Crimson Bull driver Max Verstappen completed in first place on the Mexican Grand Prix to say his record-setting 14th win of the season on Sunday.
The 25-year-old’s 14th victory of the season sees him cross Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for probably the most race wins in a single season in System One historical past.
Earlier in October, Verstappen claimed his second profession world championship on the Japanese Grand Prix, and final week he gained the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, which noticed him share the report for variety of season race wins.
Together with his victory in Mexico, Verstappen additionally broke the report for probably the most factors gathered in a single season, beforehand set by Lewis Hamilton in 2019.
The data affirm Verstappen’s dominance this season. After an inauspicious begin in Bahrain again in March, he has gained race after race, comfortably seeing off an early problem from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Talking after Sunday’s race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico, Verstappen regarded ahead to extra success.
“An unimaginable outcome. It’s been an unimaginable 12 months to date. We’re undoubtedly having fun with it and we’ll attempt to go for extra,” the Dutch driver mentioned.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton completed in second place, some 15 seconds behind the Dutchman, and Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez got here in third.
Verstappen began on pole and glided away, whereas Hamilton behind him overtook teammate George Russell.
The 2 groups started on completely different tires – Mercedes on the mediums within the hope of difficult the Dutchman’s dominance with Crimson Bull on the softs – and for some time the vehicles have been evenly matched.
Crimson Bull pitted their drivers first, choosing medium tires whereas Hamilton fitted laborious tires in order that he wouldn’t should pit once more.
Finally, Mercedes’ technique didn’t repay as Hamilton may solely watch Verstappen improve his lead, and crew boss Toto Wolff later acknowledged over the radio that it was “perhaps not the fitting tire alternative,” based on the BBC.
However for all of Verstappen and Crimson Bull’s achievements this 12 months, there was a shadow forged over the crew on Sunday after it was sanctioned for a funds cap breach final 12 months.
Crimson Bull Racing (RBR) and the FIA agreed an Accepted Breach Settlement (ABA) for the crew’s breaking of F1’s price cap guidelines in 2021, the game’s governing physique introduced on Friday.
RBR have been discovered to have breached the associated fee cap by £432,652 ($501,409).
The punishment quantities to a advantageous of $7 million, a ten% discount in price limits for RBR’s aerodynamic testing for subsequent 12 months, and duty for the prices incurred by the Price Cap Administration, who have been answerable for investigating the breach.
Within the FIA assertion, the Price Cap Administration famous that RBR “acted cooperatively all through the evaluate course of” and that “there is no such thing as a accusation or proof that RBR has sought at any time to behave in unhealthy religion.”
“The extra draconian half is the sporting penalty, which is a ten% discount on our capacity to utilise our wind tunnel and aerodynamic instruments,” crew boss Christian Horner mentioned in a press convention, based on ESPN.
“That represents anyplace between 0.25 seconds and 0.5 seconds of lap time. That is available in from now, it has a direct impact on subsequent 12 months’s automobile and will probably be in place for a 12-month interval.”
Two races stay on the F1 calendar for Verstappen so as to add to his report tally with the Brazilian Grand Prix scheduled on November 13 and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 20.