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Max Verstappen wins the Mexican GP and asserts himself in the leadership of Formula 1 | Other Sports | sports

Red Bull got the first and third places of the race, which was occupied by Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez, the first Aztec driver to get on the podium at the Mexican GP.

Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) confirmed as Formula 1 world championship leader this Sunday by winning the Mexican Grand Prix with authority, where he extended the advantage that he takes to the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), current world champion, who finished second.

Third place on the podium it was for him Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who for a few moments led the race to the delight of the local fans that packed the stands of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

The poleman Valtteri Bottas lost the privileged position a few meters after the start after the combination of a vertiginoso rebase the Verstappen with a twist with Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren).

With the triumph in Mexico City, Verstappen reached 312.5 points and moved away from Hamilton who is second with 293.5 points. Bottas did not add and stayed with 185 points and Pérez reduced his distance with respect to the Finn by reaching 165 and staying in fourth place.

After the start, Max Verstappen, who came third on the second row of the grid, He started the race determined to win it and before reaching the first lap he took first place from Bottas that on Saturday he took the pole position.

What’s more, the Dutch rider was faced with an ideal scenario moments later due to the touch that Ricciardo and Bottas had. The Australian lost the wing and fell from seventh to seventeenth.

Bottas went to eighteenth and last because almost simultaneously the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and the German Mick Schumacher (Haas) were left out after an impact between them in the first meters of the first lap.

As a result of these incidents, the predicted podium was set up: Verstappen as first, followed by Hamilton and with Czech Pérez as a third party.

The Mexican got into a close contest for second place with the BritishAnd by lap 34, in combination with his Dutch teammate’s first pit stop, Pérez took the lead with Verstappen second and Hamilton third.

It was on lap 41 that Perez pitted to replace his starting tires, then Verstappen took first place and Hamilton took second. The Dutchman won the race 16 seconds with 555 thousandths over Hamilton.

The fight for second place was fierce. Czech Pérez went hunting for Hamilton who knew how to keep his position until the end.

In the run-up to the race, Mexico as host showed a musical and multicolored show. Mariachis played traditional sounds that were adorned by colorful choreography.

A few moments before the start of the competition, planes of the Mexican Air Force crossed the sky above the racetrack, leaving behind smoke of colors of the Mexican flag: green, white and red. (D)