2022 Mexican Grand Prix Takeaways
There’s no stopping Max Verstappen this season as he snatched the record for most wins in a season shortly after winning the 2022 Drivers’ Championship title. But while the Dutchman was beaming when he crossed the finish line, others celebrated their victories last weekend. Nitrobetting highlights the three biggest moments from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Key Takeaways from the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix
Max Verstappen makes history
The Belgian-Dutch driver writes history and breaks the record for most wins in a season. It was a world record recently held by both Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. With two more races to go, Verstappen hopes to top his recent achievement and finish the season with 16 wins.
Vettel had matched fellow German driver Michael Schumacher’s record in 2013 during his championship stint with Red Bull. That season, he produced the last of his four consecutive titles, while the Ferrari legend won 13 of the 18 races in the 2004 campaign.
Red Bull and their top driver, Max Verstappen, were unstoppable at the Mexican Grand Prix. He crossed the line 15 seconds ahead of his previous rival, Lewis Hamilton. With both Driver and Constructor titles already in the bag, the 25-year-old will operate under less pressure and is expected to drive better during the final moments of the 2022 season.
Local hero Checo
Electrical woes in qualifying put Mexican driver Sergio Perez in the hot seat in his home race. Nevertheless, he pulled through and lifted himself into a podium finish with British driver Lewis Hamilton splitting him and teammate Max Verstappen. While he failed to challenge for P1, a second successive podium in front of the locals delighted his faithful fans and father, who was living in the moment and celebrating his son’s P3 finish.
The points haul moved him back into second in the Drivers’ Championship standings. He gets ahead of Charles Leclerc, who trails him by five points coming into the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix. With two races to go, those are a couple of solid chances for Red Bull to bag the top two positions in the standings while Perez grabs a career-best finish. This is an easy addition to our top 2022 Mexican Grand Prix Storylines.
Daniel Riccardio shines
The 2022 Mexican GP Driver of the Day, Daniel Ricciardo, delivered his finest performance of the year. Putting his tussle with Yuki Tsunoda aside, we saw the Aussie driver fly through the grid. A strong and lengthy opening stint opened the door for Danny Ric to try the soft compound tires for the run to the flag. The move paid off by the end as he closed his stint at P7 and right behind teammate Lando Norris.
Ricciardo worked his way up to the points before creating a gap big enough to nullify the ten-second penalty he picked up during his crash with the AlphaTauri driver. The recent finish marks only his second points finish in the last eight races and a gentle reminder that the former Red Bull and Alpine driver still has what it takes to keep up with the younger pack.
It might be a while before we see him secure a drive in Formula 1. We are likely to find him working behind the curtains as a reserve driver, but one thing’s for sure, he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level in the sport.
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