Event: Mexico F1 Grand Prix
Track: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Race Results 2021 Mexico F1 Grand Prix

Race winner Max Verstappen and third placed Sergio Perez celebrate in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Weather: dry 22.9°C
Tarmac: dry 48.2°C
Humidity: 27.3%
Wind: 0.3 m/s SW
Pressure: 783.1 bar

Max Verstappen scored his 19th race win today. The Dutch driver won the Mexico F1 GP for the 3rd time. It was his 9th race win of the 2021 season. The Red Bull driver started from P3 and moved up to P1 at the first corner of the first lap. It was the 74th race win for Red Bull Racing.

2021 Mexican F1 GP Race Report

The start of the race was the most exciting part of the race. All cars got away clean and the top 3, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) started from pole while Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) who started 2nd and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) from P3, stayed close behind to get a nice slipstream down the 800 meters long straight to turn 1.

Halfway the straight Bottas went a bit to the right to defend his P1 to Hamilton and cleared the way for Verstappen who was behind the Finn, to get along side him to snatch away P1 by braking very late into the corner.

Hamilton also passed Bottas on the inside and Daniel Ricciardo in the McLaren, who also had a great start, could not avoid the Mercedes of Bottas when he turned into first corner. Bottas spun and Ricciardo's front wing was demolished. Both driver had to pit. Ricciardo for a new front wing and tyres. Bottas only for tyres. Both drivers switched from the medium to the hard tyre compound tyres.

A few moments later Esteban Ocon's Alpine got hit from both sides on his front tyres. First he got hit by the Haas of Mick Schumacher and 1 moment later his car got hit by the AlphaTauri of Tsunoda. Schumacher and Tsunoda had to retire their car, while Ocon unbelievably could go on. The safety car was deployed to clean up the track and recover the damaged cars and after 4 laps the safety car period ended. Verstappen already slammed the gas in the stadium section to pull a gap towards his rival Hamilton of 0.9s, to prevent being slip streamed by Hamilton on the long start/finish straight.

In lap 8 Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen had a nice fight with George Russell for P9, while  Verstappen took the fastest lap to 1:21.520 min. Hamilton was about 0.5 sec. slower than Verstappen now and losing ground.

In lap 14 Verstappen was leading Hamilton by 4.2s. The first of the top 10 who did a regular pit stop was Antonio Giovinazzi, who pitted with the Alfa Romeo in lap 17 to switch from medium to hard compound tyres. The Italian driver returned to the track on P13.

Hamilton got 2.4s pitstop to get a fresh set of hard compound tyres in lap 30 and came out behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc on P5 who pitted at the end of the lap and clear the way again for the Mercedes driver to pull out a virtual lead on Perez. Two laps later Hamilton put the fastest lap on his name to earn the extra point.

Verstappen did his hard tyre pits stop in lap 34. Perez was given the lead now and was the first ever Mexican driver who led the Mexican F1 GP.

Bottas certainly had a hard day at the office. He first got passed by Verstappen and Hamilton and then got hit from behind by Ricciardo in turn 1 and now was stuck behind the McLaren until the Australian driver did his pitstop in lap 38.

Bottas now at last could get passed by pushing and do his pitstop three laps later. The Finn did everything right but the Mercedes team messed up the pitstop that took 11.7 sec. They made an error with fitting on the left front wheel. He returned to the track as 15th and had lost 4 places and now even was three places behind Ricciardo.

Perez also got a new set of hard tyres in lap 43 had driven the quickest lap time two laps later to try and overtake Hamilton for P2. The Mexican driver now was 7.6s behind the British driver. Perez got very close and even got into the DRS zone to try and pass Hamilton, but Hamilton got him covered.

Until Bottas pitted for a set op softs in his 68th lap, Verstappen had driven the fastest lap and earned the extra point. Bottas did what he was asked to do and even broke the lap record to steel away the extra point from Verstappen.

Classification 2021 Mexico GP

PNoDriverTeamTimeLapsGridPts
133Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull01:38:39.08671
3
25
244United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes01:38:55.64171
2
18
311Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull01:38:56.83871
4
15
410France Pierre Gasly
Italy AlphaTauri01:39:42.93171
5
12
516Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy Ferrari01:40:00.12371
8
10
655Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari01:38:41.51670
6
8
75Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Aston Martin01:38:49.14470
9
6
87Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Switzerland Alfa Romeo01:38:54.24570
10
4
914Spain Fernando Alonso
France Alpine01:39:02.77570
12
2
104United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren01:39:05.31270
18
1
1199Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Switzerland Alfa Romeo01:39:40.08570
11
0
123Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom McLaren01:39:40.97570
7
0
1331France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine01:39:52.45970
19
0
1418Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin01:38:47.03769
20
0
1577Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes01:39:12.01969
1
0
1663United Kingdom George Russell
United Kingdom Williams01:39:17.88869
16
0
176Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom Williams01:39:32.37669
13
0
189Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
United States Haas01:39:26.40368
15
0
DNF47Germany Mick Schumacher
United States HaasCollision0
14
0
DNF22Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauriCollision0
17
0

Fastest lap: 1:17.774 min by Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes (no.77) in lap 69

2021 Mexico F1 GP Results
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13 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2021 Mexico F1 Grand Prix

  1. madra mor

    3 red bull honda s in the top 4,max on the top step great result for red bull .wont be long now.lads.ha ha.no support for smamilton on the podium.loving it

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  2. guttersniper

    ya mon a worthy winner today.fastest driver in the best all roung car wins the day,hurrah max , checo,pierre ,red bull.wheres the beer assistant

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  3. Ian

    The obvious take on this is the performance advantage which RB had vis-à-vis Max and the skill that Lewis demonstrated to stay in touch - and ahead of Pérez

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  4. Les

    Go Max.
    No matter what Wolf said after the race, you could see from his jubilation at getting 1 - 2 on Saturday he expected Hamilton to win the race.
    I do agree with him about Ricciardo spinning Valteri around , should have been a penalty for Ricciardo.

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  5. shroppyfly

    Great result for Rb and Max and Honda, Max just made it look easy , Lewis had given up by was it lap 24/25 it sounded like, onto Brazil for more of the same please

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  6. Jere Jyrälä

    Another blow for Hamilton's record-breaking 8th WDC chance - admittedly, the WDC moves more & more in Max's favor.
    In a way, the gap at 19 pts is good, considering how much more it would be if not for some points losses earlier in the season.
    Mercedes' a la Red Bull in Silverstone move was cheeky but unsurprising.
    Alpine & Alpha Tauri are now equal on points, so P5 in the WCC is very much on, while Alfa Romeo got four points closer to Williams.
    Ricciardo's clumsiness into T1, though.

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  7. f1award

    Great drive by MV in the best car. How was Gasly not driver of the day and how did VB move over far enough for the first corner for MV to get a bus though let alone a F1 car.
    VB was so slow from pole he got tapped by someone starting in 7th, Toto said it all in the Sky interview, not good enough! Even followed it up by being stuck in 11th place and not being able to overtake a Mclaren for 35 laps, not good enough!

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    • Jax

      Gasly did well again. He's been fairly consistent. But Max jumping 2 Mercs from the start, mostly due to useless Bottas, coupled with a bruising gap to his rival in the end, earned and deserves driver of day. That start had less to do with the better car. Boy got skills!

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    • Linda

      I did say that Bottas had no intention of helping Mercedes or Lewis. With his experience, he would have known by not staying on the left and covering Max, that Max would go straight through. Bottas had no need to go right to cover Lewis but he wasn't expecting to be hit and turned by Ricciardo. I don't think Lewis figured in Bottas' top 3

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  8. Linda

    I did say that Bottas had no intention of helping Mercedes or Lewis. With his experience, he would have known by not staying on the left and covering Max, that Max would go straight through. Bottas had no need to go right to cover Lewis but he wasn't expecting to be hit and turned by Ricciardo. I don't think Lewis figured in Bottas' top 3

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  9. guttersniper 33,10 and 11

    why would he mercedes let him go.free agent now,his own future to fight for.shamilton often treated him like shit.top 3 ??,not in the top 18 drivers

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    • Linda

      Guttersniper, did I say that Bottas shouldn't do his own thing? I don't think so. I said he let Max through...... again. I remember when Massa found out his contract with Ferrari wasn't being renewed, and when asked by an interviewer how he would race until the end of the season, he replied that he would now only race for himself. At least he was upfront about it. Not sure I understand the last part of your comment though. Not in the top 18? Who? Lewis? If so, that's a ridiculous comment

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