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Formula 1 in Mexico: Verstappen pulls away, trouble with Bottas

Was that a small preliminary decision in the world championship fight? Max Verstappen also wins in Mexico and extends his lead in the world championship. While the Red Bull driver and his teammate Sergio Perez are being carried through the stadium in their hands and cheering with the Mexican flag in front of the frenetic fans, opponents Mercedes have their heads hanging – and also the house blessing a bit crooked.
The reason is the lost start: “I tried to hold the Red Bull behind me in my rear-view mirror and thought Valtteri (Bottas; d. Red.) Would do the same. He obviously left the door open for Max. He was on the Racing line, was therefore able to do a mega job on the brakes in turn one. For me there was no hope on the dirty inside, “said Hamilton, criticizing his otherwise loyal follower.

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While Verstappen and Hamilton pass Bottas, the Finn is turned around by Daniel Ricciardo in turn one and only crosses the finish line in 15th place. After the race, whipping boy Bottas has to report to Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff. The Viennese are also not very enthusiastic: “It’s annoying that we maybe made it a little too easy for them today. I think it could have been defended better,” said Wolff at the start.

“Everything went wrong there that can go wrong. It was also unfortunate because Lewis had a slightly better start than Valtteri: That meant they drove next to each other instead of in the slipstream, which wasn’t ideal. But Valtteri should have orientated himself a little further to the left.” , thinks Wolff.

Verstappen: winner in Mexico – and soon also world champion?

Sky expert Timo Glock also attributes Bottas’ lack of bite to the Finn’s Mercedes departure at the end of the season. The German says: “We know he’s leaving the team. You may not always be able to rely on support. Sergio Perez, on the other hand, is allowed to stay with Red Bull, it looks a little different.”

A theory that Wolff doesn’t support: “I don’t think so. Otherwise Valtteri won’t drive a lap like yesterday (to pole in qualifying; d. Ed.)”, Comments the Mercedes sports director. Bottas managed at least a bit of damage limitation on Sunday: In the very last lap he prevented Verstappen from scoring an extra point with the fastest race lap.

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In the World Cup, things are still looking better for the Dutchman. If Verstappen also wins the next race in Brazil, he will have at least 25 points and thus one race win. Then second places in the last three races of the season in the Middle East would be enough for him to win the title. But the Red Bull star does not want to deal with such arithmetic games: “I’m not starting to dream now. We have to fight on to Abu Dhabi,” says Verstappen.
“Of course, things are looking pretty good at the moment, but there is still a long way to go. So it can turn around quickly,” believes the World Cup leader. For many experts in the paddock, however, the triumph in Mexico is trend-setting. Franz Tost, Verstappen’s ex-team boss at Toro Rosso (today AlphaTauri, d. Red.), Thinks: “Max deserves the World Cup this year. To slow down a Lewis Hamilton from the outside without a wheel being parked, that was sensational!”

Hamilton is currently unable to find a remedy against Red Bull’s pace

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is also enthusiastic: “Max’s braking maneuver was beyond good and evil. Today there will be a lot of Tequlia!” If Timo Glock has his way, Red Bull will soon have a reason for the big break: “Today may have been a decisive moment for the World Cup,” says the German: “Max definitely set an absolute exclamation point, Lewis on the other hand got quite a setback. He seemed partially resigned. “

What Glock means from Hamilton’s mouth after the race sounds like this: “Today there was nothing I could say. Your pace was just amazing. I don’t know where you get the performance from, but you were half a second per lap faster than us, “admits the Brit grudgingly in relation to Red Bull. “We still have four races and I will continue to give everything. But they clearly have the stronger car.”

Team boss Wolff also admits with a view to Hamilton’s narrow finish before Perez: “In the end, you have to say that we even won second place today because our car wasn’t good enough for one and two.” Wolff sees the chances of defending the Stuttgart title still intact: “Anything can still happen. The championship is not yet lost. But we have to start to shape it and now hope a little for the racing god.”

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Formula 1 will run at Sky in 2021. The station is setting up its own TV station for the new era: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All training sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races always live and without commercial breaks. Sky also broadcasts the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races. The program also includes historical races and special programs. You can find more information here

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