‘There was nothing we could do about it’: Lewis Hamilton insists his Mercedes was powerless to close gap on Max Verstappen after Red Bull rival tightened his grip on the world championship after victory in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was helpless to prevent Max Verstappen romping to victory in Mexico and take a tighter hold on the world championship destiny. Hamilton, trailing Verstappen by 19 points, said: ‘First, congratulations to Max. Verstappen, who made a brilliant move at the first corner to hit the front, said: ‘The start? It was nice, three cars wide, and it was all about just trying to brake as late as you can. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was held to be at fault for allowing Verstappen to surge ahead, yielding the racing line after starting on pole. Former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer said: ‘If you’re Bottas, you’ve got to hang Verstappen out to dry! Bottas finished 15th and at least robbed Verstappen of the point for fastest lap late on.

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