MEXICO CITY – Max Verstappen it has extended its lead Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship with a dominant victory on Sunday in Mexico City Grand Prix, And Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez finished third becoming the first Mexican driver to get on the podium in the history of the race.
Verstappen, who started third after struggling in qualifying, now leads Hamilton by 19 points four races to go. Hamilton finished second and had to fight Perez in the end to hold out.
Verstappen took his ninth win of the season, his second in a row and his third career win in Mexico City. The 24-year-old Dutchman is pursuing his first career championship.
Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas made a big surprise in qualifying when the Mercedes teammates earned their first front row block of the season. Bottas was on pole, Hamilton second and Verstappen and Perez in third and fourth.
Their lead didn’t last until the first corner.
Verstappen went off the track at the start and used the wake behind Bottas to snatch the lead at the first corner. Bottas, meanwhile, was caught by McLarenHere is Daniel Ricciardo and his car has spun, causing him to fall backwards.
Hamilton remained in a Red Bull sandwich: Verstappen in front and Perez right behind, with Bottas no longer in play to help him defend his position.
And just a third into the race, Verstappen was flying in the distance and Hamilton found himself in a desperate race with Perez to keep the championship critical points needed to keep Verstappen in sight during the final month of the season.
The home crowd roared as Perez drove briefly after Hamilton and Verstappen pitted for new tires. This made him the first Mexican driver to lead the Mexican Grand Prix in racing history. Perez took the third consecutive podium for the first time in his career.