Lewis Hamilton has moved to within touching distance of the 2019 Formula One Drivers’ Championship after winning the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had been in contention for the win but a slow pit-stop ultimately cost him, sliding to fourth.
The victory means Hamilton sits 74 points clear of second-placed Bottas on the overall standings with three races to go.
He is all but assured of the title, barring disaster and Bottas winning all three remaining races.
”I don’t mind, I love racing and I take it one race at a time,” Hamilton said when asked about having to wait to clinch the title.
Strategy was the key for Hamilton and Mercedes’ victory, pitting at the right times and finishing the race with his tyres struggling but managed through to the end.
Mercedes weren’t as quick as the Ferraris and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in qualifying but Hamilton got it right when it mattered.
“Today is an incredible result,” Hamilton said.
“We came here thinking we were on the back foot and it was a difficult race for us, but we pulled through.”
Hamilton can secure the title at the US Grand Prix in Texas on Sunday.
The 2019 season will conclude with the Brazilian Grand Prix (November 17) and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (December 1).