Rosberg wins in Mexico a week after title defeat

Sun Nov 1, 2015 6:55pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg won the Mexican Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday as Formula One made a lively return to the country after a 23-year absence.

The German's fourth victory of the year, and 12th of his career, ended team mate Lewis Hamilton's three-race winning streak with the Briton having to settle for second a week after securing his third title.

"This is really the best podium of the year, what a place to win" said Rosberg, addressing a cheering mass of more than 100,000 from a podium overlooking the stadium complex.

"Amazing day, great race," added the German, smiling again after bouncing back from the disappointment and controversy of Austin.

Both championships had already been decided, with Hamilton celebrating his third in Texas a week ago and dominant Mercedes retaining their constructors' crown in Russia last month.

Rosberg's win lifted him to second in the championship, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel failing to score after a crash that brought out the safety car on the 52nd of the 71 laps. The German was unhurt.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas finished third for Williams.

The last winner in Mexico before Sunday was Britain's Nigel Mansell, who now has the last corner named after him and conducted the podium interviews on Sunday, in 1992 when he was with Williams.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (C) of Germany celebrates between his teammate Lewis Hamilton (L) of Britain and Williams Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland after winning the Mexican F1 Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero