MEXICO Town — Max Verstappen stretched his direct about Lewis Hamilton in the System One particular time championship with a dominant victory Sunday at the Mexico Town Grand Prix, and Crimson Bull teammate Sergio Perez completed third to turn into the first Mexican driver to access the podium in the record of the race.
Verstappen, who began third just after struggling in qualifying, now leads Hamilton by 19 factors with four races left in the time. Hamilton completed 2nd and experienced to combat off Perez at the stop to hold on there.
Verstappen gained his ninth acquire of the time, 2nd in a row and third occupation victory in Mexico Town. The 24-calendar year-previous Dutchman is chasing his first occupation championship.
Hamilton is trying to find a report eighth title, together with the last four in a row. The British driver is at the moment tied with Michael Schumacher for most in F1 record.
Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas pulled a major surprise in qualifying when the Mercedes teammates gained their first front-row lockout of the time. Bottas was on pole, Hamilton 2nd and Verstappen and Perez in third and fourth.
Their gain failed to last via the first corner.
Verstappen bolted off his line at the start off and employed the slip stream guiding Bottas to snatch the direct into the first corner. Bottas, meanwhile, obtained tapped by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and his vehicle spun, dropping him to the back again.
That left Hamilton in a Crimson Bull sandwich: Verstappen in front and Perez suitable guiding, with Bottas no lengthier in play to aid him defend his situation.
And barely a third into the race, Verstappen was zooming off into the distance and Hamilton located himself in a desperate race with Perez to preserve the critical championship factors wanted to preserve Verstappen in just sight about the last month of the time.
The residence crowd roared when Perez briefly led just after Hamilton and Verstappen pitted for new tires. That designed him the first Mexican driver to direct the Mexico grand prix in race record. Perez gained a third straight podium complete for the first time in his occupation.