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2023 Mexico City Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Daniel Ricciardo is certainly looking at his big picture.

EVENT: Talk about letting the air out of a balloon.

TRACK: That stadium section may be "cool" on a festive level, but it really doesn't work on a racing level. It also prevents a good launch out of the last turn, thus limiting passing despite how long the subsequent front straight is.

QUALIFYING: Out of nowhere a Ferrari front row, Perez gets outqualified by the guy who might replace him and currently has a much worse car (think about that!), Alfa Romeo is impressive, Albon is crushed, Norris is shocked, and Stroll continues his useless qualifying.

RACE: Once Verstappen (very quickly) took the lead, it was game over. The red flag was a false flag to bring some excitement. However, there were some epic (and some dumb) passes in the field.

START: An absolute stunner for the home crowd as their hero gets knocked out in the very first turn, Verstappen gets a lightning start to grab the lead before they even turn, Leclerc suffers damage, while everyone else behaves.

RESTART: Surprisingly, Hamilton on medium tires did not take advantage of those ahead of him on hard tires, Verstappen's reaction time is spot on again, and Norris falls down the order.

VERSTAPPEN: Everything continues to go so smoothly for Max.

PEREZ: He can't even pull the same move Verstappen did last year. No matter what Sergio does, it's always subpar to his teammate, as the pressure mounts.

RED BULL: They really have to think about how they want to handle a championship run in 2024.

HAMILTON: Lewis is getting happier and happier. Which means he is once again taking control of the team.

MERCEDES: Despite the DQ at COTA, the car does have speed now.

LECLERC: Still has never won a race from pole position.

FERRARI: Can they translate qualifying pace to race pace next year?

NORRIS: Imagine what Lando could have done had he not messed up qualifying.

RICCIARDO: Might have had fifth place without the red flag. In any case, Daniel was super impressive. And Perez must be really worried.

TSUNODA: Threw away a points finish...

ALPHATAURI: ...Which meant they couldn't take sole possession of eighth place.

WILLIAMS: Fast during the cool mornings, slow during the hot afternoons...

ALBON: ...Which makes Alex's race performance pretty impressive.

ALONSO: What must be going in in Fernando's head.

STROLL: A lousy 25th birthday "present."

ASTON MARTIN: Have completely fallen off the wagon.

MAGNUSSEN: It's been a while since we've seen those kind of crashes -- a sudden suspension failure pitching the car straight into the wall. In the past, those kind of crashes killed drivers. Now, wall and chassis safety are so amazing.

F1 TV: One good thing about Perez dropping out after just one lap, there appeared to be much less crowd shots. Much less.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Groans.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 31 -- The number of races Max Verstappen has won in just the past two seasons (and counting). To put that into perspective, 31 is the same number of races Nigel Mansell won in his career. And he was no slouch.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Red Bull surpassed Lotus for most number of Mexican GP wins with five. Lotus' first was a shared victory for Jim Clark and Trevor Taylor in 1962 when it was a non-championship event. Clark's car was black flagged after 10 laps due to an illegal push start on the grid. He then replaced his teammate, Taylor, during a pit stop. From third place and 57 seconds back, Clark took the lead with a third of the race left and won by over a minute. It was the last time a grand prix victory was shared by two drivers.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From @hamkkonen:

Horner talking shit about Lewis is how I know we're back on the right track.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the cooldown room when Lewis Hamilton saw the highlight of what happened to Sergio Perez, "He did a me in Qatar."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lando Norris knew he had no other set of tires left when the team asked him if he thought the hards will be able to restart. With a perplexed voice, he said, "I will have to say yes. I can't say anything else."

SCHEDULE: From the festive atmosphere of Mexico to the festive atmosphere of Brazil. And, the third sprint weekend in four events.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 71
2. Hamilton 71
3. Leclerc 71
4. Sainz 71
5. Norris 71
6. Russell 71
7. Ricciardo 71
8. Piastri(R) 71
9. Albon 71
10. Ocon 71
11. Gasly 71
12. Tsunoda 71
13. Hulkenberg 71
14. Zhou 71
15. Bottas 71
16. Sargeant(R) 70
17. Stroll 66
NC Alonso 47
NC Magnussen 31
NC Perez 1

Time of Race
2:02:30.814

Margin of Victory
13.875 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 2 laps

Virtual Safety Car
1 for 1 lap

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Charles Leclerc

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 491
2. Perez 240
3. Hamilton 220
4. Alonso 183
  Sainz 183
6. Norris 169
7. Leclerc 166
8. Russell 151
9. Piastri(R) 87
10. Gasly 56
11. Stroll 53
12. Ocon 45
13. Albon 27
14. Bottas 10
15. Hulkenberg 9
16. Tsunoda 8
17. Ricciardo 6
  Zhou 6
19. Magnussen 3
20. Lawson(R) 2
21. Sargeant(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 731
2. Mercedes 371
3. Ferrari 349
4. McLaren 256
5. Aston Martin 236
6. Alpine 101
7. Williams 28
8. Alfa Romeo 16
  AlphaTauri 16
10. Haas 12
 
 

2023 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Azerbaijan
Miami Emilia Romagna Monaco Spain
Canada Austria Great Britain Hungary
Belgium Holland Italy Singapore
Japan Qatar United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Las Vegas Abu Dhabi

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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