Max Verstappen Dominates Mexican Grand Prix


Max Verstappen Dominates Mexican Grand Prix

Yesterday, the story of the day was what Max Verstappen could not do. Verstappen was the pre-race favorite for pole and the win, but he slowed on his fast lap when he saw Yuki Tsunoda go off track and teammate Sergio Perez follow, both immediately ahead of him. He instead started third, making his day much harder.

That challenge lasted one corner.

While Lewis Hamilton was trying to clear teammate Valtteri Bottas from half a car-length ahead, Verstappen used a great start to jump to Hamilton’s outside and turn his momentum into a narrow lead into turn 1. He dove onto the brakes late, took the lead, and never looked back.

Verstappen won today’s race by a comfortable margin, a dominance that looked effortless from the moment he took the lead. The Red Bull had a clear pace advantage this weekend, yes, but Verstappen’s perfect execution ahead of Hamilton left no questions about strategy and opportunity for Mercedes to steal a win. It left Hamilton instead in a long battle for second with Sergio Perez, who climbed to third after the pole-sitting Valtteri Bottas spun on the opening lap and conserved his tires long enough to find himself catching Hamilton in the final 20 laps.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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