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Max Verstappen wins Mexico City Grand Prix, extends F1 title lead

MEXICO City — Max Verstappen stretched his guide around Lewis Hamilton in the Components A person year championship with a dominant victory Sunday at the Mexico City Grand Prix, and Purple Bull teammate Sergio Perez completed third to become the initial Mexican driver to get to the podium in the record of the race.

Verstappen, who begun third just after struggling in qualifying, now sales opportunities Hamilton by 19 points with 4 races still left in the year. Hamilton completed second and had to combat off Perez at the end to keep on there.

Verstappen gained his ninth get of the year, second in a row and third job victory in Mexico City. The 24-calendar year-aged Dutchman is chasing his initial job championship.

Hamilton is searching for a file eighth title, such as the past 4 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 initial entrance-row lockout of the year. Bottas was on pole, Hamilton second and Verstappen and Perez in third and fourth.

Their edge did not past by the initial corner.

Verstappen bolted off his line at the start and used the slip stream guiding Bottas to snatch the guide into the initial corner. Bottas, meanwhile, acquired tapped by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and his automobile spun, dropping him to the back.

That still left Hamilton in a Purple Bull sandwich: Verstappen in entrance and Perez suitable guiding, with Bottas no extended in perform to help him protect his posture.

And scarcely a third into the race, Verstappen was zooming off into the distance and Hamilton identified himself in a determined race with Perez to maintain the crucial championship points desired to maintain Verstappen within just sight around the last thirty day period of the year.

The dwelling crowd roared when Perez briefly led just after Hamilton and Verstappen pitted for new tires. That created him the initial Mexican driver to guide the Mexico grand prix in race record. Perez gained a third straight podium complete for the initial time in his job.