Lewis Hamilton clinched the pole position after an impressive performance in the qualifying session of the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday. The British driver's work is only half done, as he will be keen to win the race on Sunday, and make the race for the F1 driver's title much more interesting.
Hamilton will have to win the last three races of the season, including the Mexican Grand Prix, to keep his hopes of winning the title alive. However, the sad part is that the driver may still lose the title to teammate Nico Rosberg, who can win the title even if Hamilton wins last three races as the German only needs to finish second twice and third once to become world champion. Hamilton will have to perform at his level best and stay positive.
Rosberg, who enjoys a 26-point lead over Hamilton, can win the title on Sunday itself if he wins the Mexican Grand Prix and the British driver finishes 10th or lower. Hamilton is aware of it, and he does not have many plans for that and just wants to concentrate on the third last race of the season.
"There is no real tactic. I turned up to do the job and I'm going to try to do the same thing as a did last week here. So far this weekend has gone well. Yeah, looking forward to the race, the long runs seem to be good, the car feels great, so I'm just looking forward to getting out on track," F1's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
Hamilton was brilliant in the qualifying, taking pole, but Rosberg believes that starting first from the grid does not necessarily guarantee the chequered flag at the end.
"As we have seen this year pole position isn't everything on Sundays, so for sure there are still some opportunities. Just going to try to do the best I can tomorrow and try to get that win here in Mexico, that was awesome," Rosberg said.
But the German has struggled with the car during the weekend, and he will hope for a smooth ride on the day when it matters most.
Though the focus is going to be on Hamilton and Rosberg for the top two positions, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will push the two drivers to the limit as they are third and fourth in the grid. The Red Bull drivers, who have been consistent this season, will be followed by Nico Hulkenberg.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will start the race in sixth and seventh position, which means there will be plenty of tough fight for points in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Where to watch live
The Mexican Grand Prix is scheduled for 1 pm local time, 11:30 pm IST, 6 pm GMT
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