Verstappen makes F1 with 14th win of the season in Mexico GP 2022


Verstappen wins Mexico Grand Prix 2022

Max Verstappen claimed his 14th victory of the 2022 season in the Mexico City Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez, after an intriguing strategic battle played out at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

It secures another record for the Dutchman in his burgeoning career, as he now boasts the most wins in a single F1 campaign, moving one clear of the 13 achieved by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013).

Verstappen, whose Red Bull team opted for a soft-medium tyre strategy, took the chequered flag some 15 seconds clear of Hamilton, who was left to question why Mercedes swapped their starting set of mediums for hards.

Perez gave the home fans something to cheer about in third, having threatened to challenge Hamilton late on, while Russell – who lost out to his team mate at the start – took a distant fourth.

Russell was also unhappy with his strategy, repeatedly asking the Mercedes pit wall to stop again and ditch the hard tyres, which failed to bring the race back to the Silver Arrows in the closing stages.

Ferrari endured a lacklustre race as Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc claimed lonely P5 and P6 finishes, ahead of McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo, who charged his way seventh with soft tyres late on and kept the position despite a 10-second time penalty for a clash with Yuki Tsunoda.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Esteban Ocon placed eighth, after a painful late retirement for Alpine team mate Fernando Alonso, as the other McLaren of Lando Norris and Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas – not quite able to repeat his qualifying performance – completed the points.

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly picked up a five-second penalty for an early, aggressive move on Aston Martin rival Lance Stroll and ultimately missed out on a point by just half a second, with Alex Albon 12th for Williams.

Zhou Guanyu got his Alfa Romeo to the line ahead of Aston Martin pair Sebastian Vettel – sporting a touching tribute helmet to the late Dietrich Mateschitz – and Stroll, followed by the Haas cars of Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen.

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi was the final finisher, with the aforementioned Alonso grinding to a halt with an engine issue late on, and Tsunoda retiring after briefly going airborne in his collision with Ricciardo.


1 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 71 1:38:36.729 0
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 71 +15.186s 0
3 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 71 +18.097s 0
4 63 George Russell MERCEDES 71 +49.431s 0
5 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 71 +58.123s 0
6 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 71 +68.774s 0
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
8 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 70 +1 lap 0
9 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
10 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 70 +1 lap 0
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 70 +1 lap 0
12 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
13 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 70 +1 lap 0
14 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
15 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 70 +1 lap 0
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 70 +1 lap 0
18 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 69 +2 laps 0
19 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 63 DNF 0
NC 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 50 DNF 0

* Provisional results

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