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Mercedes unhappy with Max Verstappen at the Mexican Grand Prix

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The Mexican Grand Prix got off to some what of a dramatic start at the weekend when a number of different incidents occurred at the first corner.

The two Mercedes drivers, who qualified in positions 1 and 2 for the starting grid with Lewis Hamilton taking pole, got off to a good start with both men managing to hold their positions at the head of the field.

But as they approached turn one Hamilton locked his breaks up sending the car skidding across the track and onto the grass.

Fortunately for the British racing star his car was undamaged and he managed to regain control and return to the track still leading the race.

As a result of Hamilton's miscalculation of force on the break pedal, Nico Rosberg had to slow down which allowed third-placed Max Verstappen to move up alongside him, and as Rosberg initiated the turn the second- and third-placed drivers made contact, bouncing off one another's wheels.

Verstappen was not penalised for the incident, but the Belgian speedster was given a five second penalty later in the race for his driving while defending his position against Sebastian Vettel.

All three drivers were lucky to have escaped turn one without any major damage to their vehicles, but with there being so much at stake for Rosberg at such a crucial stage of the season, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes that Max Verstappen must learn from the incident.

Deserved penalty

In an interview published by Sky Sports News, Wolff said: "You could say that Max should have got a penalty for banging the wheels with the championship leader in Turn One and pushing him off the track.

"I think maybe the penalty he got at the end was a penalty for all the driving.

"As refreshing as it is and as ruthless as the great ones are, if you race the championship leader three races down to the end, wheel banging, this is not what should happen."

Victory for Lewis

Hamilton went on to win the Grand Prix with his teammate Rosberg finishing in second to give Mercedes the one-two.

However, Rosberg still leads the driver's championship with a 19-point advantage over second-placed Hamilton.

The conclusion of the Mexican Grand Prix means there are only two more events left on the 2016 F1 calendar from now until the end of the season.

Next up is the Brazilian Grand Prix which will take place on Sunday 13th November at Interlagos in Sao Paulo.

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