Max Verstappen has moved 19 points clear in the Formula 1 title fight with four races to go after triumphing at the Mexican Grand Prix as local Sergio Perez claimed a podium.
The victory is Verstappen’s ninth this season, compared to Hamilton who has won five, managing only one Grand Prix win from the past eight.
Mercedes had out-qualified Red Bull but the latter was clearly the quicker in the race, with Verstappen dominant in victory, triumphing by almost 17 seconds.
Despite that, Verstappen insisted the title was not in sight yet.
“No, it’s a long way to go, but it’s of course looking good, but also it can turn around very quickly,” Verstappen said.
“I’m looking forward to Brazil. I have also good memories there. I don’t believe in momentum.
“So every single race we have to try and nail the details and we didn’t do that yesterday, so you know, things can go wrong very quickly or can go right.
“It’s going to be really tight and exciting to the end. This has always been a track (that is) really good for us so I expect Brazil not to be like it was today.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton conceded the Red Bull was quicker in Mexico but remained hopeful.
“They’ve had the fastest car most of the year so its not a surprise,” Hamilton said.
“I wish we were quicker this weekend but today we were a long way off, so I don’t really understand that, but well go back to the drawing board and try and come back next week stronger.”
The Brazilian Grand Prix takes place in Sao Paulo on Sunday, followed by season-ending races in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.