F1 Mexico Grand Prix Results: Verstappen Sets New Record with Latest Victory
Max Verstappen claims record-breaking 16th victory of the 2023 season, teammate Sergio Perez has home heartbreak, and Kevin Magnussen crashes.
In a thrilling Mexico Grand Prix, Max Verstappen secured his 16th victory of the 2023 season, breaking his own record for most wins in a single season. Starting in third place, Verstappen made a stunning start, overtaking both Ferraris and taking the lead. He then executed a two-stop strategy, taking advantage of a red flag caused by Kevin Magnussen's crash. Verstappen handled the standing restart with ease and crossed the finish line in first place.
Verstappen's win was his 51st in his career, tying him with Alain Prost for fourth on the all-time list. He is now just two wins behind Sebastian Vettel, another Red Bull legend. Since the start of 2022, Verstappen has won 31 races, which would place him seventh on the list of all-time Formula 1 winners.
In the battle for best-of-the-rest, Lewis Hamilton put on a remarkable recovery drive from sixth on the grid to finish ahead of Charles Leclerc. Hamilton made strategic overtakes and used a different tire strategy to pass Leclerc on the main straight.
Sergio Perez, a fan favorite in Mexico City, had a disappointing race. After a strong qualifying performance, Perez made an aggressive move on Leclerc, resulting in a collision that ended his race. Perez expressed his disappointment but defended his decision to take the risk.
Lando Norris of McLaren also had an impressive race, starting 17th on the grid and finishing in fifth place. Norris made several overtakes while managing his tires and power unit temperatures. His race engineer praised his performance as one of the best he has seen.
With Norris's fifth-place finish and Oscar Piastri's eighth-place finish, McLaren extended their lead over Aston Martin in the battle for fourth place in the Constructors' Championship.