Hamilton equals Prost’s record with 51st career victory

Lewis Hamilton raced to his 51st career victory in Mexico
Lewis Hamilton raced to his 51st career victory in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton raced to his 51st career Formula One victory in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, equalling the tally of legend Alain Prost.

It was also Hamilton’s eighth win of the season and his second in a row. Hamilton’s margin of victory was 8.354 seconds over his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. The victory cut Rosberg’s advantage over his Brackley team-mate from 26 points to 19 points with only two races remaining.

Haas F1 Team drivers Esteban Gutiérrez and Romain Grosjean finished 19th and 20th, respectively, at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.

The result capped a frustrating race weekend for the Banbury team, as struggles in practice on Friday led to a disappointing qualifying performance on Saturday with neither driver getting out of Q1.

Gutiérrez started the 71-lap race from 17th in the 22-car field, while Grosjean started from the pit lane. Crew members had to change the floor of Grosjean’s car race morning, and because it was different from the floor used in qualifying, FIA regulations required a pit-lane start.

With two rounds remaining, Haas remains eighth in the constructor standings with 29 points. They kept the gap to seventh-place Toro Rosso at 26 points and maintained its 21-point advantage over ninth-place Renault, as neither Toro Rosso nor the Enstone team finished in the points.