Max Verstappen started on the first row just behind polesitter Sebastian Vettel but quickly made his move stick into Turn 1. The Ferrari clattered into the rear of Hamilton then that sent both title rivals to the back of the field.
After Hamilton’s puncture, he could only recover for two points from 20th but the pressure was always there on Vettel due to his mammoth deficit of 66 points deficit before the round. A troubled comeback drive to fourth was not enough to stop Hamilton being crowned champion though.
While Hamilton made history by becoming a four-time world champion, Verstappen was certainly the star of the Mexican GP hinting at a future champion of his own. It was his second victory of the year as he led from the beginning and eventually won from Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas with a gap of almost 20 seconds.
Kimi Raikkonen took the final podium spot for Ferrari while Verstappen even managed to lap Hamilton and was told to slow down by his Red Bull team as his pace at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was so daunting.