Verstappen moves closer to the F1 world championship

MexicoSoon erasing the early advantage of the Mercedes duo, Max Verstappen won the race on Sunday, November 7, taking a big step towards the F1 world championship.

The ninth victory since the beginning of the season helps Verstappen create a 19-point gap when the season only has four stages left. The gap could have been even bigger had Valtteri Bottas not stripped the Red Bull driver’s fastest-lap at the end of the race after returning late for a tire change on lap 67. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez finished in the top three for the first time on the road. home race, thereby helping Red Bull to be only one point behind Mercedes.

Verstappen is aiming for his dream of winning the world championship.

Verstappen is aiming for his dream of winning the world championship.

After Mercedes won the first two starting positions after the qualifying round on Saturday afternoon, Verstappen was forced to prepare an early attack position if he did not want to wait for the opponent to stumble.

In the first seconds, the Mercedes duo competed fiercely, and Verstappen patiently hid behind the wind throughout the straight start. When the team reached Turn 1, the two W12s braked early while the Red Bull braked later and swerved to the optimal track in the outer half of the corner. Sandwiched between two cars, Bottas fell behind and collided with Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) in the back. Both cars were damaged and had to return to the pit early and then dropped to the last group. The safety car soon appeared at the first round when the car of Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) lay on the curb.

From a relatively favorable starting position, Hamilton was suddenly sandwiched between two RB13s, although he did not lose his position. Meanwhile, Bottas fell deep behind and struggled for half the race without being able to get past Ricciardo. After the car safely withdrew from the track at lap 4, Verstappen quickly accelerated and gradually widened the gap with Hamilton.

The amazing speed of the Dutch driver made many experts say that even if he did not surpass the Mercedes duo at the start, Verstappen would soon defeat Hamilton and Bottas in Mexico. Meanwhile, Hamilton was closely followed by Perez and forced to take the initiative to return to the pit early in round 29 to avoid being jumped by the opponent.

Before changing the tire, the Mercedes driver was nearly 10 seconds behind by Verstappen. Despite Hamilton returning to the pit to change the tire early, Red Bull kept Perez on the track for 11 more laps to keep the tire to attack at the end of the race. When the race had 11 laps left, Perez chased Hamilton closely and was only one second behind the British driver. However, despite being hindered by some cars, Hamilton was still able to hold Perez until the race ended.

Max Verstappen Wins Mexican Grand Prix

After the loss in Mexico, Hamilton said: “Red Bull’s car is so dominant at this race that we really can’t do anything about it. I just have to be satisfied with second place.”

Completing 71 laps in Mexico with a time of 1 hour 38 minutes 39,086 seconds and faster than the nearest opponent to 16,555 seconds, Verstappen had the best race since the beginning of the season. In the situation that Hamilton began to show signs of deterioration due to age, the Dutch driver was racing towards the final championship.

Mexican Grand Prix results

Rank

on one’s own

Racer

Team

Location

start

Number of tire changes

Fastest personal laptop

Achievements

Point

first

Verstappen

Red Bull

3

first

1 minute 18,999 seconds

1 hour 38 minutes

39,086 seconds

25

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

2

first

1:19,820

+16,555 seconds

18

3

Perez

Red Bull

4

first

1:19,468

+17,752

15

4

Gasly

AlphaTauri

5

first

1:20,510

+63.845

twelfth

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

8

first

1:20,665

+81.037

ten

6

Carlos Sainz Jnr

Ferrari

6

first

1:20,081

+1 round

8

7

Vettel

Aston Martin

9

first

1:20,460

+1 round

6

8

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo

ten

first

1:20,713

+1 round

4

9

Alonso

Alpine

twelfth

first

1:20,711

+1 round

2

ten

Norris

McLaren

18

first

1:20,617

+1 round

first

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo

11

first

1:21,523

+1 round

twelfth

Ricciardo

McLaren

7

2

1:21,069

+1 round

13

Ocon

Alpine

19

first

1:21,348

+1 round

14

Stroll

Aston Martin

20

2

1:20,930

+2 rounds

15

Bottas

Mercedes

first

4

1:17.774

+2 rounds

16

Russell

Williams

16

first

1:22,016

+2 rounds

17

Latifi

Williams

13

2

1:21,546

+2 rounds

18

Mazepin

Haas

15

2

1:21,402

+3 rounds

19

Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

17

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20

Schumacher

Haas

14

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+) Fastest-lap: 1 minute 17,774 seconds do Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) made in round 69.

Driver rankings after stage 18

Order

Racer

Team

Point

first

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

312.5

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

293.5

3

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

185

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

165

5

Lando Norris

McLaren

150

6

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

138

7

Carlos Sainz Jnr

Ferrari

130.5

8

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

105

9

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

eighty six

ten

Fernando Alonso

Alpine

60

11

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

forty six

twelfth

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

42

13

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

26

14

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

20

15

George Russell

Williams

16

16

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo

ten

17

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

7

18

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo

first

19

Mick Schumacher

Haas

20

Nikita Mazepin

Haas

Team rankings after stage 18

Order

Racing team

Point

first

Mercedes

478.5

2

Red Bull

477.5

3

McLaren

255

4

Ferrari

268.5

5

Alpine

106

6

AlphaTauri

106

7

Aston Martin

68

8

Williams

23

9

Alfa Romeo

11

ten

Haas

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