Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix of Mexico and caused a mini preliminary decision in the title race. The Dutchman won ahead of his direct opponent Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and his RB teammates and local hero Sergio Perez.
From a German perspective Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel drove in seventh one a good result, Mick Schumacher (Haas) retired after an early collision from.
Verstappen celebrated his 19th Grand Prix victory in the premier class. Four races remaining, he is now 19 points ahead of Hamilton. I had an incredible speed, I could easily just focus on my race, said the Dutchman, who Hamilton distanced at the end by more than 16 seconds.
This car, defending champion Hamilton said, referring to the Red Bull, was simply overwhelming. I could not help it. After all, it has become even second place. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolf it looks like: Bull have today, circles. Can go to Mercedes, as Wolff P2 was Hamilton therefore been with regard to the World Cup. Mitigation Overall, it was for us a day to forget, the Austrians against Sky.
Nevertheless, Wolff was not satisfied especially with the launch of its pilot. That should not happen. We had two cars in front, he said. Nevertheless, we have opened the door for Verstappen to overtake both to the outside. Actually, the two Mercedes drivers wanted to work together.
Different was the atmosphere at the winner Red Bull. In Sky said Red Bull team boss Christian Corner that it was ironic that the poor qualifying ve even helped yesterday. Because he believed that it would have no chance in the front row at the start — as at the end instead Mercedes went. He was, incidentally, surprised that Verstappen got enough room to get past both Mercedes. Boats had acted very fair.
Mexico GP: Analysis
As previously feared Mercedes before the race, to the grid turned three for Verstappen to be not so bad. In the slipstream of Boats, the Dutch approach sucked, then moved to the outside and went with an extremely late braking maneuver at turn one on both Silver Arrows pilots over.
A braking mistake by McLaren s Daniel Riccardo made the horror start Boats perfect. With too much speed, the Australian crashed the Finn when starting on the first corner to the rear, with the Mercedes driver turned and until the end of the field fell. Also, Riccardo had to turn to the pits with a damaged front wing.
Further down the field, a crash caused, however, for an early first safety car phase. Alpine driver Esteban Icon was taken by Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Yuri Sunday (AlphaTauri) into the sandwich without dodge crashed three cars together. For Schumacher and Sunday that meant was the end of the race, Icon — albeit from the back and with damage to the front end — continue.
To prevent similar slipstream effect for Hamilton during the subsequent restart, Verstappen moved to the end of the SC phase early on the pace. Without problems the Dutch defended the top spot ahead of his British World Cup rivals.
Mexico GP: Verstappen dictated the pace
That should not change in the first stint. With impressive Pace took Verstappen at the top of its circle, after 15 laps the residue of Hamilton was on the RB-pilots already have five seconds after 25 he had grown to almost nine. Rather had to Hamilton in the rearview mirror look, as Verstappen teammate Perez aground late in the first stint on the Mercedes.
To prevent undercut the Mexican, Mercedes Hamilton thus took the first of the top pilots in round 30 for release into the pits. Four laps later, followed Verstappen, who was stranded on a group to be rounded pilots and had lost a subsequent tire change too much time.
Perez in the second Red Bull, however, came late to his mandatory pit stop. Ten laps after Hamilton turned the Mexicans for fresh tires from the pit lane. Accordingly, fast but also the steps that Perez had made. Within ten rounds of the connection to the Mercedes driver he succeeded.
However, an attack did not succeed more, partly because Hamilton benefited greatly from lapping that repeatedly gave him the opportunity to drive with open wings. Front drove Verstappen his victory safely home, Hamilton saved P2 before Perez.
Behind the trio Pierre Gaily (AlphaTauri) completed the race in fourth place, ahead of Charles Leclerc (5./Ferrari), Carlos Saint (6./Ferrari), Vettel (7./Aston Martin), Mimi Raikkonen (8./Alfa Romeo), Fernando Alonso (9./Alpine) and Land Norris (10./McLaren).
Mexico GP: Tire strategy
From Mercedes view, the start of the Mexico GPS could hardly have lost worse. On the one hand, stages conquered the lead in front of Hamilton, on the other, the silver arrows lost with the rotating boats of their tactical pressure medium against the Dutch. Rather, Hamilton was in the fight for the victory against stages and Perez on himself.
Red Bull should exploit this to the fullest. At Hamilton, it was early on that he could not go along the pace of stages at the top, with a fight between Hamilton and Perez around P2.
But instead of the expected and customary undercuts of the Mexican opposite the British, they decided at Red Bull for the opposite variant: the over cut. Tire whisperer Perez pulled his first stint extremely in the length to attack in the final spurt with fresher tires.
But that only worked conditionally. Although Perez flew into huge steps to the Mercedes pilots and showed ten laps from the end of the race in the rearview mirror of the British, but an attack designed as difficult. Twice, Perez appeared at the bump on curve one, but an attack remained.
Highlight of the race
That the start would become crucial, many experts and drivers agreed before the start of the race. Stitched that bravely bared. The Dutch came well from the stain, clever sucked in the wind shadow Boats and then presented a brake maneuver of the extra class in approaching on curve. A good 20 meters later than his Mercedes counterparty rose the RB pilot in the iron, nonetheless, he maneuvered his bodies outside the curve.
Top of the race: max stages
The Dutchman delivered one of the most impressive ideas of its F1 career on the Author Germans Rodriguez. With a strong start he conquered one thing and put the course on victory early on. In the course of the race, he dictated the pace at any time, none of the other pilots came only close to his Long run times. Quote Hamilton: It s just too fast for me today. Also, strong: Vettel and Alpha Pilot Mimi Raikkonen, both of which drove into the points.
Flop of the race: McLaren
As already at the USA GP two weeks ago, the papaya crew seemed to be missing the pace in the fight for the top 10. Land Norris catch-up hunted after his grid punishment as much more difficult than intended to turn out teammate Riccardo a good result with an avoidable crash in curve one specifically out of the window. The result: only one counter as well as the loss of designer course three to Ferrari.
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Formula 1: The World Cup rating after 18 out of 22 races
Place | Driver | Team | Points - 1 | Max stopped | Red Bull | 312.5 2 | Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 293.5 3 | Latter Boats | Mercedes | 185 4 | Sergio Perez | Red Bull | 165 5 | Land Norris | McLaren | 150 6 | Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | 138 7 | Carlos Saint | Ferrari | 130,5 8 | Daniel Riccardo | McLaren | 105 9 | Pierre Gaily | Alphatauri | 86 10 | Fernando Alonso | Alpine | 60
Constructor s rating:
Place | Team | Points - 1 | Mercedes | 478,5 2 | Red Bull | 477.5 3 | Ferrari | 268.5 4 | McLaren | 255 5 | Alpine | 106 6 | Alphatauri | 106 7 | Aston Martin | 68 8 | Williams | 23 9 | Alfa Romeo | 11 10 | Haas | 0
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