Verstappen delivers another convincing display as F1 title draws closer with Mexico GP win over Lewis Hamilton

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Max Verstappen emphasised why he is the favourite for the 2021 Formula One world title with a dominant performance at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Starting third on the grid, the Dutchman launched off the line and quickly overtook the two Mercedes who had surprisingly topped Saturday’s qualifying. And he never looked back, beating Lewis Hamilton by a whopping 16 seconds.

Pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas could not contain Verstappen and was spun around at Turn 1 after being clipped by Daniel Ricciardo, ruining both drivers’ races and throwing the Mercs’ strategy out of the window.

Hamilton never looked like catching his title rival and now sits 19 points back in the overall standings, with only four races left starting with the Brazilian GP at Interlagos next weekend.

Home favourite Sergio Perez turned the screw on the Brit with a gutsy push for second, which Hamilton felt underlined the Red Bull advantage around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

He said post-race: “I gave it everything and I had a great fight with Sergio at the end, so I am pleased to get second.

“I have had the pressure many times before, so it was easy to hold on to second, but it just shows how fast their car is when Sergio is that close behind me and able to follow that closely.

“Congratulations to Max. Their car was faster than us this weekend so there was nothing we could do.”

Verstappen has now finished ahead of Hamilton at each of the last three races and leads by nine wins to five on the season.

Following their poor qualifying display, Red Bull were at the perfect track to perform a quick turnaround and the 24-year-old led after the long drag down to Turn 1.

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He said: "At the start it was all about just trying to brake as late as I could.

"I kept it on the track, I was first, and that is what made my race because I could focus on myself because we had the pace in the car."

Bottas was able to claim the fastest lap point after pitting twice for Soft tyres in the final laps, which keeps Mercedes ahead in the Constructors’ Championship by a single point.

Ferrari are up to third after Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished fifth and sixth respectively, behind Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri. They jumped McLaren after an awful weekend for the Woking team, who at least earned a point thanks to Lando Norris after his run from 18th to tenth.

The local fans were as raucous as ever and Perez, who became the first Mexican to ever lead the GP after briefly overtaking Verstappen due to his longer first stint, was treated to a hero’s reception at the podium.

He said: "Of course I wanted more, I wanted to get a one-two for the team but I didn't have a single chance to get through.”

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