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MEXICAN GRAND PRIX RACE

MEXICAN GRAND PRIX RACE

RED BULL DRIVER MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS MEXICAN GRAND PRIX 
WITH A ONE-STOP ULTRASOFT-SUPERSOFT STRATEGY

CONTACT BETWEEN LEWIS HAMILTON AND SEBASTIAN VETTEL PUTS 
BOTH ONTO AN ALTERNATIVE TWO-STOPPER

ALL THREE COMPOUNDS USED DURING THE RACE IN A P ZERO RANGE 
THAT WAS ONE STEP SOFTER THAN A YEAR AGO

After pitting for soft tyres at the end of the opening lap, they both used a virtual safety car halfway through the race to switch on to supersoft (for Hamilton) and ultrasoft (for Vettel). But as Vettel did not finish in the top two, Hamilton could claim his fourth drivers’ title – and his third with Pirelli.

Along with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Force India’s Sergio Perez, Hamilton and Vettel were the only drivers to stop twice. All the other drivers stopped just once, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen the highest-placed competitor to use the soft (rather than the supersoft) for his second stint.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“The collision on the opening lap and the virtual safety car meant that Hamilton and Vettel both had to diverge from the expected one-stop strategy, adding an extra tactical element to this race. Keeping the tyres within the correct operating window was essential, with low degradation, minimal downforce in the thin air, and a slippery surface in Mexico, but Verstappen managed this perfectly to seal a textbook victory. We saw all three compounds used during the race, with teams implementing different strategies to react to the changing circumstances of this fascinating grand prix, and no issues whatsoever from the tyres. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for a well-deserved fourth driver’s title, following a stunning season.”

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE

TRUTHOMETER

Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix with a one-stop strategy as expected, making his sole pit stop from ultrasoft to supersoft on lap 32.

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