Sebastian Vettel set a new lap record during the Mexican Grand Prix with a time which would almost have been quick enough for pole position in last year’s race.
Vettel’s 1’18.785 was 1.7 seconds quicker than the previous lap record and just a few hundredths off Lewis Hamilton’s 2016 pole position time.
Both drivers were left on the back foot following their first-lap clash and pit stops. Vettel made good progress but the extra pace he needed to catch up to the likes of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas was simply achievable. Hamilton lost more time in the incident and suffered greater damage, putting him at an even bigger disadvantage.
Verstappen took a shot at setting the fastest lap late in the race but Vettel took it off him with three laps to go. But it was the smallest of consolations on the day the world championship finally got away from him.
2017 Mexican Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2017 Mexican Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’18.892||0.107||65|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’19.929||1.144||54|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’20.859||2.074||70|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1’20.946||2.161||67|
|15||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Renault||1’21.360||2.575||34|
|19||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’22.572||3.787||28|
|20||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’22.789||4.004||4|