Mexico GP: First points finish since Hungary

A fantastic recovery drive from Fernando to finish 10th after starting 18th. It’s the first points finish for the Spaniard since the Hungarian GP.

“Overall it was a good race, considering we started at the back of the grid, and we finished in the points. The car felt very nice all weekend – strong in the corners, and we had good handling and good balance throughout the race.

“We lacked a little bit of straight-line speed to attack or defend, so we were stuck behind a Sauber for half of the race and then we could not pass Magnussen for many laps. As soon as we lost the DRS with him we became very vulnerable, so in the end I think there was nothing we could do to keep Lewis behind.

“We fought hard, trying to brake a little bit later every time and defend the position, but we couldn’t manage to keep ninth place and save that point. It was a good battle but it’s hard when you don’t have the same car.

“We now head to Brazil – let’s try to score some more points.”

Fernando’s great defensive drive against the fastest car on the grid.
Formula 1 2017 Mexico GP Race Results
# Driver Team Time Points
1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:36:26.552 25
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +19.678s 18
3. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +54.007s 15
4. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +70.078s 12
5. Esteban Ocon Force India +1 lap 10
6. Lance Stroll Williams +1 lap 8
7. Sergio Perez Force India +1 lap 6
8. Kevin Magnussen Haas +1 lap 4
9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1 lap 2
10. Fernando Alonso McLaren +1 lap 1