The Mercedes F1 team debriefs the Mexico City GP where once again Max Verstappen schooled Lewis Hamilton.
The race featured masterful tire management by Lewis Hamilton and a great team recovery.
Starting 3rd, Verstappen took the lead in turn 1 from both Ferraris ahead of him and drove a perfect race to school Lewis Hamilton once again by 13.875s. The gap would have been a lot more had the race not been red-flagged at half distance for a big wreck by Nico Hulkenberg.
When the weekend started poorly the team managed to turn it around, secure a podium place and travel to Brazil with a strong haul of points in their battle for P2 in the Constructors’ Championship.
Before a packed house crowd of 152,668 ticket-paying fans. Verstappen tied Alain Prost’s 51 F1 wins to move into a tie for 4th place on the all-time list, and his 16th win of the year is a record, breaking the record of 15 he also held.
“A big thank you to this incredible crowd, I love coming to this city,” said Hamilton, who was happy to get 2nd place points and fastest lap point.
“This is a great result considering we started sixth, it’s been a difficult couple of weeks and to bounce back from last week – well done to the team. I thought [the medium tires] wouldn’t last!”
2023 Mexico City GP Results – 71 Laps
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Oracle Red Bull Racing||+0.000s|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||+13.875s|
|3||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||+23.124s|
|4||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari||+27.154s|
|5||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||+33.266s|
|6||George Russell||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||+41.020s|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Scuderia AlphaTauri||+41.570s|
|8||Oscar Piastri||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||+43.104s|
|9||Alex Albon||THA||Williams Racing||+48.573s|
|10||Esteban Ocon||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||+62.879s|
|11||Pierre Gasly||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||+66.208s|
|13||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri||+78.982s|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||MoneyGram Haas F1 Team||+80.309s|
|14||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake||+80.597s|
|15||Zhou Guanyu||CHN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake||+81.676s|
|16||Logan Sargeant||USA||Williams Racing||+ 1 lap|
|17||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||+ 5 Laps|
|Fernando Alonso||ESP||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||DNF|
|Kevin Magnussen||DEN||MoneyGram Haas F1 Team||DNF|
|Sergio Perez||MEX||Oracle Red Bull Racing||DNF|