Hamilton looks set to secure his fourth world championship this weekend. However, he could be in for a tough fight for victory in Mexico, with Vettel refusing to give up on his title chances.
Hamilton close to title win
With a massive 56 point lead in the championship, fifth or better in the race will secure Hamilton the title. And this would be if Vettel wins the race. Having only finished outside of the top 5 once this year, Hamilton looks set to win his fourth world championship this weekend.
However, Hamilton is determined to win here this weekend regardless. Mercedes, though, could have a tougher weekend than usual, with the high downforce requirements favouring Ferrari and Red Bull.
Although his chances are slim, Vettel still hasn’t given up on the championship fight. Hoping for Ferrari to be strong here, he is looking to take victory this weekend.
Track limits under question
After the controversial decision by the stewards to strip Verstappen of his podium finish last time out in Austin, we are again reminded of the track limit controversy returning to Mexico. Last year, Verstappen was demoted from third for a similar reason here in Mexico. It will be interesting to see what is done this weekend, with many believing the track limits rules need to be rewritten to prevent further issues in the future.
Hartley back for Toro Rosso
Having made his F1 debut last weekend, Hartley will be back again for Toro Rosso in Mexico. With Kvyat ruled out for a drive in the team next year, his career in Formula One looks to have come to an end, with very few teams with drives remaining for next year.
Hartley had a strong debut last weekend, finishing the race 13th in his first single seater race since 2012. He will be joined by Gasly, who is back to F1 after disappointment last weekend when his Super Formula race was cancelled. The team need to set their focus on securing 5th place in the constructor’s championship, currently 15 points behind Williams.