Mexican Grand Prix driver ratings
The Mexican Grand Prix was a potentially significant weekend for the world championship, as Max Verstappen extended his points advantage for a third race in succession. But beyond his race-deciding first corner move, there were other noteworthy performances in the midfield, including from a soon-to-depart figure
Max Verstappen – 9
Verstappen is marked down for his role in Red Bull's qualifying underperformance, where the slower Mercedes package snuck ahead. But he was sensational in the race. He was brave going around the outside when that line opened at the start and kept it on the track masterfully. Nailed the restart and was simply never headed thereafter. Trying to slow the lapped Bottas's late fastest lap attempts showed his spare bandwidth.
Lewis Hamilton – 8
Can't score higher because of his qualifying defeat to Bottas when pole was there for the taking as Red Bull messed up, but little else he could have done in the race. Bizarrely, his better reaction at the lights played a part in Mercedes dropping behind Verstappen as he couldn't get a tow from Bottas. Kept his pace up and tyres alive when Perez was coming at him late on.
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