Such a win would see him turn out to be the motive force to have gained probably the most races in a single season, having joined Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel on 13 together with his success in america.
That triumph was his ninth this season with out beginning in pole, surpassing Lewis Hamilton (eight) for probably the most such wins in a single marketing campaign, and might be stuffed with confidence given a stellar report in Mexico – the place he has prevailed 3 times (2018, 2019, 2021). Verstappen and Jim Clark share the report for probably the most Mexican Grand Prix wins.
Purple Bull even have a workforce report of their sight, having now gained eight races in a row to face one shy of the 9 victories in a row they secured in 2013, which is the sixth-longest successful streak for a workforce in F1 historical past.
Whereas Verstappen and Purple Bull are looking for additional data, Lewis Hamilton is seeking to keep away from one as he’s nonetheless looking for his first victory in 2022 and the Mercedes driver was robust in america.
The British driver has by no means completed a Method One season in his profession with out a race win and has simply three grands prix to make sure that this isn’t the 12 months when he stands winless for the primary time.
A lot of the eye will proceed to be off the observe, nonetheless, with Purple Bull’s cost-cap breach in 2021 but to be resolved and dominating the discussions, although a remaining end result must be proper across the nook.
The Mexican Grand Prix has seen 10 totally different racers on pole place within the final 10 editions, a report that may nearly definitely be prolonged after qualifying on Saturday as 2021 pole sitter Valtteri Bottas is now at Alfa Romeo.
The final driver to win consecutive pole positions on this race was Ayrton Senna in 1988 and 1989.
Leclerc’s late change
Charles Leclerc was Max Verstappen’s largest menace early within the season however a plethora of issues derailed the title ambitions of the Ferrari driver, with errors, unhealthy luck and mechanical points all plaguing his performances.
Some consistency has been discovered not too long ago, nonetheless, with Leclerc ending on the rostrum in every of his final 5 Method One races – his longest such run in his profession.
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