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Verstappen takes Mexico Metropolis GP for sixteenth F1 win of season, breaking his personal file | CBC Sports activities Categorical Instances

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Max Verstappen cut up the Ferrari entrance row of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at first to grab the lead of the System One Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix by the primary nook, then drove off to his file sixteenth victory of the season on Sunday.

Purple Bull’s three-time season champion collected his third consecutive win on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and broke his personal season victories file set final yr.

Verstappen began from third and gained from the identical spot as he did in 2021. Again then, he used the slingshot impact of the draft down the lengthy beginning straight to whip to the surface and move two vehicles. This time, Verstappen’s fast bolt off the beginning line allowed him to squeeze between the 2 Ferraris and into the lead.

He nonetheless had work to do. A tough crash by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on the midway level pressured the race right into a halt and a restart. Verstappen nailed that one as effectively and was by no means threatened for the checkered flag.

The Dutch driver’s 51st profession win tied Alain Prost for fourth most in F1 historical past. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads with 103.

Hamilton completed second Sunday. Leclerc was third. Montreal’s Lance Stroll did not end.

Leclerc had began on pole place for the second consecutive race however once more failed to show it right into a win. In 22 profession begins from pole, Leclerc has gained simply 4 occasions.

Dwelling favorite Sergio Perez’s race was over shortly. The Mexican driver, who’s preventing to hold on to second within the championship behind Verstappen, was taken out within the first nook when his automotive clipped tires with Leclerc and bounced excessive into the air.

The crackup silenced the large crowd that had greeted Perez with thunderous cheers on each lap all weekend. A lot of the gang left after the crash. Most critically, it allowed Hamilton to shut a 39-point hole to Perez to only 20 with three races left.

Perez hasn’t gained since April and hasn’t been on the rostrum within the final 5 races.

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