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Max Verstappen wins Mexico GP to increase 2021 F1 title lead | Autocar India

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Revealed On Nov 08, 2021 01:18:00 PM

Lewis Hamilton fended off a charging Sergio Perez to carry on to second place.

Max Verstappen cruised to victory on the Mexico Metropolis GP to additional consolidate his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton. Sergio Perez got here in third, turning into the primary ever Mexican driver to complete on the rostrum on residence soil.

  • Verstappen jumps each Mercedes drivers initially
  • Leads championship by 19 factors

Verstappen features floor

Mercedes’ sturdy displaying in qualifying didn’t translate right into a victory, with Verstappen sweeping across the exterior of each Mercedes drivers into the primary nook. Bottas was relegated to the very again of the pack after being spun round by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Out at entrance, Verstappen displayed sturdy tempo, and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than he put a sizeable hole between Hamilton and himself. It quickly grew to become clear that slightly than combating for victory, Hamilton’s actual battle can be with Perez for second place.

Verstappen went on to take a snug win – his ninth one this season – having not put a foot unsuitable throughout the entire race. Regardless of his latest string of wins, the Pink Bull Racing driver is conscious that even a small mistake might change the course of the championship. “It is a lengthy technique to go [in the championship], however it’s after all trying good. But additionally it could possibly flip round in a short time. I am trying ahead to Brazil, I even have good reminiscences there,” he mentioned.

Hamilton fends off Perez

After the pit stops, Perez made use of his more energizing tyres (which had been 11 laps newer than Hamilton’s) to steadily shut the hole. By lap 60 of 71, this hole was right down to only one second, and to make issues worse for Hamilton, Mercedes requested him to elevate and coast to assist with cooling. Nevertheless, the Briton was in a position to fend off a charging Perez to carry on to second place.

Pierre Gasly completed fourth, having gained a spot after Bottas’ earlier spin. He was adopted by the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen took seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Fernando Alonso completed ninth for Alpine after being hampered by a sluggish pit cease, whereas McLaren’s Lando Norris rounded out the highest 10, after ranging from 18th on the grid.

2021 F1 championship standings

With 4 extra races to go, Verstappen has prolonged his lead over Hamilton to 19 factors. Bottas’ lackluster race, which additionally noticed him endure a sluggish pit cease, left him unable to attain any factors. Because of this, Pink Bull are actually only one level behind Mercedes within the constructors’ championship.

Bottas did, nevertheless, handle to steal the quickest lap from Verstappen. Whereas it’s only a matter of 1 level, with a title at stake, each level issues.

Subsequent up is the Brazilian GP on November 12-14.

2021 Mexico GP outcomes

2021 Mexico GP outcomes
Pos Driver Workforce
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing
4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
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
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
15 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
16 George Russell Williams
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas
NC Mick Schumacher Haas
NC Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri

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