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Verstappen grabbed the lead from third on the grid after powering previous the Ferraris that had locked out the entrance row. His team-mate Sergio Perez tried to comply with him across the outdoors of the primary nook, however bounced off Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari and was pressured out of the race.

Verstappen was dominating the race earlier than Magnussen suffered a giant crash when his Haas’s rear suspension appeared to interrupt at Flip 8 and he shunted closely into the wall.

That successfully break up the race in two, however Verstappen resumed his domination after the restart, as MercedesLewis Hamilton labored his well beyond the Ferraris to complete a distant second, forward of Leclerc.

2023 F1 Mexico Grand Prix outcomes

How the 2023 F1 Mexico Grand Prix unfolded

Polesitter Leclerc led the cost to Flip 1 however a fast-starting Verstappen drove between the Ferraris that had locked out the entrance row.

The second Crimson Bull of residence hero Perez surged alongside the leaders on the skin line, to make it three-wide, however hit Leclerc as he turned in at Flip 1 and flew into the air. Perez made it again to the pits, however his automotive was too badly broken to proceed.

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Verstappen led the opening lap from Leclerc, who had entrance wing endplate harm, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri), Hamilton, Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and George Russell (Mercedes). Leclerc’s endplate flew off at Flip 1, inflicting a quick digital security automotive on lap 5.

Hamilton handed Ricciardo for fourth on lap 11, whereas Alex Albon (Williams) handed Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) for the ultimate points-paying place on lap 15.

Verstappen pitted from P1 on lap 20, rejoining on laborious tyres, permitting Leclerc to guide from Sainz and the close-following Hamilton.

Hamilton pitted for hards on lap 25, whereas Verstappen eased previous Sainz to take second on lap 29. Sainz stopped two laps later, rejoining nicely behind Hamilton, whereas Leclerc went a lap later and rejoined in second however 16s behind Verstappen.

Magnussen then suffered an enormous crash at Flip 8 on lap 35, as his rear suspension appeared to fail, which brought about a security automotive and despatched Verstappen into the pits for contemporary hards – simply earlier than the race was red-flagged.

The grid reformed, with a lot of the leaders on laborious tyres, within the order Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton (on mediums), Sainz, Ricciardo, Piastri (mediums) and Russell (mediums). Verstappen aced the getaway on the restart and sprinted clear, with the one mover close to the entrance of the sector being Russell, who handed Piastri and Ricciardo to seize fifth.

Hamilton handed Leclerc with a courageous transfer on the run in the direction of Flip 1 with 21 laps to go, by which period Verstappen was 2.6s forward and pulling away – regardless that he was on the tougher rubber.

Verstappen prolonged his result in beat Hamilton (who set the quickest lap on the ultimate tour) to the chequered flag by over 13s, as Leclerc completed a distant third from Sainz.

Additional again, Piastri and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) clashed twice over seventh in successive laps at Flip 1, their second contact ending with Tsunoda spinning right down to 16th.

McLaren’s Lando Norris began from seventeenth on smooth tyres and was as much as 10th by the restart however misplaced 4 spots in that. He battled again as much as eighth and McLaren switched locations with Piastri in an try to catch Ricciardo.

Norris did that and nipped forward of Ricciardo across the outdoors of Flip 4. He then chased down Russell and handed him at Flip 6 with 5 laps remaining in a glowing drive that netted him fifth.

Russell simply held off Ricciardo, forward of Piastri, Alex Albon (Williams) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) rounded out the factors scorers.

2023 F1 Mexico Grand Prix quickest laps

Cla Driver  Automobile / Engine   Time   Delay   Km/h 
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’21.334   190.503
1 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull/Honda RBPT 1’21.644 0.310 189.780
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’21.944 0.610 189.085
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’22.332 0.998 188.194
22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1’22.501 1.167 187.808
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1’22.539 1.205 187.722
3 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1’22.679 1.345 187.404
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1’22.760 1.426 187.220
23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1’22.773 1.439 187.191
10  63 George Russell Mercedes 1’22.780 1.446 187.175
11  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1’22.976 1.642 186.733
12  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1’23.003 1.669 186.672
13  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1’23.146 1.812 186.351
14  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’23.166 1.832 186.306
15  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1’23.222 1.888 186.181
16  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1’23.230 1.896 186.163
17  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’23.257 1.923 186.103
18  14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’23.531 2.197 185.492
19  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’23.567 2.233 185.412


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