By James Galloway
relive how Max Verstappen of Red Bull took the lead of the Mexico City GP, with Valtteri Bottas sent spiders back off pole
Max Verstappen assured himself of a dominant win in the Mexico City GP to take a potentially important win in to be quest to end Lewis Hamilton’s reign as… world champion, opening his title lead up to 19 points with four more races to go.
Hamilton just held off Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s team-measure, for second place against a noticeably faster race car but first and third still represented a big return result for Red Bull after being surprisingly beaten by Mercedes on Saturday.
Verstappen made light work of the Valtteri Bottas-Hamilton front row due to strong slipstreaming past both on the outside at the start, firmly claiming that lead he never gave up outside of the pit stops.
He won by 16.5s for An record third win in Mexico and a ninth win of a 2021 season where the momentum seems to be increasing with the 24-year-old Dutchman in his blockbuster fight with Hamilton for the drivers’ Crown.
“You just should congratulate Red Bull because their pace used to be on another level,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to Sky F1. “In the end for Lewis’ championship, it was damage control.”
Hamilton said: “Congratulations to Max, their” car is much better this weekend and we couldn’t help it.”
A closer look at a dramatic start to the Mexico City Grand Prix when Max Verstappen overtook both Mercedes drivers
To combine first-round is important for Mercedes, pole sitter Bottas was turned around in the first corner by Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren die him to the back of the field.
A later delay at his second pit stop later finally let the hapless Bottas . fall out of points statement, though one consolation for Mercedes was that position them in allowed anyway? complete an insignificant late pit stop for fresh tires for the fastest lap bonus point away from Verstappen.
Four more to go: how it is in the title hunts
|1) Max Verstappen||312.5|
|2) Lewis Hamilton||293.5|
|2) Red Bull||477.5|
Which also she told them of Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship, but the gap is down to a single point with races in Brazil, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are coming in the next five weeks.
Perez ran longer than Hamilton for his only pit stop but couldn’t quite count his tire advantage to secure Red Bull one-two. Nevertheless, with great pleasure of the huge local crowd, he became the first Mexican to finish on the stage with him home event in the 21 editions of the race.
Podium reactions from the top three as Max Verstappen took the win in Mexico City Ahead of Lewis Hamilton & home Favorite Sergio Perez.
Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri took a brilliant fourth lead of the Ferraris, who briefly switched their drivers leave on to try and apply pressure on the Frenchman in vain. Then they reversed the order back, meaning Charles Leclerc took fifth ahead of Carlos Sainz.
However, it was still a good day for the Scuderia as with Only McLaren to score one point with Lando Norris, who raced back good of a penalized 18th on the grid, the Italian team reclaim third in the constructors’ championship.
Mexico City GP results: Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
4) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri
5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
6) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
7) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
8) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
9) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
10) Lando Norris, McLaren
Full race result
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