Verstappen, who is the reigning 2023 world champion, clinched his 16th win of the ongoing season, setting a new record in the annals of Formula 1. The previous record, also held by Verstappen, was 15 wins in a single season. This new achievement marks his second record-setting performance this year, following his earlier accomplishment of amassing 10 consecutive wins.
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Runner-up in the contest at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez was Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-Benz AMG, while Charles Leclerc of Ferrari secured the third position.
Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull Racing, was unfortunately involved in a crash during the opening lap. McLaren’s Lando Norris displayed a remarkable performance, finishing fifth after starting 17th on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo of AlphaTauri also showed noteworthy resilience, finishing in seventh place in only his second race since recovering from a wrist injury.
The race initially saw Charles Leclerc starting from the pole position, with his teammate Carlos Sainz beside him. Verstappen, who started behind the Ferraris, executed a brilliant maneuver, exploiting the slipstream to pass both Ferrari drivers and assume the lead by the first corner. Perez, who started fifth, attempted to overtake the Ferraris but collided with Leclerc, subsequently ending his race due to car damage.
Lewis Hamilton’s Performance in the 2023 Mexican Grand Prix
Verstappen initiated the process of increasing the gap between himself and his competitors. However, by lap 19, the condition of his tires had deteriorated significantly, prompting a pit stop that saw him rejoin the race in seventh place, behind George Russell of Mercedes. With new tires, Verstappen effortlessly overtook his competitors, regaining his leading position by lap 31 following Leclerc’s decision to pit.
The race seemed predetermined until Kevin Magnussen of Haas experienced a suspension failure, veering off the track and crashing into the barriers at Turn 8. This incident led to the deployment of the safety car and subsequently, another pit stop for Verstappen. The race was eventually red-flagged due to track debris and damaged barriers but resumed after a 20-minute delay with a standing start. Verstappen maintained his lead, while Leclerc struggled to hold off Hamilton, eventually losing the second position on lap 40 and failing to reclaim it.
Upon the conclusion of the weekend’s event, Verstappen’s insurmountable lead in the 2023 Drivers’ Championship extended to 491 points. Perez is in second place with 240 points, followed by Hamilton with 220. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing, already the champions for this year, have amassed 731 points. They are followed by Mercedes with 371 points and Ferrari with 349.
The subsequent event on the Formula 1 calendar is the Brazilian Grand Prix, slated for the upcoming weekend.
Full Results of the 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG +13.875 seconds
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +23.124 seconds
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +27.154 seconds
- Lando Norris, McLaren +33.266 seconds
- George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG +41.020 seconds
- Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri +41.570 seconds
- Oscar Piastri, McLaren +43.104 seconds
- Alexander Albon, Williams +48.573 seconds
- Esteban Ocon, Alpine +62.879 seconds
- Pierre Gasly, Alpine +66.208 seconds
- Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri +78.982 seconds
- Nico Hulkenberg, Haas +80.309 seconds
- Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo +81.676 seconds
- Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo +85.597 seconds
- Logan Sargeant, Williams – Did Not Finish (DNF)
- Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – DNF
- Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – DNF
- Kevin Magnussen, Haas – DNF
- Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – DNF
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
Who won the 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing emerged as the victor in the 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.
How many wins does this victory bring Max Verstappen to in the 2023 F1 season?
Who secured the second and third positions in this race?
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-Benz AMG secured the second position, while Charles Leclerc of Ferrari finished in third place.
Were there any significant incidents during the race?
Yes, there were several. Sergio Perez of Red Bull Racing crashed out on the first lap. Additionally, Kevin Magnussen of Haas experienced a suspension failure, leading to his crashing into the barriers and causing a safety car to be deployed.
Who displayed remarkable performances other than the winners?
Lando Norris of McLaren finished fifth despite starting 17th on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo of AlphaTauri also made a noteworthy finish, securing the seventh position in his second race after recovering from a wrist injury.
What impact did this race have on the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships?
Following this race, Max Verstappen’s lead in the 2023 Drivers’ Championship extended to 491 points. Sergio Perez remains in second place with 240 points and Lewis Hamilton is third with 220 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing continues to lead with 731 points, followed by Mercedes with 371 and Ferrari with 349.
What is the next race on the Formula 1 calendar?
The next race scheduled on the Formula 1 calendar is the Brazilian Grand Prix, which is slated for the upcoming weekend.
Were there any pit stops that significantly influenced the race?
Yes, Max Verstappen made a pit stop on lap 19 due to deteriorating tire conditions. He rejoined the race in seventh place but managed to regain his lead by lap 31. Later, a safety car deployment led him to make another pit stop.
Was the race interrupted for any reason?
Yes, the race was red-flagged due to debris on the track and damage to the barriers. The race resumed after a 20-minute delay with a standing start.
How did the pole-sitter, Charles Leclerc, fare in the race?
Charles Leclerc, who started the race from pole position, finished in third place. He struggled to hold off Lewis Hamilton and eventually lost the second position on lap 40.
More about 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
- Full Results of the 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
- Official Formula 1 Website
- Max Verstappen’s Racing Profile
- Lewis Hamilton’s Racing Profile
- Charles Leclerc’s Racing Profile
- Red Bull Racing Team Overview
- Mercedes-Benz AMG Team Overview
- Ferrari Team Overview
- 2023 F1 Season Schedule
- F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship Standings