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2021 Mexico City Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Our feeling after last race is getting even stronger as Max Verstappen and Red Bull are firmly putting their foot down on this championship.

EVENT: It is no longer the Mexico Grand Prix. It is now the Mexico City Grand Prix. The reason is very simple -- money. Originally, the federal government was funding the sanctioning fee, so naturally they wanted it named after the country. Now, the city government and local businesses are putting up the money. So, it's the city which gets marketed.

TRACK: For all the enthusiasm of the crowd, and it is great enthusiasm, the track lacks a lot of enthusiasm.

QUALIFYING: Even as late as heading into Q3, nobody expected a Mercedes front row lockout -- something they had not achieved all season -- not even Mercedes themselves. Yet, that's exactly what they got as Red Bull totally failed when the chips were down.

RACE: This rapidly became a foregone conclusion. It was even quickly obvious strategy wasn't going to make a difference. The only excitement was when Perez was catching Hamilton in the final 10 laps for second place.

START: Verstappen plays the slipstream perfectly and confidently outbrakes everyone into the lead, Bottas is too conservative and pays for it when Ricciardo punts him into a spin, Tsunoda and Schumacher unknowingly take themselves out against a helpless Ocon, and Giovinazzi suddenly finds himself in sixth.

VERSTAPPEN: So calm. And refuses to even think about the championship while it's still going on.

PEREZ: The most celebrated third place in racing history.

RED BULL: All of a sudden, they are just one point behind Mercedes, as they look to unseat the dynasty in both championships.

HAMILTON: Lewis is putting on a brave face, but you know he's burning inside.

BOTTAS: The worst thing he could do was leave the outside -- the racing line -- open to a slipstreaming Verstappen at the start. And that's exactly what Valtteri did...

MERCEDES: They will have a lot of midnight oil burning over the next few weeks to try to catch back up.

GASLY: Back to having a great, complete weekend. From practice to qualifying to the race.

FERRARI: A solid performance leaped them over McLaren.

RAIKKONEN: Kimi still has some fight left in him.

RICCIARDO: No matter what happened during the race or pit stop timing, he and Bottas seemed to have a magnetic attraction to each other.

OCON: We have to chuckle. There's Esteban minding his own business, when not one but two drivers swerve into him, one on each side, almost simultaneously. Said drivers both get knocked out of the race, while Ocon goes on his merry way.

ROOKIES: The three rookies finished in the bottom three spots.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Olé.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 9 to 5 -- No, not work hours. The number of victories Verstappen has over Hamilton this year. Which is beginning to pay dividends in the point standings.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Much was made of Sergio Perez being the first Mexican to get a podium finish in his home country. The closest anyone got before was Pedro Rodriguez who finished fourth in the 1968 Mexican GP in a BRM, after qualifying 12th. He was just 0.44 seconds behind Jackie Oliver who started 14th. Graham Hill won, clinching the World Drivers' Championship, with Bruce McLaren in second. The top four were the only ones on the lead lap.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Within just a few green flag laps, Lewis Hamilton knew he was facing a hopeless cause, when he told his engineer, "Max is quick!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In typical Daniel Ricciardo fashion, he perfectly described the first lap situation, "For a few seconds it looked awesome and then it looked pretty un-awesome."

SCHEDULE: Further south they go into another fanatical fan base -- the Brazilians.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 71
2. Hamilton 71
3. Perez 71
4. Gasly 71
5. Leclerc 71
6. Sainz 70
7. Vettel 70
8. Raikkonen 70
9. Alonso 70
10. Norris 70
11. Giovinazzi 70
12. Ricciardo 70
13. Ocon 70
14. Stroll 69
15. Bottas 69
16. Russell 69
17. Latifi 69
18. Mazepin(R) 68
NC Schumacher(R) 0
NC Tsunoda(R) 0

Time of Race
1:38:39.086

Margin of Victory
16.555 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 4 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez

Fastest Race Lap
Valtteri Bottas

Pole Position
Valtteri Bottas

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 312.5
2. Hamilton 293.5
3. Bottas 185
4. Perez 165
5. Norris 150
6. Leclerc 138
7. Sainz 130.5
8. Ricciardo 105
9. Gasly 86
10. Alonso 60
11. Ocon 46
12. Vettel 42
13. Stroll 26
14. Tsunoda(R) 20
15. Russell 16
16. Raikkonen 10
17. Latifi 7
18. Giovinazzi 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 478.5
2. Red Bull 477.5
3. Ferrari 268.5
4. McLaren 255
5. Alpine 106
  AlphaTauri 106
7. Aston Martin 68
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 11
 
 

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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