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Too little too late as Nico Rosberg holds off F1 champion Lewis Hamilton

By Staff Reporter

Nico Rosberg bounced back from the error that ended his championship hopes in Austin to win the Mexican Grand Prix.

Rosberg controlled the race, despite a late safety car appearance after Sebastian Vettel crashed out, to claim his first victory since June's Austrian Grand Prix.

The German, who moves clear of Vettel in second place in the championship, finished 1.9 seconds ahead of world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas completing the podium.

Rosberg said: "Amazing day, a great battle with Lewis, who drove really well. I'm really happy with the win, what a place to do it. An absolutely awesome crowd."

Vettel, who started from third, had joked that he wanted Rosberg and Hamilton to collide at the first corner so he could take the lead.

But it was Vettel who was involved in a collision at turn one. In his bid to hold off Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, the pair touched. Vettel sustained a rear-right puncture and had to limp back to the pits.

He then crashed out on lap 52 to compound his misery after he went straight on and into the tyre barriers.

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