F1: Hamilton wins Mexican GP but must wait to claim sixth title

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Lewis Hamilton’s quest to clinch his sixth Formula One World Championship will go on to next weekend’s United States Grand Prix, despite an impressive victory by the Mercedes driver in Mexico City Sunday.

After appearing out of contention early on in the 71-lap event at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, Hamilton came in to pit eight laps later than race polesitter Charles Leclerc, and 14 laps before Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel.

With Leclerc having to come back into the pits later in the race, Hamilton assumed the lead for the first time.

Though he was racing with wearing tires, Hamilton was able to maintain his lead through the checkered flag.

However, despite winning for the 10th time this season, Hamilton still was unable to clinch the 2019 championship.

Vettel finished the race in the second position, and it was Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas who finished third, which kept Bottas in mathematical contention for the title for at least another week.

But with another race victory to his name, Hamilton didn’t seem to mind the extension to his title wait.

“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!”

The British driver now needs to finish eighth or better next weekend in Austin to officially become the World Champion.

Further down the finishing results, Leclerc ended the race in fourth position.

Red Bull teammates Alexander Albon and Max Verstappen finished in the fifth and sixth positions, while local favorite Sergio Perez finished seventh for Racing Point.

Daniel Riccardo, Pierre Gasly, and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Full race results are below. The United States Grand Prix will take place on November 3 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

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Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.