F1: 'The auto is cursed' - Ricciardo vents after second-straight DNF

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Lewis Hamilton sealed his fifth world championship on Sunday following an incident-packed Mexican Grand Prix.

"The frustration for us as a Team is that we didn't have both drivers on the podium".

After a brief bid for the lead Sunday, Hamilton had a scary run off the track late.

Lewis Hamilton raced to a fourth place finish in Mexico City which stood as enough to secure the fifth F1 world championship of his career.

He was also the victor of this race when Hamilton clinched his fourth world title in 2017.

Instead, this was simply a professional job by a driver at the peak of his powers. He said he was in such shock he couldn't believe it, and produced an epic one liner in his post race interview.

"A very, very surreal moment", Hamilton said of his championship.

The 33-year-old Briton, who will win his fifth drivers' title if he outscores the German by five points, or if Vettel fails to win, said he wants to avoid a repeat of their collision on last year's opening lap.

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Daniel Ricciardo were in a league of their own in qualifying while the Dutchman ran away with the race on Sunday, powered by an engine perfectly tuned to the venue's high altitude challenging conditions, and complemented by an equally well set-up RB14 chassis. Indeed, it may provide him with the confidence he needs to get out of his current malaise. Vettel was set to turn pole into his third win until a rash passing move on Valterri Bottas resulted in his Ferrari locking up.

How he responds in 2019 could now define his legacy.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, meaning the constructors' championship remained open at least until the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks' time with Mercedes' lead trimmed.

What a difference a day makes.

The Australian's rollercoaster year was marred by drama stemming from the relentless engine issues that frayed his relationship with Red Bull and ultimately contributed to his departure for opponent Renault. I did pay attention in maths so I knew the numbers! I'm not superstitious or any of this bull--, but the car's cursed. "I'm done with it".

Following his second win of the season at the Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen has put his impressive form in the second half of the season down to following some advice from his father - Jos - used to give him during his karting days as a youngster.

"It's fantastic. He can really try to become statistically the best of all-time, which is unreal, but it is a possibility, and I'm sure he's going to be motivated by that". Hamilton wrapped up the season with two races left. For the second consecutive year, he fended off a strong challenge from Ferrari in a season when even Hamilton had to admit the Italian team often had the stronger vehicle. Another race, another scooter ride back to the paddock...