Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed his second successive victory of the season at the Mexican Grand Prix, reducing the deficit to championship leader Nico Rosberg to 19 points.
Hamilton made a good start from pole position, but went over the grass after missing the braking point for turn 1.
Behind, Rosberg and Max Verstappen went head-to-head in the opening sequence of corners, with Rosberg forced off the grass.
However, the German managed to retain his position in the same way as Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg raced to fourth place with a brilliant getaway from fifth on the grid. The 29-year-old started reeling in Verstappen, but an early safety car brought his charge to a halt.
When the race resumed, Hamilton retook control of the field, with Rosberg and Verstappen following behind in second and third places respectively.
The Englishman went on to win the race, with Rosberg securing the runner-up spot to complete another Mercedes 1-2.
Verstappen, who at one stage nearly passed Rosberg, finished third on road, but was handed a five second penalty for going off the track and gaining an advantage.
As a result, Vettel was promoted to the final spot on the podium, with Daniel Ricciardo also moving up one position to fourth.
Ricciardo was one of the few drivers to do a two-stop, having pitted under the VSC at the end of lap 1.
Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari after passing Nico Hulkenberg late in the race.
Hulkenberg, who was running fourth at one position, fell down the order after making an early pitstop. The German was also forced into a spin while defending against Raikkonen.
The Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were classified ninth and tenth respectively, the latter fending off home-hero Sergio Perez in a race long battle to claim two crucial points.
by Rachit Thukral