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Nico Rosberg holds aces over Lewis Hamilton ahead of Mexican Grand Prix

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Touch, speed, aggression, all tempered by pitch-perfect judgment of the briefest moments have defined some of the greatest drivers in Formula One but the latter, perhaps more so than in any sport, must sometimes ride pillion to blind luck. Both have been key factors in determining how the world championship title fight has evolved this season and one or the other will yet be key here in Mexico.

Mexican Grand Prix fans and passion lay foundations for long F1 future

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Mexico City is in the mood for a fiesta and clearly has no intention of doing it by half. That Formula One has arrived in town is impossible to miss – the posters, the promotion and the beaming local fans are all too obvious. Better still there is a buzz – a throbbing sense of excitement and anticipation that is unique to venues where passion for the sport far outweighs crass commercialism or political agendas.

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Lewis Hamilton has the speed but the F1 force is with Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton snared pole for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but there was still a glint of destiny in the eyes of Nico Rosberg. Hamilton’s celebrations were more subdued than normal. Rosberg is the overwhelming championship favourite – the German needs to finish in the top three to secure his first title, as he has a lead of 12 points going into the last race of the year.