A game of poker was started on Sunday at the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix in 2022. This game took place on the track. Red Bull Racing seemed to have a two-stop strategy in mind for the race with Max Verstappen, who began the race in the pole position, and Sergio Perez, who is a fan favorite in his native Mexico due to the fact that he was born and raised there. Mercedes, on the other hand, adopted a one-stop strategy with hard-compound tires for both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at the very end of the race. This allowed Mercedes to finish in second and third place, respectively. The whole of Mercedes’ chips were distributed evenly over the middle of the table.
Mercedes’s effort to gamble did not end up being fruitful.
At the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez, who have seemingly been able to get great tire wear when and where they want it, were able to produce incredible times lap after lap. They were able to do this because the track was designed in such a way that it favored their driving style. In addition, they were able to show that their tires with a medium-compound could travel exactly as far as those with a hard compound when subjected to the same amount of pressure. Red Bull Racing, which was widely believed to be using a two-stop strategy, instead executed a one-stop plan, which resulted in Verstappen achieving a record 14 victories for the season and Perez finishing in third place. The widespread belief that Red Bull Racing was using a two-stop strategy was due to the widespread belief that Red Bull Racing was using a two-stop strategy.
After radioing to his crew that “we are on the improper tire” and being ignored, Hamilton finished in second place, while Russell, who was equally displeased with his tire, brought his Mercedes home in fourth place.
Early on in the race, the Ferraris that were being driven by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. were disqualified from further participation. Both drivers gave the impression of being in fantastic racing shape at the beginning of the weekend, but on Sunday they were unable to get into the flow of the race at any moment, and as a result they finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
After the race was over, Verstappen said, “Wow, what a season.” This came after he made history by being the first driver in the annals of the Mexican Grand Prix to finish on the top step of the podium after starting from the pole position. “That was a significant help in maintaining my position as the leader going into the first bend. Due to the fact that we were on the mediums for such a considerable amount of time, we had to be careful with our tires, but in the end, we were able to make it work. The speed at which the car traveled was satisfactory.”
After leading for a considerable chunk of the race, Hamilton’s finish in second place was not much of a consolation for him.
After the race, Hamilton commented, “I got very close, but the Red Bulls were just too fast today.” “I came extremely close, but the Red Bulls were simply too quick.” “I came very, very near.” “With the end, they were able to successfully use the most effective strategy in reference to the tires. In my opinion, we should have started off with the games that were less difficult. In the end, selecting that difficult tire was not the best course of action.”
Finishing off the rank and file
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
- Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing
- George Russell, Mercedes
- Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
- Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
- Esteban Ocon, Alpine
- Lando Norris, McLaren
- Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
- Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
- Alexander Albon, Williams
- Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
- Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
- Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
- Mick Schumacher, Haas
- Kevin Magnussen, Haas
- Nicholas Latifi, Williams
- Fernando Alonso, Alpine
- Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri