Max Verstappen puts title in sight after cruising to Mexican F1 GP triumph

“There was incredible pace in the car so I could just do my own thing,” a beaming Verstappen said. Verstappen had a 12-point lead on Hamilton going into the race and he and his Red Bull team were hopeful that, with favourable track and weather conditions, he might extend it to put clear daylight between him and the reigning champion. Yet Red Bull and Verstappen, with great race pace, were able to focus on delivering with the flawless execution they know will be required to take a title that may yet go to the wire. Verstappen held his lead after a safety car restart on lap five and promptly exploited it, opening a two-second gap by lap eight. By the time the leaders began their pitstops Verstappen was nine seconds in front as Hamilton came in on lap 30. It was a tense 10 laps as Hamilton’s car was overheating but he held on to claim second-place points.

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