Thanks to a bold strategy and masterful tire management, Lewis Hamilton triumphed from third on the grid in Mexico to earn his 10th victory of the year and move closer to another FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Championship.
“After we secured the Constructors’ trophy in Japan, we said that we wanted to end this season in style and the race in Mexico was the first proof of that,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “It underlined how hungry this team still is – everyone keeps on pushing for the best possible result. It was the 100th victory for Mercedes-Benz in the F1 world championship – a great milestone in our motorsport tradition and an achievement that is testament to the skill and dedication of the many people who have contributed to our heritage.”
The victory at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez , which was Hamilton’s 100th podium with Mercedes, put him four points away from another drivers’ title. The 34-year-old needs just an eighth-place finish to seal his sixth career crown.
“The next race at the Circuit of the Americas is only a few days away and we’re all looking forward to another fight on track,” Wolff said. “We have a decent track record in Austin; however, we had a difficult weekend in Texas last year as we struggled with tire management. The W10 treats its tires more gently than our 2018 car, so this should be less of an issue this year.”
Hamilton has won five times since the Circuit of the Americas joined the F1 calendar in 2012, including a run of four straight victories from 2014 through 2017. He also won in 2007 when the event was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with his six total victories in the United States Grand Prix the most in history. Hamilton has only finished off the podium once in the U.S.
Teammate Valtteri Bottas secured his 14th podium of the year in Mexico, the most he has recorded in a season in his F1 career. A top-three finish in Texas this weekend would mark his first career podium in the United States Grand Prix.
“COTA has produced great racing with lots of overtaking, so we hope for another spectacular Sunday in Austin,” Wolff said. “The crowd is usually very enthusiastic and I’m sure we’ll meet a lot of new fans thanks to the success of the F1 Netflix series in the US. It’s great to see the growing TV audience numbers in the American market and we’ll fight hard to make sure that this year’s race will contribute to the increasing interest in our sport.”