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Mexican Grand Prix || Formula 1 || Verstappen Gives An 'AX' To The World Cup In Mexico

The Dutchman signs his ninth victory of the season and takes a giant step in his fight for the title with Hamilton, second despite pressure from Pérez. Carlos Sainz has completed a solid race (6th) and Fernando Alonso has minimized damage after a bad weekend to finish in the points (9th).

There is a lot of World Cup left. Four great prizes of maximum intensity. But without a doubt today Max Verstappen has taken a giant step towards achieving his first Formula 1 title. The Dutch driver has won an overwhelming victory, the ninth of the season for him, at the Mexican Grand Prix and has reinforced his lead, now standing 19 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who was second. Sergio Pérez , with the stands of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, absolutely turned on him, has 'emptied' himself to try to catch up with Hamiltonin an agonizing end, but the Englishman has not given him a chance and Checo has had to settle for the 'bronze' and the reward of being the first Mexican rider to get on the podium in his country.

Exit with 'morbid'

After being surprised by the Mercedes in qualifying and placing third on the grid, behind Bottas and Hamilton, Verstappen's mission was to overtake Hamilton at the start. Toto Wolff had given the strategy a lot of thought. Ideally, Bottas would plug Max and help Lewis get away. With so many factors at stake and the precedents of Silverstone and Monza , the 'morbid' was served.

When the truth, Hamilton overtook Bottas in a brilliant start but the Finn lost sight of Verstappen at the crucial moment. The Dutchman found the 'gift' of Hamilton's slipstream and managed to reach the first stop in parallel with the two Mercedes, which he left behind in a risky maneuver.

Hamilton was in the wake of Max and Ricciardo hit Bottas's car, which spun causing great confusion, with accidents by Mick Schumacher and Tsunoda . The safety car took to the track before completing the first lap and when he retired, in the fourth, Verstappen put the 'direct' to escape.

Worst case scenario for Hamilton

With Bottas sunk in the tail of the peloton and Sergio Pérez stalking him in third place with Red Bull, Hamilton has encountered the worst possible scenario and in just ten laps he already gave up 5 seconds with the leader of the World Championship. Verstappen chained fast laps and the Autodromo de los Hermanos Rodríguez roared for the ' Checo ' to put pressure on Mercedes.

With a one-stop approach and waiting for the 'dance' to start in the pits, the difference between Verstappen and Hamilton was already approaching 10 seconds and the Englishman was the first to enter. A very fast pit-stop that has not contributed anything to the race. "My tires are fine," Max said on the radio , who managed the situation perfectly and stopped five laps later than his rival.

Pérez has stretched his stop to the maximum, on lap 40, to reach the final stage on tires 10 laps fresher than those of Hamilton. The Mexican, who at the home grand prix has had the impressive support of his compatriots, was looking to overcome the seven-time champion and achieve a historic Red Bull double. He has narrowly missed it as Hamilton, who is playing his eighth crown, has not given him a chance at a dramatic finish.

Carlos Sainz, sixth on the grid, has opted for the same strategy as 'Checo' and has delayed his 'pit stop' to the limit (43 laps) with the idea of ​​catching up with Leclerc in the particular pulse of the Ferrari men for fifth position, but neither the Madrilenian has been able to with his partner and has concluded sixth.

It was definitely not the day for Bottas, who after climbing to points positions, lost 11 seconds in a very slow stop by Mercedes. The collaboration of the Finn, who this season says goodbye to the team, has remained in a fast lap 'in extremis' (1.17.774), which has left Verstappen without it and has subtracted a point from the Dutch.

Fernando Alonso has minimized the damage in an Alpine low-performance weekend. After falling yesterday in Q1, the Asturian managed to finish 12th due to the number of penalties (5) among the pilots who have changed the power unit in Mexico. And after a lackluster start, he has managed to climb up to ninth position, to finish in the points zone and again ahead of his teammate Ocon.

Brazil, next stop

With Verstappen's second consecutive victory (third in Mexico for him), this time ahead of Hamilton and Pérez , the passionate pulse between the Red Bull Dutch and the Mercedes Briton will arrive more unbalanced at the Interlagos circuit, than the next week it will host the Brazilian Grand Prix with 'Mad Max' full of morals and consolidated at the head of the classification, now with 19 rental points.

CLASSIFICATION

Grand Prix of Mexico

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1:38'39"086

2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) a 16"555

3. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) at 17 "752

4. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) a 62"845

5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) a 81"037

6. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) to 1 lap

7. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) a 1 Vuelta

8. Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) from 1 Vuelta

9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) to 1 lap

10. Lando Norris (McLaren) to 1 lap

11. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1 lap

12. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) to 1 lap

13. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 1 lap

14. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) a 2 vueltas

15. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) to 2 laps

16. George Russell (Williams) a 2 vueltas

17. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) to 2 laps

18. Nikita Mazepin (Haas) to 3 laps  

Withdrawn: 

Mick Schumacher (Haas) Lap 1

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) Vuelta 1


This is how the World Cup goes: 

1. Max Verstappen (PB) 312,5

2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 293,5

3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 185

4. Sergio Pérez (MEX) 165

5. Land of Norris (GBR) 150

6. Charles Leclerc (MON) 138

7. Carlos Sainz (ESP) 130.5

8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 105

9. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 86

10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 60

11. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 46

12. Sebastian Vettel (ALE) 42

13. Lance Stroll (CAN)26

14. Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) 20

15. George Russell (GBR) 16

16. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) 10

17. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 7

18. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 1

19. Mick Schumacher (ALE) 0

20. Robert Kubica (POL) 0

21. Nikita Mazepin (RUS) 0

Equipment:

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

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