2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix highlights

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico




Max Verstappen scored a dominant victory at the 2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, taking the lead at the start of the race to finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton, as he sealed his fifth win at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – and his 16th victory of the season.

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Verstappen lined up in third but made a phenomenal start using the tow from pole-sitter Charles Leclerc as he took the lead into Turn 1. However, at the same corner, Leclerc collided with the fast-starting Sergio Perez, knocking the home favourite out of the race.

Leclerc was in second ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz when Kevin Magnussen crashed into the barrier at Turn 8 halfway through. The Dane was okay as he jumped out of the car, but the resulting damage to his car and the barrier forced the red flags to be waved.

At the subsequent restart, Verstappen kept a hold of the lead, with Hamilton – on the mediums – overtaking Leclerc for second a few laps later. The Briton held on to the position, with Leclerc taking the final spot on the podium ahead of Sainz.

Lando Norris had an outstanding recovery drive from 17th on the grid, as he overtook George Russell late in the affair to take fifth place. The Mercedes driver then held off the late charge of Daniel Ricciardo, who marked an impressive weekend for him and AlphaTauri to take seventh.

The other McLaren of Oscar Piastri survived a collision with Yuki Tsunoda to finish eighth. He took the chequered flag ahead of Alex Albon, who continued to impress for Williams, with Esteban Ocon overtaking Nico Hulkenberg late in the piece to take 10th for Alpine.

Pierre Gasly followed home his Alpine teammate in 11th, ahead of the AlphaTauri of Tsunoda – who recovered from his collision with Piastri to finish 12th – and the Haas of Hulkenberg.

Valtteri Bottas, who is under investigation for colliding with Stroll in the stadium section, finished 14th ahead of his Alfa Romeo teammate Zhou Guanyu in 15th – who was the last of the remaining runners.

Logan Sargeant retired on his final lap, and he was amongst five other drivers who failed to see the chequered flag. The others were Stroll, Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, and home favourite Perez.

Mario Isola, Motorsport Director, Pirelli:

As always, since Formula 1 returned to Mexico, the atmosphere at this race was amazing, despite the premature retirement of crowd favourite Sergio Perez. On the tyre front, we saw how track evolution and higher temperatures led to the C4 emerging as the most effective compound overall. That was particularly evident after the restart when those who went for the aggressive choice of fitting the Medium were able to make the most of it when they could attack with it without the lap times dropping off towards the end, as we saw with Hamilton and Norris, for example.

2023 formula 1 Mexican GP

Verstappen’s superiority meant he could choose what he wanted to do in terms of stops, and the Safety Car meant he made his second pit stop without losing position, given that his rivals were just making their scheduled stops. As is often the case with a driver on top form, luck seems to want to help him out still further.

How the race was won from the tyre point of view:

The race was run in the highest temperatures seen all weekend, the track being at 52 °C at the start, dropping to 45 °C at the end. As expected, almost all the drivers chose to start on the Medium tyre, the exceptions being Ocon (Hard), Albon (Hard) and Norris (Soft). Once the race had settled down after the battles shortly after the start, the first part of the race saw the drivers pay close attention to managing their tyres and cars. This applied to those who had definitely opted for a one-stop race as well as those keeping their options open to go for a two-stop, especially among the leaders.

2023 formula 1 Mexican GP

The Safety Car and the red flag that followed because of Magnussen’s crash made it more complicated to determine which would be the quickest strategy, also because the race was now practically divided into two parts. The track condition improved significantly compared to the start of the weekend, and this meant that the graining effect diminished progressively.

What’s next?

2023 formula 1 Mexican GP

The Sao Paulo Grand Prix takes place from 3 to 5 November at the famous Interlagos circuit. There the teams will have the choice of the following compounds: the C2 as P Zero White hard, the C3 as P Zero Yellow medium and the C4 as P Zero Red soft. The Brazilian weekend is also the final one of the season run to the Sprint format, with qualifying for the race on Friday afternoon and Saturday given over entirely to the Shootout and Sprint.

2023 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix Race Results

1.1Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull Racing1:35:21.36225466
DQ44Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+2.225s0201
2.4Lando NorrisGreat BritainMclaren Racing+10.730s18159
3.55Carlos SainzSpainScuderia Ferrari+15.134s15171
4.11Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull Racing +18.460s12240
DQ16Charles LeclercMonacoScuderia Ferrari+24.662s0151
5.63George RussellGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+24.999s10143
6.10Pierre GaslyFranceAlpine F1 Team+47.996s856
7.18Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin F1 Team+48.696s653
8.22Yuki TsunodaJapanScuderia AlphaTauri+74.385s58
9.45Alexander AlbonThailandWilliams Racing+86.714s225
10.2Logan SargeantUSAWilliams Racing+87.998s11
11.27Nico HulkenbergGermanyHaas F1 Team+89.904s09
12.77Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa Romeo F1 Team+98.601s010
13.24Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa Romeo F1 Team+1 lap06
14.20Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaas F1 Team+1 lap03
15.3Daniel RicciardoAustraliaScuderia AlphaTauri+1 lap00
NC14Fernando AlonsoSpainAston Martin F1 Team+49.032sDNF183
NC81Oscar PiastriAustraliaMcLaren Racing+4.833sDNF83
NC31Esteban OconFranceAlpine F1 Team+62.390sDNF44

2023 Constructor Standings

1.Red Bull Racing860
2.Mercedes-AMG F1 Team409
3.Scuderia Ferrari406
4.McLaren Racing302
5.Aston Martin F1 Team280
6.Alpine F1 Team120
7.Williams Racing28
8.Scuderia AlphaTauri25
8.Alfa Romeo Racing16
10.Haas F1 Team12

Here are the team-by-team highlights:

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