Where the race was won

Nico Rosberg led from start to finish, and his supremacy never looked in doubt. Some less kind observers might suggest that this is too little too late from the Mercedes driver who’s struggled to capitalise on his pole positions this season and been shunted firmly into the shade by his exuberant team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Still, he and his team will be pleased that he’s apparently ending the season strongly.
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Hamilton watch

3/5. Not the most exciting of races or the most dramatic or impressive of drives from the world champion. A bit of a comedown after last weekend, perhaps, but he made it round safely, occasionally giving his team-mate a little reminder that he was poised and ready to take advantage of any errors.

Pit radio exchange of the week

Relatively quiet over the radio this weekend, so the plaudits have to go to Hamilton. Normally both Mercedes drivers are more inclined to employ panic and temper as their chosen mode of delivering radio messages. This time round, Hamilton took a tip from Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen and tried some dry scorn when he was called in for a pit stop he didn’t think he needed. "Please check those tyres and let me know. I want some feedback." Presumably the full analysis is waiting for him in the garage now.

Move of the race

Kudos to Valtteri Bottas, readying himself behind the safety car to make a dart past Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat as soon as he was allowed, taking and holding on to third place. Good driving from him, quick-witted stuff; and he wasn’t even rattled after that collision with Raikkonen.

Tactical masterstroke

Those late calls for the second Mercedes pit stops were rather inspired, for all the puzzlement they caused at the time. The pair of them were on fresh tyres before the safety car and didn’t have to get caught up in any of the traffic taking advantage of the slower pace for a quick change.

Unsung hero

Hardly unsung, but Sergio Perez’s eighth place in his Force India delighted his compatriots in the crowd. The roar he got from the grandstand when he overtook Carlos Sainz was simply magnificent. There must have been a certain weight of expectation for him, driving in front of a partisan Mexican crowd, but he coped with it admirably.

Facepalm of the weekend

Sebastian Vettel, what WAS this performance? A clash with Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap, wobbly steering throughout, and concluding with a veer across into the wall. “I’m OK. I crashed. Sorry.” Something odd went on with that car this weekend, whether it was mechanical or driver error.

Star spotting

Fans of James Bond may well have been pleased to see Miss Moneypenny Naomie Harris, who seemed to be enjoying the race.
And after Mercedes’ lucha libre interlude earlier in the weekend, the theme continued as wrestling star Mistico was spotted with Toro Rosso.
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