Max Verstappen shines at the Mexican GP with a maneuver worthy of a champion

The Red Bull driver had a dream start and overtook the Mercedes at the first corner. Lewis Hamilton could do little and finished second.

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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.

VerstappenQuickly, 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.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Photo: Clive Mason / Getty Images.

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.

Max VerstappenThe 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. No. PILOT CAR SALES. TIME / dIF. pts.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 71 1:38:39.086 25
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 71 +16.555s 18
3 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 71 +17.752s 15
4 10 Pierre gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 71 +63.845s 12
5 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 71 +81.037s 10
6 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 70 +1 laps. 8
7 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 70 +1 laps. 6
8 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 70 +1 laps. 4
9 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE-RENAULT 70 +1 laps. 2
10 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 laps. 1
11 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 70 +1 laps. 0
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 laps. 0
13 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE-RENAULT 70 +1 laps. 0
14 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 69 +2 laps. 0
15 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 69 +2 laps. 0
16 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 69 +2 laps. 0
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 69 +2 laps. 0
18 9 Nikita mazepin HAAS-FERRARI 68 +3 laps. 0
NC 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS-FERRARI 0 DNF 0
NC 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 0 DNF 0

AVERAGE: 185,717 km / h. LAP RECORD: Bottas, on 69th, in 1m17s774 at 199,223 km / h.

PILOT CHAMPIONSHIP

pos. pilot born auto pts.
1 MaxVerstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 312.5
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 293.5
3 Valtteri Bottas END MERCEDES 185
4 Sergio Perez MEX RED BULL RACING HONDA 165
5 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN MERCEDES 150
6 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 138
7 Carlos Sainz ESP FERRARI 130.5
8 Daniel Ricciardo AUS MCLAREN MERCEDES 105
9 Pierre gasly FRA ALPHATAURI HONDA 86
10 Fernando Alonso ESP ALPINE-RENAULT 60
11 Esteban Or with FRA ALPINE-RENAULT 46
12 Sebastian Hag GER ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 42
13 Throw Stroll CAN ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 26
14 Yuki Tsunoda JPN ALPHATAURI HONDA 20
15 George Russell GBR WILLIAMS MERCEDES 16
16 Whom Raikkönen END ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 10
17 Nicholas Latifi CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 7
18 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1

BUILDERS CUP

POS. PILOT PTS.
1 MERCEDES 478.5
2 RED BULL RACING HONDA 477.5
3 FERRARI 268.5
4 MCLAREN MERCEDES 255
5 ALPINE-RENAULT 106
6 ALPHATAURI HONDA 106
7 ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 68
8 WILLIAMS MERCEDES 23
9 ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 11

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