Red Bulls "in a league of their own" in Mexico - Hamilton

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Starting in third, the Briton was the fastest out of his marks, and cut through the middle of Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Verstappen to momentarily take the lead on the 220mph, 900-yard charge to the first braking zone.

After a strong start from Hamilton, leap-frogging Ricciardo to slot in behind Verstappen for second, his race soon began to unravel.

A highlight of the Mexican Grand Prix was a local reporter, named Fernando Alonso, posing questions to the drivers.

Lewis Hamilton moved level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five Formula One drivers' championships on Sunday in a Mexican Grand Prix that was won by Max Verstappen.

Persistent tyre problems hindered Hamilton's race and chances of wrapping up the title with a win, but he remained safely within the required top seven.

Horner was asked to whether he had spoken to the clearly angry Ricciardo yet: "He wanted to get out of the circuit pretty as you can imagine, so we'll speak a bit later when things have calmed down".

"Today's race was not the best way to finish the season for Mercedes in a race like that, but whatever, it doesn't matter - who cares", he added.

But such is the superior straight-line speed of Mercedes and, in particular, Ferrari that both Verstappen and Ricciardo face intense pressure at the start of Sunday's race.

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But the German could only manage second place, meaning Hamilton's fourth-place finish was inconsequential in his bid to retain the crown. Ricciardo's race ended with late engine failure, the eighth time this season his vehicle didn't make it to the finish. Engine failure has killed his vehicle in six of the last 11 races with two left on the season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Red Bull's vehicle troubles haven't been consigned to race day.

Red Bull's 1-2 start was their first front-row lockout since the start of the hybrid engine era in 2014.

From there, Hamilton just made sure he got his auto over the line, and was promoted one place after Ricciardo's engine blew up with 10 laps remaining.

The Australian was running in second and set for a one-stop strategy which would have likely seen him hold off Sebastian Vettel for a Red Bull one-two before smoke began billowing from his auto with only 10 laps remaining.

Much has been made of the potential for a hard race in the early stages, but Horner will not want to see the two Red Bull stars take one another out like they did in Azerbaijan. Vettel won all his championships with Red Bull from 2010-2013. Pierre Gasly will be taking Ricciardo's place in a promotion from Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso.

"It was a disgusting race, I really don't know what happened, I was just holding on trying to bring the vehicle home", he admitted. The two had a costly collision in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that knocked both cars out of the race.

"Where I am now, I don't see the point of doing the next two races", he said.

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