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Mexican Grand Prix 2021

F1 driver standings: Verstappen pulls clear of Hamilton

Max Verstappen extended his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton with victory at the Mexican Grand Prix, while Red Bull slashed the gap to Mercedes.

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Max Verstappen now holds 19-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the 2021 F1 World Championship after a dominant victory at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Verstappen stormed past the Mercedes drivers at the start of the race and edged away from Hamilton over the course of the 71-lap encounter to take the chequered flag some 20 seconds clear, extending his title lead for the third round in succession.

It was another strong day for Red Bull as a team, as Sergio Perez completed the podium in front of his adoring home fans. With Valtteri Bottas tagged into a spin by McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo at Turn 1 and unable to recover to the top 10, Red Bull now sit just one point behind Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship.

Verstappen would have moved 20 points ahead of Hamilton, though, had Bottas not pitted late on to steal the fastest lap.

There was a change in the fight for third in the Constructors' standings, as Ferrari jumped 13.5 points clear of McLaren. That was thanks to Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finishing fifth and sixth respectively, with Lando Norris 10th after starting from the back of the grid for an engine change.

Check out the full 2021 F1 standings below.

Formula 1 standings 2021

Pos. Driver Team Points
1
Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing 395.5
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes AMG Motorsport 387.5
3
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes AMG Motorsport 226
4
Sergio Perez
Red Bull Racing 190
5
Carlos Sainz
Scuderia Ferrari 164.5
6
Lando Norris
McLaren Racing 160
7
Charles Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari 159
8
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren Racing 115
9
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia Alpha Tauri 110
10
Fernando Alonso
Alpine F1 81
11
Esteban Ocon
Alpine F1 74
12
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin F1 Team 43
13
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin F1 Team 34
14
Yuki Tsunoda
Scuderia Alpha Tauri 32
15
George Russell
Williams Racing 16
16
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing 10
17
Nicholas Latifi
Williams Racing 7
18
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing 3
19
Mick Schumacher
Haas F1 0
21
Nikita Mazepin
Haas F1 0
Pos. Team Drivers Points
1
Mercedes
Hamilton & Bottas 613.5
2
Red Bull
Verstappen & Pérez 585.5
3
Ferrari
Leclerc & Sainz 323.5
4
McLaren
Ricciardo & Norris 275
5
Alpine
Ocon & Alonso 155
6
AlphaTauri
Gasly & Tsunoda 142
7
Aston Martin
Vettel & Stroll 77
8
Williams
Latifi & Russell 23
9
Alfa Romeo
Räikkönen & Giovinazzi 13
10
Haas
Mazepin & Schumacher 0

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