F1 Grand Prix race results: Max Verstappen wins Mexican GP

Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on Sunday to extend his F1 World Championship points lead over runner-up Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

Verstappen took the lead from third on the grid at the first corner, as he outbraked both Mercedes cars. Poleman Valtteri Bottas was pushed into a spin by the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo at Turn 1 and dropped to the tail of the field.

Verstappen pulled away to win by over 16s from Hamilton, who pitted earlier than the Red Bulls. Sergio Perez stopped 11 laps later than Hamilton and closed right up in the final stages but had to settle for third.

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2021 Mexican Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Interval km/h Points
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
71 1:38'39.086 185.716 25
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
71 1:38'55.641 16.555 185.198 18
3 Mexico Sergio Perez
71 1:38'56.838 1.197 185.161 15
4 France Pierre Gasly
71 1:39'42.931 46.093 183.735 12
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc
71 1:40'00.123 17.192 183.208 10
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
70 1:38'41.516 1 Lap 183.024 8
7 Germany Sebastian Vettel
70 1:38'49.144 7.628 182.788 6
8 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
70 1:38'54.245 5.101 182.631 4
9 Spain Fernando Alonso
70 1:39'02.775 8.530 182.369 2
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris
70 1:39'05.312 2.537 182.291 1
11 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
70 1:39'40.085 34.773 181.231
12 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
70 1:39'40.975 0.890 181.204
13 France Esteban Ocon
70 1:39'52.459 11.484 180.857
14 Canada Lance Stroll
69 1:38'47.037 1 Lap 180.239
15 Finland Valtteri Bottas
69 1:39'12.019 24.982 179.482
16 United Kingdom George Russell
69 1:39'17.888 5.869 179.306
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi
69 1:39'32.376 14.488 178.871
18 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
68 1:39'26.403 1 Lap 176.453
Germany Mick Schumacher
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Japan Yuki Tsunoda
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How the Mexican Grand Prix unfolded

From pole position, Bottas led Hamilton on the charge to Turn 1, with Verstappen going to the outside, braking late and sweeping around them both.

Behind him, Bottas was spun around by Ricciardo, who lost his front wing, while in the pack Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Mick Schumacher (Haas) sandwiched the Alpine of Esteban Ocon and both flew up into the air and into retirement at Turn 2. Perez ran across the grass at Turn 1, but rejoined in third.

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, and George Russell, Williams FW43B, as Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, gets airborne at the start

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, and George Russell, Williams FW43B, as Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, gets airborne at the start

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The safety car was required to clear away the stranded cars. Verstappen led Hamilton, Perez, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) at the restart on Lap 5 – Sainz passing Giovinazzi for sixth at Turn 1.

Verstappen pulled well clear of Hamilton, who came under pressure from Perez before Lewis made his first pitstop on Lap 30.

Verstappen pitted several four laps later, promoting Perez to the lead – delighting the home crowd. Verstappen rejoined 7s ahead of Hamilton as the race hit half distance.

Perez pitted on Lap 41, rejoining 9s behind Hamilton but on tyres that were 11 laps fresher. Perez caught Hamilton going into the final 10 laps, and despite getting into DRS for a couple of laps, and one lunge into Turn 3 on the final lap, he wasn't even close to getting past and had to settle for third.

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Behind them, Ferrari switched the earlier-stopping Leclerc with Sainz, in a vain attempt to catch fourth-placed Gasly. But he failed, so they switched back with Leclerc taking fifth ahead of Sainz.

Sebastian Vettel drove an excellent race to finish seventh for Aston Martin, ahead of fellow world champions Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine). McLaren’s Lando Norris rounded out the top 10 from 18th on the grid.

Bottas got stuck behind Ricciardo, outside the top 10, and toiled until Lap 40 when Ricciardo made a second stop. Bottas pitted two laps later but suffered a 12s stop, dropping him to 15th, and he pitted again in an attempt to take away the fastest lap point away from Verstappen.

He achieved that on the very last lap, after stopping yet again for more soft tyres.

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2021 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 69 1'17.774 199.223
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 52 1'18.999 1.225 1.225 196.134
3 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 49 1'19.468 1.694 0.469 194.976
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 66 1'19.820 2.046 0.352 194.116
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 63 1'20.081 2.307 0.261 193.484
6 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 70 1'20.460 2.686 0.379 192.572
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 66 1'20.510 2.736 0.050 192.453
8 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 67 1'20.617 2.843 0.107 192.197
9 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 63 1'20.665 2.891 0.048 192.083
10 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 54 1'20.711 2.937 0.046 191.973
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 63 1'20.713 2.939 0.002 191.969
12 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 61 1'20.930 3.156 0.217 191.454
13 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 40 1'21.069 3.295 0.139 191.126
14 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 67 1'21.348 3.574 0.279 190.470
15 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 61 1'21.402 3.628 0.054 190.344
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 68 1'21.523 3.749 0.121 190.061
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 66 1'21.546 3.772 0.023 190.008
18 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 61 1'22.016 4.242 0.470 188.919

2021 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix tyre history

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3 4 5
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull M 36 H 38
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes M 32 H 42
3 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull M 43 H 31
4 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri M 34 H 40
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari M 35 H 41
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari M 47 H 28
7 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin M 36 H 37
8 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo M 35 H 38
9 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine M 39 H 31
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren M 47 H 26
11 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo M 20 H 54
12 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren M 4 H 37 M 34
13 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine S 14 H 56
14 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin M 14 H 22 M 37
15 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes M 6 H 39 M 23 S 7 S 5
16 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams M 15 H 54
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams M 11 H 38 M 22
18 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas M 13 H 45 M 10
Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas M 0
Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri S 3
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