God help me it is 5:50am on a Monday morning and I am awake and somewhat ready for the Mexican GP.
Make it worth the early start amigos!
LIGHTS OUT AND AWAY WE GO!!!
Lap 1: Rosberg leads through turn one and holds.
Puncture for Vettel after contact with Ricciardo.
Lap 2: Alonso retires in record time even for him.
Lap 3: Rosberg still leads from Hamilton, followed by Kvyat and Ricciardo then Bottas, Verstappen and Massa then Perez, Sainz and Hulkenburg.
Lap 9: Bottas pits, pulls the trigger of a bunch of other teams pitting and looks to set us up for a two stop race.
For the last eight laps cars have either been pitting or overtaking to get themselves back into race position.
Lap 17: Raikkonen asked to push as Ferrari believe he will be racing Kvyat at the end of the race. Aw yes.
Lap 18: Vettel is having a rough day at work as he spins off the track through the corners.
Lap 20: Sainz has overtaken Perez for 10th which won’t thrill the fans here today.
Lap 23: GOD DAMMIT KIMI WHY DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH BOTTAS? GOD DAMMIT BOTTAS DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE OUT MY DRIVER?
I wake up a 5:45am on a goddamn work day to watch this race, get all excited for my man Raikkonen to race for the podium and less than half way through it’s shot to shit. Fucking Finns.
10 laps of not a whole lot of anything.
Lap 34: Sainz locks up in a big way and goes all the way off the track and across the grass. Rejoins ahead of Perez but Sainz has to let him through to the utter joy of the crowd.
Lap 39: Vettel looks like he’s in second but he’s actually a lapped car so there’s that.
Lap 40: Vettel being shown blue flags to let Hamilton through. Doesn’t want to yield because he’s faster than him. Mate, that’s not how this works.
Lap 47: Rosberg pits? Team radio to Hamilton now confirms that they are in fact going with a different strategy.
Lap 48: Surprise, surprise Hamilton is arguing with the team about having to make the pit stop and was about 1 second away from ignoring the orders to steal (and I literally mean steal) first place from his teammate.
Lap 51: Ricciardo finally sails past Massa through the corners into 5th.
Perez takes 8th from Verstappen.
Oh shit Vettel has crashed and is out of the race. Bad day for Ferrari. Seb and Kimi shall now be referred to as the “Super Smash Bros.” for the sake of this race.
Lap 58: Safety car in, race restart and shit is gonna get real.
Rosberg holds his lead, Bottas moves on Kvyat and gets himself into 3rd.
Lap 59: Nasr is out of the race due to brake failure. Rosberg and Hamilton slide slightly off track but no change.
Lap 64: Close call to the wall for Maldonado. Narrowly avoided adding another crash to his tally.
Five laps to go!
Hamilton is definitely looking like he is on the charge to challenge Rosberg.
Last lap! Rosberg needs to keep his shit together for two more minutes and he can claim the top step of the podium…
…and Nico Rosberg has done it. The princess is queen for a day. First place ahead of Hamilton followed by Bottas in third.
Kvyat takes 4th, Ricciardo 5th, Massa 6th, Hulkenburg 7th, Perez 8th, Verstappen 9th and Grosjean 10th rounding out the points.
THEY HAVE SOMBREROS! Aw man that’s rad. I want one of those.
Nice one Mexico, that was nothing if not interesting and I’d say worth the sleep deprivation.