Hamilton Must Wait Until Mexico for Fifth F1 Championship

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The Formula 1 coronation procession continues following the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

It will slow down temporarily, as Lewis Hamilton finished the race in third position, meaning that he will not take possession of his fifth Formula 1 world title until the next race, the Gran Premio De Mexico on October 28.

Hamilton must finish seventh or better in Mexico to clinch the title.

He could do at least that well walking the circuit and he holds a 70-point lead over Sebastian Vettel, who has an almost equally great margin over the third place position of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, the winner of the U.S. Grand Prix yesterday.

Of the top twenty drivers listed by Formula1.com, there are no other drivers even remotely in the conversation.

There are three races remaining in the 2018 season. After Mexico, the competition will be in Brazil and then run the final race in late November in Abu Dhabi.

Organisers hoping to fill some seats in the grandstand by staging a down-to-the-wire championship will have to wait until next year at the earliest, unless Hamilton can be persuaded to hop codes and join the English Premier League as a footballer.

Perth’s Daniel Ricciardo did not fare well in Texas and as his tenure with Team Red Bull comes to an inglorious conclusion, the U.S. Grand Prix once again found Ricciardo doing the walking, as his car made it through only nine laps before succumbing to another in the long list of power unit failures that have sunk him to sixth place on the 2018 championship list.

Ricciardo flipped the bird at his car, something more than a few of us have done when our aging Holden Commodores are abandoned on the side of the road.

Ricciardo established a new record, a dubious one, in retiring from a race for the seventh time this season, eclipsing his high of six abandonments from last season.

Raikkonen broke a duck by winning for the first time since the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, when he was working for Lotus. That was a dubious record as well, far outstripping Ricciardo’s.