Mexico is one of the most electric tracks on the F1 calendar and promised to deliver yet another nail-biting race in the championship fight. Although Verstappen went into the race as the firm favourite, all eyes were on Perez to deliver at his home Grand Prix.
After an unexpected lead from Mercedes during qualifying, Red Bull quickly fought back to take their third consecutive double podium. The Mexico Grand Prix is one race we can safely say was won in the first corner.
Verstappen extends his lead to 19 points
After dominating free practice, Red Bull found themselves on the back foot during qualifying after a Mercedes front-row lockout. Their fortunes quickly changed after Verstappen sailed through the first corner with a late breaking to take the lead of the race. Just like the Dutch Grand Prix in September, Verstappen had a lonely race at the front.
After a masterful ride, Verstappen finished ahead of Hamilton with a 16.5-second lead as the Mercedes driver struggled to fight off Perez’s quick advance towards P2. Verstappen has now extended his lead in the Driver’s Championship to 19 Points ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Is Verstappen your championship winner? Get your hands on the 2021 Max Verstappen flatbrim cap before the final race.
Red Bull come within a point of Mercedes
There’s no denying that Perez struggled to find his feet at Red Bull during the start of the season. Mercedes have almost consistently led the Constructors’ Championship until now. After three back-to-back double podiums and a non-points finish for Bottas at Mexico, Red Bull are now within one point of Mercedes for the Constructors’ Championship.
Bottas had taken an unexpected pole position in Mexico before quickly losing position to Verstappen before being spun by Daniel Ricciardo on the way into turn 2. By the end of the safety car, Bottas found himself at the back of the field. The Finnish driver spent most of the race battling against Ricciardo outside the points before having to pit twice at the end of the race to take the fastest lap point from Verstappen.
Instead of fighting against Verstappen for the race lead, Hamilton found himself fighting the second Red Bull for most of the race. He managed to hold off the Mexican driver to take P2. A visibly disappointed Hamilton admitted that Mercedes was a “long way off” their title rivals during the race.
Perez makes history as a Mexicana driver
A driver’s home Grand Prix is always special. This race was the first home Grand Prix for Perez where he was in a car that could deliver him a podium win. He made history as the first Mexican driver to lead a lap of their home race after Max pitted while also being the first Mexican driver to stand on the podium for their home race.
Arguably, the real star of the show was Sergio Perez’s father during the emotional podium that was truly a family affair. Are you still riding high from the Mexican GP? You can add the 2021 Sergio Perez hooded sweatshirt to your collection.
Elsewhere on the grid
Pierre Gasly had another impressive race, finishing fourth after making up a position following Bottas’ lap one incident. The two Ferraris placed fifth and sixth to bring home crucial points in their battle with McLaren in the constructors. Former World-Champions Vettel, Raikkonen, and Alonso took P7, P8 and p9 respectively.
After a starting at 18th due to an engine penalty, McLaren’s Lando Norris finished P10. His teammate, Daniel Riccardo, finished in P12 after dropping from P7 following his incident with Bottas.
With Brazil right around the corner and the final race in Abu Dhabi only a few weeks away, there’s no denying this is proving to be one of the best F1 seasons yet. Whether you’re cheering on Mercedes or Red Bull, our range of F1 team merchandise is guaranteed that you’ll do it in style.