Mexico | Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the Mexican GP on Sunday, the 18th.E Round 22 this season in the F1, and Britain, who finished second in the championship, increased their lead from 12 to 19 points over Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
Sergio Perez (Red Bull), the third, became the first Mexican to step on the podium in front of his home audience. Frenchman Pierre Gasley (Alpha Touri) and Monegask Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) complete the top 5.
For Verstappen, who is third on the grid after leader Valteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Hamilton, everything was decided at the outset.
Taking advantage of the aspiration provided by his ancestors to reach their level at the end of the first straight line, the Dutchman delayed his breaking as much as possible and took control from the first corner.
In the process, the low position Bottas was hit in the back by Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren). After the spin, Finst was at the end of the pack, away from the top 3 with Verstappen, Hamilton and Perez.
As the Red Bulls were very fast, the leader was able to quietly increase the distance.
It became even more complicated for Hamilton: with eleven laps left, Perez got his feet back in hopes of finishing second in the championship and scoring valuable points. But the Mexican did not succeed.
Another consolation to Britain was his colleague Botas, 15E, Verstappen lost the best lap point in the race.
Carlos Science Jr. (Ferrari) of Spain finished sixth, followed by German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Finnish Kimi Rకోikkనnen (Alfa Romeo), Fernando Alonso of Spain (Alpine) and Britain’s Lando Norris (McLaren).
German Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Japanese Yuki Sunoda (Alpha Touri) had to retire on the first lap after colliding with Frenchman Esteban Okan (Alpine).
F1 travels to Brazil, Interlagos, from next week, again on favorable ground, to Verstopen and Red Bull.
Forget about the weekend stroll
Lance Stroll could quickly forget the weekend Formula 1 that ended the race at 14 in Mexico in 2021.E Position.
Peloton was unable to move up to enter the Quebec driver’s points due to a penalty he received after making several changes to his propellant unit, starting from the back of the grid.
Stroll came into contact with the wall at the exit from the last turn of the track during Saturday’s qualifying to add to his toughest weekend.
His teammate Sebastian Vettel finished seventh in the event.
To return to the Maple Leaf spokesman, he gave two laps to event winner Dutchman Max Verstappen, who completed 71 laps of the Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome with a 16.555 second lead in his Red Bull car. His main rival at Mercedes is Louis Hamilton.
Crowd favorite Mexican Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s teammate with the Red Bulls, finished third just over a second behind Hamilton. Perez overtook the Mercedes driver at the end of the course and made one last attempt to complete the Red Bull double, but was unsuccessful.
Latifi is far behind
The other Canadian driver, Nicholas Latifi, like Stroll, gave Verstappen two laps. He finished at 17E Space.
Of the riders who completed the event, Latifi was only ahead of Russian Nikita Mazepin.
The F1 circus will now move to Brazil for 19E 22 races are scheduled on the calendar from November 12 to 14.
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