Fittipaldi takes title lead with Mexico win
2 September 2017 – Lotus' Pietro Fittipaldi took a two-point lead in the drivers' standings with a lights-to-flag victory at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez ahead of title rival Matevos Isaakyan.
Following his ninth pole position of the season, Fittipaldi made a clean getaway to maintain the race lead ahead of the Teo Martín Motorsport pairing of Álex Palou and Konstantin Tereshchenko.
All leading drivers avoided a Turn 1 lunge from SMP Racing's Egor Orudzhev, who sailed up the inside of the front-running cars – avoiding all drivers – before skating across Turn 2 and into the barrier on the exit of Turn 3. He retired due to the damage and brought out the Safety Car.
After the restart, SMP Racing's Isaakyan – who had lost a place to Tereschenko – was forced to fight from fourth to second in a bid to maintain his pre-race championship lead.
He made light work of Tereschenko and passed his Russian compatriot at Turn 1 on lap three before gradually reeling in Palou.
It took until lap 18 for Isaakyan to pass Palou, which was decided after a five-corner duel. After attempts to pass around the outside of Turns 1 and 4, he completed the move on the inside of Turn 5, edging Palou wide on the exit of the corner.
However, Isaakyan was unable to catch Fittipaldi in the remaining laps and forced to settle for second place, ahead of Palou.
Tereschenko equalled his season-best result of fourth, with Force India development driver Alfonso Celis Jr. finishing in fifth place at his home race, in front of a distant René Binder (Lotus).
Yu Kanamaru extended his points-scoring run to eight races with seventh-place finish for RP Motorsport, with the second Fortec of Diego Menchaca claiming eighth place with a robust last-lap manoeuvre on Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport) at the stadium section. Giuseppe Cipriani was the final finisher.
1. Pietro Fittipaldi - 183 points
2. Matevos Isaakyan - 181 points
3. Alfonso Celis Jr. - 160 points