Pink Bull driver Max Verstappen completed in first place on the Mexican Grand Prix to assert 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 Formula One historical past.
Earlier in October, Verstappen claimed his second profession world championship on the Japanese Grand Prix, and final week he received 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 collected 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 received 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 incredible result. It’s been an incredible year so far. We’re definitely enjoying it and we’ll try to go for more,” the Dutch driver mentioned.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton completed in second place, some 15 seconds behind the Dutchman, and Pink 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 Pink Bull on the softs – and for some time the vehicles had been evenly matched.
Pink Bull pitted their drivers first, choosing medium tires whereas Hamilton fitted laborious tires in order that he wouldn’t must pit once more.
Finally, Mercedes’ technique didn’t repay as Hamilton might solely watch Verstappen improve his lead, and staff boss Toto Wolff later acknowledged over the radio that it was “maybe not the right tire choice,” in keeping with the BBC.
However for all of Verstappen and Pink Bull’s achievements this yr, there was a shadow solid over the staff on Sunday after it was sanctioned for a funds cap breach final yr.
Pink Bull Racing (RBR) and the FIA agreed an Accepted Breach Settlement (ABA) for the staff’s breaking of F1’s price cap guidelines in 2021, the game’s governing physique introduced on Friday.
RBR had been discovered to have breached the associated fee cap by £432,652 ($501,409).
The punishment quantities to a positive of $7 million, a ten% discount in price limits for RBR’s aerodynamic testing for subsequent yr, and duty for the prices incurred by the Value Cap Administration, who had been answerable for investigating the breach.
Within the FIA assertion, the Value Cap Administration famous that RBR “acted cooperatively throughout the review process” and that “there is no accusation or evidence that RBR has sought at any time to act in bad faith.”
“The more draconian part is the sporting penalty, which is a 10% reduction on our ability to utilise our wind tunnel and aerodynamic tools,” staff boss Christian Horner mentioned in a press convention, in keeping with ESPN.
“That represents anywhere between 0.25 seconds and 0.5 seconds of lap time. That comes in from now, it has a direct effect on next year’s car and it will be in place for a 12-month period.”
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.