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Verstappen takes report Mexican GP win | Autocar India

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Verstappen secured his 14th win of the 2022 season in Mexico, setting a brand new report for probably the most variety of wins in a single season.

Max Verstappen cruised to victory on the Mexican GP, setting a brand new report for probably the most variety of wins in a single F1 season. Lewis Hamilton was left questioning Mercedes’ tyre selection as he ended up ending a distant second, adopted by Sergio Perez.

  • Verstappen wins, 15.186 seconds from Hamilton
  • Perez strikes to second in drivers’ championship
  • Sainz, Leclerc end fifth and sixth

New F1 report for Verstappen

Pink Bull and Mercedes opted for 2 very completely different tyre methods for the race. Whereas Pink Bull put each its drivers on softs, each Mercedes drivers began the race on medium compounds. Verstappen made a clear getaway from pole place and remained firmly in management out at entrance to take a trouble-free win, over 15 seconds away from Hamilton.

Having collected his 14th race win this season, Verstappen – who wrapped up the 2022 F1 title in Japan – provides one other report to his identify. He strikes one away from Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s earlier report of 13 wins, and has two extra races this 12 months to additional add to that report. In fact, at 22 races, this 12 months’s calendar is for much longer than prior to now. The 2004 season comprised 18 races, whereas the 2013 season had 19 races.

“The tempo of the automobile was very nice; we needed to take care of our tyres as a result of [of the] very lengthy stint on the mediums, however we made it work. It’s been an unbelievable 12 months up to now. We’re positively having fun with it and we are going to attempt to go for extra,” Verstappen mentioned.

Mercedes’ Hamilton and George Russell have been unable to essentially mount a problem for victory, with each drivers complaining about lack of tempo on the onerous tyres they’d switched to. However, Hamilton did level out that the groups’ current updates “actually labored”.

Victory nonetheless eludes Hamilton this 12 months, and the 7-time world champion has simply two races left if he needs to take care of his report of successful a race in each season of his profession. Perez made it to the rostrum in entrance of his dwelling crowd. He was adopted by Russell, who pitted for mushy tyres with two laps to go; the transfer did assist him rating an additional level for setting the quickest lap.

Ferrari’s lacking tempo

One other massive speaking level of the race was Ferrari’s lack of tempo. Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc didn’t pose a risk to Mercedes and ended up ending fifth and sixth respectively, practically a minute behind Verstappen. This has additionally helped Perez transfer as much as second place within the drivers’ championship, 5 factors away from early title contender Leclerc.

Daniel Ricciardo overcame a 10-second time penalty for an early conflict with Yuki Tsunoda to complete seventh. He was adopted by Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris and Valtteri Bottas.

After per week off, F1 will head to Interlagos for the penultimate spherical of the season on November 13.

2022 Mexican GP outcomes

2022 Mexican GP outcomes
Pos Driver Group
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing
4 George Russell Mercedes
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Lando Norris McLaren
10 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
12 Alexander Albon Williams
13 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
16 Mick Schumacher Haas
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams
19 Fernando Alonso Alpine
NC Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri

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