If anyone had any doubts about the maturity they reached Max Verstappen as to be the deserved owner of the 2021 title of the F1, the start he made in the Grand Prix of Mexico surely cleared them. Because that maneuver that allowed him to get to the front of the pack was worthy of a great champion. To that he added a career without errors that ended with his ninth win of the year and the 19th of his campaign.
After demonstrated by Mercedes Saturday, close competition was expected. Nevertheless, Verstappen himself was in charge of liquidating the lawsuit in the 16 seconds it took him to leave the third box of the grid and reach the front of the peloton beating the Finn's Black Arrows on the outside Valtteri Bottas, poleman; and English Lewis Hamilton, which completed the first row.
Quickly, the fight for victory was left with only two protagonists: Verstappen and Hamilton, the same ones who are battling for the crown. Bottas was left out of the fight in that first corner by a touch of the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren); while the local Czech Pérez (Red Bull) raced with the aim of subtracting points from Hamilton, which he did not achieve despite his tremendous performance that allowed him to get on the podium and give great joy to his fans.
The test, neutralized during the first five laps due to the abandonment of the Japanese Yuki tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and German Mick Schumacher (Haas) after they both touched with him French Esteban Ocon (Alpine), didn't have much choice, beyond Hamilton's intention to go out of his way to get close to Verstappen.
The Dutchman had everything under control and that was demonstrated with the 15 seconds advantage that he took from Hamilton after completing the 71 laps of the Aztec GP; a dominance that translates into an income of 19 points in favor of the Red Bull rider, who lost the fastest lap at the end thanks to Bottas wearing soft tires twice to get that honor from him and prevent him from adding a bit more.
The fight for fourth place was left to the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), who managed to outrun the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and to Spanish Carlos Sainzboth of Ferrari.
The tournament will continue next weekend with the Brazilian Grand Prix, which will feature the appeal of the sprint format that defines Sunday's starting grid with a Saturday race.
GRAND PRIZE OF MEXICO 2021
|POS.||PILOT||CAR||SALES.||TIME / dIF.||pts.|
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||1:38:39.086||25|
|3||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||+17.752s||15|
|7||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||70||+1 laps.||6|
|8||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 laps.||4|
|10||4||MCLAREN MERCEDES||70||+1 laps.||1|
|11||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 laps.||0|
|12||3||MCLAREN MERCEDES||70||+1 laps.||0|
|14||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||69||+2 laps.||0|
|16||63||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||69||+2 laps.||0|
|17||6||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||69||+2 laps.||0|
AVERAGE: 185,717 km / h. LAP RECORD: Bottas, on 69th, in 1m17s774 at 199,223 km / h.
|1||NED||RED BULL RACING HONDA||312.5|
|4||MEX||RED BULL RACING HONDA||165|
|12||GER||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||42|
|13||CAN||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||26|
|16||END||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||10|
|18||ITA||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1|
|2||RED BULL RACING HONDA||477.5|
|7||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||68|
|9||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||11|