Ironically, at the “home race” of his teammate Sergio Perez, the time had come – Max Verstappen broke another record in Formula 1. With his 14th victory in the current world championship, the Dutchman is now the sole record holder for the most racing successes in one season. So far, the reigning world champion has shared this record with two of the greatest of all time: Michael Schumacher, who won a sensational 13 of 18 races in a Ferrari in 2004, and Sebastian Vettel. The German also celebrated 13 GP wins in a 19-race season in 2013. “It’s just been an incredible year so far. The atmosphere here was incredible. We enjoy it and of course we want to achieve even more,” Verstappen said.

His record run was similar to previous successes this season. A strong start, flawless race and a good strategy from the bull box secured him an easy record win, which was rounded off perfectly by local hero Perez’s strong third place – much to the delight of the frenetic crowd in the stands. With 395,000 spectators over the entire race weekend, the fans set a new record at the Mexican Grand Prix. “I did my best, but unfortunately I couldn’t do more than third place. This podium in front of such an audience is really great and the fans are incredible,” said the local hero in front of a singing crowd.

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The jubilation at Red Bull was as loud as the disappointment at Mercedes. The “Silver Arrows” had calculated that they had a good chance of winning their first game this year. Both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell put in strong performances throughout the race weekend. The car also presented itself from its better side in the Mexican altitude. “It was a great weekend for us and we were really close in the first stint. But then the Red Bulls were too fast and also had the better strategy,” explained Hamilton, who showed his true greatness in the interview immediately after the end of the race when he was booed by thousands of spectators. “I’m enjoying it here despite the boos and love Mexico. Congratulations to Max!” Second place was a consolation for him and teammate Russell still secured the fastest race lap. It seems once again that Mercedes will overtake Ferrari at the end of the season.

In Mexico, the Scuderia didn’t get going at all. Carlos Sainz finished fifth, Charles Leclerc finished sixth on his 100th GP start, which also cost him second place in the drivers’ championship in favor of “Checo” Perez.

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