In Mexico’s exhilarating storm, Max Verstappen was already working toward the goal of his dreams. Like a champ, his mechanics the happy Formula 1 World Championship captain shrugged their shoulders, and Red Bull Motorsport director Helmut Marko promised a big round of tequila to celebrate the day – all as if Verstappen had just won a dramatic title race with Lewis Hamilton scheduled.
That wasn’t far off after Verstappen’s ninth win of the season. Real address break plans can now be more specific. Verstappen is getting closer and closer to the World Cup.
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In the home of the record world champion, some are already waving their hands. The Sun wrote: “In a way, it fits Mexico City’s celebration of the Day of the Dead, because it appears that Hamilton’s season has been killed by Verstappen after another heavy blow.”
“Verstappen is acting like a veteran”
There can be no doubting a preliminary decision with four races before the end of the season. 107 points left to win. The trend is still clear: for the third time in a row, Verstappen has landed ahead of Hamilton. In doing so, he left his rivals behind on roads where, as in Austin/Texas, he had an alleged flaw. In the mountain air of Mexico, he rose to his favorite status.
Consistency, intelligence and the current best car in the field are the keys to success at the crucial stage of the season. And the English newspaper “The Guardian” wrote with appreciation: “Even under pressure, Verstappen looks like a veteran, not a young man fighting for the World Cup for the first time.”
Verstappen himself also referred to Red Bull’s “unbelievable speed”. The advantage was already evident after the start. Verstappen easily passed two Mercedes, after the first corner the race was almost over.
Hamilton also had to acknowledge the strength of the opponent. The British vacillated between respect and disappointment. He said, “I couldn’t do anything to counter that. You obviously have the fastest car.” Now you have to turn every stone in order to get the most out of your racing car.
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Not much time left. The 19th race of the season in Brazil is already on the program this coming weekend. The track at Interlagos is similar to that of Mexico as the Red Bull circuit. The likelihood that Verstappen will continue to withdraw in the drivers’ championship and that Red Bull will take the lead in the constructors’ championship is high on paper. In the team classification, only one point separates the two teams.
Mercedes believes it has a chance in both ratings. “We haven’t lost anything, we’re still fully engaged,” Motorsport chief Toto Wolff said. In the most famous drivers’ championship, the pressure is much higher. “We have to perform now and maybe hope for a racing god,” said Wolff.
However, Max Verstappen has been in his favour for a long time.
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