MEXICO CITY — Max Verstappen cut up the Ferrari entrance row of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the beginning to grab the lead of the Components One Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix by the primary nook, then drove off to his report sixteenth victory of the season on Sunday.
Pink Bull’s three-time season champion collected his third consecutive win on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and broke his personal season victories report set final 12 months.
Verstappen began from third and received from the identical spot as he did in 2021. Again then, he used the slingshot impact of the draft down the lengthy beginning straight to whip to the surface and move two vehicles. This time, Verstappen’s fast bolt off the beginning line allowed him to squeeze between the 2 Ferraris and into the lead.
He nonetheless had work to do. A tough crash by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on the midway level pressured the race right into a halt and a restart. Verstappen nailed that one as properly and was by no means threatened for the checkered flag.
Hamilton completed second Sunday. Leclerc was third.
Leclerc had began on pole place for the second consecutive race however once more failed to show it right into a win. In 22 profession begins from pole, Leclerc has received simply 4 instances.
House favourite Sergio Perez’s race was over shortly. The Mexican driver, who’s combating to hold on to second within the championship behind Verstappen, was taken out within the first nook when his automobile clipped tires with Leclerc and bounced excessive into the air.
The crackup silenced the large crowd that had greeted Perez with thunderous cheers on each lap all weekend. A lot of the group left after the crash. Most critically, it allowed Hamilton to shut a 39-point hole to Perez to only 20 with three races left.
Perez hasn’t received since April and hasn’t been on the rostrum within the final 5 races.