Lewis Hamilton praised Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following his victory in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix that saw the German driver end a four-month win drought and become the first victor at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 23 years.
Formula 1 returned to Mexico for the first time since 1992 this weekend, and it was Rosberg who executed a near-perfect display en route to his fourth victory of the season.
One week on from his defeat in Austin, the German driver led all but four laps in Mexico City as he reclaimed second place in the drivers’ championship with two races to go.
Hamilton praised Rosberg for his performance, but could not resist mentioning the gust of wind that Rosberg blamed his late error in the United States Grand Prix on that cost him the race win seven days ago.
“Nico drove really well today, no mistakes, no gust of wind,” Hamilton said. “It was very difficult to follow here but what a crowd we had today, it was just incredible.
“I gave it my all, it was quite fun actually just to be able to push and not really have to be worrying about points or anything like that. Just go out and just race. That was one of the fun races for me.”
Hamilton was confirmed as the 2015 F1 world champion last time out in Austin, but denied that the lack of pressure had caused him to ease off in Mexico.
“Not at all. I was pushing the whole way it’s just that you can’t follow,” Hamilton said. “Soon as I’d get four, five, a few car lengths behind, just to lose the aero, and he had perfect aero so it was impossible to get close enough.
“I had good pace – but as soon as you get closer and closer and closer you lose all your downforce.”