Review: Mexico Grand Prix

A run down of what happened in Mexico

Rebecca Wright
5th November 2022
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Last year’s Mexico City Grand Prix was swept up in the late season furore over Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s championship fight. As a result, it stands prominently in F1 Fans’ minds. Who could forget Verstappen’s double overtake off the line into the first corner; who could forget Checo Perez’s celebrations after taking a podium at his home Grand Prix. 

This year’s race therefore promised a similar level of excitement. Mercedes looked like they were back on-form after a lacklustre season; Ferrari put up a good fight in the free practice sessions. Yet the race itself seemed to fall flat; having both championships sealed and the pecking order well-established meant that the same excitement that presided over last year’s race in Mexico had abated. 

Ferrari put up a good fight in the free practice sessions

That meant that any excitement in the race came down to tyre strategy and management. Verstappen started on pole position on the quicker ‘soft’ tyre, with Hamilton behind on the more durable ‘medium’ for much of the early stint - Hamilton having passed his teammate George Russell in the opening lap. Verstappen pitted - ‘boxed’ - first for the Medium, with Hamilton following suit a few laps later onto the ‘hard’ tyre. The hard proved to be a poor race tyre, leaving Verstappen to cruise to the finish; an uneventful charge to a record-breaking 14th win this season. 

Apart from this ‘uneventful’ battle at the front, much of the race’s excitement came from Daniel Ricciardo’s moves up the field to finish 7th. Ordinarily, such a series of overtakes from the Australian would be widely revered; a celebration for the man who has looked out of place behind the wheel this season. Yet the sting was rather taken out of his excellent performance as a result of his early collision and resultant time penalty after tangling with Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri. 

The race followed an increasing pattern in this Formula One season; qualifying and the early race would over-promise action, only for Verstappen’ assured, championship-worthy driving to mean the race would ultimately underdeliver.

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