BEIJING, Oct 28: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took victory in Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, but will have to wait at least one more race before being assured of this year�s world title.
The Briton will seal his sixth championship � and his fifth in the last six years � at next weekend�s United States Grand Prix provided he does not finish lower than eighth, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas the only other driver still capable of overhauling Hamilton�s points total, reports Xinhua news agency.
Hamilton�s win on Sunday came after a tense and tactical affair that showcased his ability to push hard while minimising tyre wear.
The opening laps gave little indication of how the race would finish, with Hamilton dropping to fourth after light contact with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, and the twin Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel looking strong at the front.
But, while Leclerc and the third-placed Red Bull of Alex Albon pitted on lap 15 for the first of two stops, Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas stayed out, setting the stage for an intriguing tactical battle.
Hamilton made his only pitstop on lap 24, meaning he would have to complete a 47-lap stint on worn tyres, and the Briton initially seemed pessimistic about his chances of making the strategy work, radioing his team to suggest that he had pitted too early. � IANS