mercedes by Lap 55.

Ferrari got half of its strategy right in Mexico, putting Sebastian Vettel hard on the charge in the final stint. The German got within DRS range of Verstappen on Lap 67, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo a little more than a second behind Vettel. On Lap 68, Verstappen pulled the same move as Hamilton at the beginning of the race: the Dutchman ran wide through Turn 1, zoomed over the grass and rejoined the track at Turn 3, staying ahead of Vettel the whole time. With three laps remaining, the stewards chose to investigate after the race. In spite of Verstappen's own team telling he probably needed to cede position to Vettel, Verstappen stayed in front and slowed just enough to put Vettel under threat from Ricciardo.

Drivers compete during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

On Lap 70 Ricciardo had closed up to Vettel's gearbox. Headed for Turn 4, Vettel swung outside to take the corner. When Ricciardo moved inside to pass, Vettel moved inside to block the Aussie while both cars were in the braking zone. The Ferrari made light contact with the Red Bull, but Vettel held his position through Turn 5. The German crossed the line in fourth, but not before dumping a bucket full of curses on Verstappen and on Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting for refusing to order Verstappen to give up third position before the checkered flag.

After the race Verstappen parked his car in the spot for the third-place finisher and went to the podium room. The stewards hit the teenager with a five-second penalty for the incident at Turn 1, dropping him to fifth behind Vettel and Ricciardo, and ushering him out of the podium room so Vettel could take the lowest step on the dais.

Three hours after the race, the stewards gave Vettel a ten-second penalty for moving in the braking zone, dropping Vettel to fifth behind Ricciardo and Verstappen. The irony of the situation is that Vettel got bit by a new regulation he championed, written into the rule books after Verstappen moved under braking in Japan while defending against Hamilton. So the final order was: Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Vettel.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (rear) compete.

Behind them, Kimi Räikkönen got the second Ferrari home in sixth after an iffy strategy and slow pit stop. Nico Hülkenberg claimed seventh for Force India, a fortunate result after contact with Räikkönen on Lap 67 at that infamous Turn 4. The Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa took the next two places, Sergio Perez taking the last point in tenth at his home grand prix.

With two weeks to go until the next race in Brazil, we can expect a fortnight of hand-wringing about Verstappen's driving, the inconsistency of steward's decisions, whether "the knives are out" against Red Bull, and the chance of Vettel getting being fined for his epithets. We expect a number of driver announcements during the break, so we can already start wondering why Esteban Ocon is linked to a Force India seat when he's done little to show he deserves his Manor Racing seat. And one day soon we hope Haas F1 will answer all questions about its questionable brakes – Romain Grosjean hopes so, too.

Paddy Lowe, engineer, technical director of Mercedes, race winning Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, second placed finisher Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and third placed finishing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (L to R) celebrate during the victory ceremony after the race

There will no doubt be more dialogue about Rosberg's potential Driver's Championship; pundits wonder if a Rosberg title would shine a little less if Rosberg doesn't beat Hamilton in equal machinery in the final races. For now, Rosberg holds a 19-point advantage over Hamilton, and that's all that matters to the record books. Until Brazil.

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