Venue: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Max Verstappen has taken control of the Formula 1 title race and is backed to further extend his lead in our Brazilian Grand Prix predictions.
The Red Bull ace powered to his ninth victory of the season in Mexico and now holds a 19-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen has notably prevailed at the venues with the highest altitude, also obliging at Spa-Francorchamps and twice at the Red Bull Ring.
After moving up from third to first on the opening bend due to a flying start, Verstappen finished 16.5 seconds clear of Hamilton last Sunday.
Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez completed the podium and at one point threatened to reel in Hamilton’s Mercedes for second.
“I think we had great pace,” beamed team boss Christian Horner. “You could see it with Checo, he was getting so close on the last few laps.”
Verstappen added: “I knew the start was very important; we were three wide at one point and I was on the more ideal race line, so I could brake later and get into the lead.
“After that, I could do my own thing. The pace was very good, so I could just keep building and creating a gap – the pit stops were seamless and the car was good throughout the race.”
How the Mexican Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 Perez (Red Bull), 4 Gasly (Alphatauri), 5 Leclerc (Ferrari), 6 Sainz (Ferrari), 7 Vettel (Aston Martin), 8 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 9 Alonso (Renault), 10 Norris (McLaren), 11 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 12 Ricciardo (McLaren), 13 Ocon (Alpine), 14 Stroll (Aston Martin), 15 Bottas (Mercedes), 16 Russell (Williams), 17 Latifi (Williams), 18 Mazepin (Haas), DNF Schumacher (Haas), Tsunoda (Alphatauri)
Pierre Gasly was a superb fourth for Alphatauri in Mexico but Ferrari also fared well, with Charles Leclerc fifth and Carlos Sainz sixth.
Team principal Mattia Binotto commented: “This result keeps us on course to reach our objective in this final stage of the season, which is to finish third in the Constructors’ championship.
“The 18 points are the result of a good job from the entire team; the drivers, engineers and mechanics at the track and back at the remote garage, in the way they prepared for and managed this weekend.
“I was particularly pleased with the team spirit shown by Charles and Carlos and with the pit stops, with two very quick and precise tyre changes.”
Bwin are offering a price boost of 5/2 for Leclerc to fare best of the rest without the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers and that is worth adding to our Brazilian Grand Prix betting tips.
Williams actually had the fastest pit stop in Mexico but second-placed Red Bull are usually the team to beat in this department, going quickest 10 times in 18 races.
Past Brazilian Grand Prix winners
2019 Verstappen (Red Bull)
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes)
2017 Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014 Rosberg (Mercedes)
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