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Lewis Hamilton should have received a penalty, says Daniel Ricciardo

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Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix is certainly not one that will be remembered as a classic.

After an action-packed first lap, the race quietened down, with action seemingly only resuming in the final laps of the race.

Lewis Hamilton went on to claim victory, however fellow driver Daniel Ricciardo was not impressed with the Englishman’s start.

Hamilton, who started on pole in Mexico City, dominated the race from start to finish, picking up a 51st career win that draws him level with Alain Prost in second on the all-time list. 

His Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, remains in control of the World Championship, however, and with a 19 point lead over Hamilton, can secure the title with victory in Brazil in a fortnight’s time.

The real action, though, took place behind the Mercedes pair in the race for third. Max Verstappen crossed the line in third place after holding off Sebastian Vettel and Ricciardo.

However, Vettel was promoted to third place minutes before the podium after Verstappen picked up a five-second penalty for cutting the chicane at turn one and cutting the second corner.

The plot further thickened after Vettel was demoted to fifth place, behind both Red Bull drivers when he became the first driver punished under new rules for moving under braking.

It was Ricciardo who, therefore, took third place, though he was unhappy at how Hamilton had escaped punishment for cutting the chicane in the same way that Verstappen had.

“I don’t understand the start,” the Australian said. “How you can be leading the race, defend, lock your wheels and go off-track and still stay in the lead.

"I think Lewis deserved a penalty. I saw Max cut the chicane trying to defend Seb, he got a penalty, so I don’t know what was different with his move and Lewis’.

"For me, if you lock up and cut the corner, it’s a mistake and you have to pay the price.”

The 27-year-old was also unhappy after his scrap with Vettel.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love racing, I love racing hard, locking brakes and a bit of contact is fine but this whole moving under braking, like if you are going to defend, commit early.

"You don’t do it more than once when you’ve been out-foxed.”

The championship resumes in Brazil in a fortnight’s time, with Ricciardo all but securing a third place finish behind the two Mercedes drivers, with Vettel having to win both remaining races to have any chance of displacing him.

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