Max Verstappen continues his record-breaking season by surpassing his own achievement. In a commanding performance at Mexico, the Red Bull driver secured his 16th win this season, exceeding his previous record of 15 victories.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, Sergio Perez's race ended abruptly in a crash on the opening lap. Lewis Hamilton claimed the second spot on the podium, with Charles Leclerc finishing third.
A flag period, prompted by Kevin Magnussen's crash, briefly interrupted the race. However, Verstappen's flawless performance during the restart secured another comfortable victory.
Perez ends in a crash
Sergio Perez had a promising start from fifth on the grid, but it turned sour as he made contact with Leclerc while attempting to overtake the Ferrari at Turn 1. Although he managed to return to the pits, Red Bull couldn't repair the damage to his car, forcing him to retire from the race.
Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, seemed pleased with the updated Mercedes W14, even commenting on the radio that the "balance is great." On Lap 40, he successfully passed Leclerc on the way to Turn 1, securing second place.
2023 Formula 1 Championship Standings
Max Verstappen clinched the 2023 title in Qatar, leaving the fight for second place wide open. Sergio Perez currently maintains his grip on the second spot in the standings, but Lewis Hamilton is closing in, now only 20 points adrift with three races left.
The F1 circus now gears up for the upcoming race in Sao Paulo from November 3-5.
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