Max Verstappen will be hoping to win his third consecutive Grand Prix in Mexico, after being forced to retire in the last GP at the Suzuka Circuit.
Mercedes secured the constructors’ championship in Japan as a result of Valtteri Bottas’ win in the Asian region. A great start from the Finnish driver proved to be vital for Mercedes with Sebastian Vettel on pole position at the start of the race.
Lewis Hamilton will move closer to winning another world title if he gets on to the podium again in Mexico. His win here in 2016 will give him a lot of confidence. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this year’s Grand Prix in Mexico City.
What? Mexican Grand Prix
Where? Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
When? Sunday 27th October (19:10)
PREVIOUS MEXICAN GP WINNERS?
2018 – Max Verstappen
2017 – Max Verstappen
2016 – Lewis Hamilton
2015 – Nico Rosberg
1992 – Nigel Mansell
LAST GP REVIEW: JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
There was drama right from the very start of the Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas overtaking the two Ferrari cars to lead the race, whilst Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen were involved in a first lap incident. The latter came off the worst, falling to the back of the standings.
Leclerc also suffered damage and came in to the pit lane on the fourth lap. Shortly before this, Hamilton’s wing mirror was struck by a loose part that came off of the Ferrari driver’s car. This left Lewis Hamilton incensed that Leclerc hadn’t been given a warning flag.
Verstappen was also angry, after being told that the incident between him and Charles Leclerc may not be investigated. Alex Albon and Lando Norris collided shortly after, after a very aggressive move from the Red Bull driver that forced Norris off the track.
After just 15 laps, Max Verstappen had to retire after the earlier incident in the first lap of the Grand Prix. Vettel suffered a minor blow a couple of laps later, when a below-par 3.3 second pit stop put the German on the back foot. Valtteri Bottas’ pit stop in the eighteenth lap allowed team mate Lewis Hamilton to take the lead temporarily. Despite this, Bottas did join the race again in 2nd place which put Mercedes in great shape at that point in the race.
Hamilton’s pit stop in the 22nd lap was the perfect opportunity for Vettel and Albon to make gains on Mercedes. Although Vettel did get past Hamilton, Red Bull’s Alex Albon didn’t manage to. At this point, Bottas was firmly in control in 1st place in the 30th lap. Just before this, Leclerc changed to a soft tyre to try and work his way up the order after being heavily affected by the Verstappen incident in the first lap.
Bottas made another pit stop in the 37th lap and came out in second place just behind Hamilton again. Although Hamilton was cruising in first position, he was expected to make another pit stop before the end of the race. His stop in the 43rd lap put him back in 3rd place behind Vettel and ahead of Albon, a position where he would finish the GP.
Meanwhile, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg both made gains and secured points for their team. At the front of the pack, Vettel and Hamilton were in a fierce battle for second place, with Hamilton on the soft tyre. Despite Hamilton being on the front foot, Vettel managed to hold on to second position. Valtteri Bottas got over the line to win yet another GP for Mercedes.
1st – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2nd – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
3rd – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
4th – Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
5th – Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
6th – Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
7th – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
8th – Pierre Gasly (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
9th – Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
10th – Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
11th – Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
12th – Daniil Kvyat (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
13th – Lando Norris (McLaren)
14th – Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
15th – Romain Grosjean (Haas)
16th – Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
17th – Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
18th – George Russell (Williams)
19th – Robert Kubica (Williams)
DNF – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
REMAINING GRAND PRIX 2019 EVENTS:
3rd November – US Grand Prix, Texas
17th November – Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo
1st December – Abu Dhabi GP