Verstappen confidently passed pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel into Turn 1 at the start, escaping contact with the Ferrari driver to continue and dominate the race at Mexico City.
Vettel had suffered minor front wing damage following the minor contacts with Max, and Hamilton got ahead of the Ferrari through Turn 2. Vettel under-steer and made contact into the right-rear tyre of Hamilton on the exit of Turn 3, further damaging his own wing and giving Hamilton a puncture.
Both Vettel and Hamilton were forced to send right to the back of the field after both drivers made pitstops to make replacements to their cars – right wing for Vettel and rear tyre for Hamilton.
Vettel recovered to fourth place to cut Hamilton’s championship lead to 56-points, there are only 50 remaining in the final two races, meaning Hamilton won the championship despite only battling back to ninth.
Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen managed to finish second and third respectively, Force India’s Esteban Ocon equaled his best-ever F1 result with fifth, ahead of Williams F1’s Lance Stroll. Local hero Sergio Perez made seventh for Force India and Haas F1 speedy Kevin Magnussen set ninth and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in P10.
Race-winner Max Verstappen: “The start was very crucial. I went around the outside and that worked out well.
“After that I was just managing the tyres and the car performed brilliantly in the race.
“After last week this is the perfect race. It was cruising. It was good to see [Lewis and Seb touching] and after that I just pulled away.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “The initial start wasn’t too bad but all the guys behind got a massive tow and I was left alone.
“I had some patience and once the guys in front stopped we had enough speed to improve.”
Valtteri Bottas: “First of all a big congratulations to Lewis and a massive congratulations to our team for winning both titles.
“Red Bull were too quick today.”