2021 Formula 1 Mexico City Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees Formula 1 head to Mexico for the latest round of the 2021 Grand Prix season.

Max Verstappen heads the drivers’ championship and is 12 points clear of title rival Lewis Hamilton entering the race weekend. This is after Verstappen beat Hamilton to victory last time out at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Completing the top three in the driver standings is Valtteri Bottas who is 35 points clear of fourth placed Sergio Perez. This is after Bottas finished sixth last time out while Perez enters his home Grand Prix off the back of his fourth podium finish of the season. The Mexican however is only one point clear of Lando Norris who is fifth in the championship.

There is then a 21 point gap between Norris and sixth placed Charles Leclerc, the latter impressing in Austin where he finished fourth for the third time out of the last four races. LecLerc has a five and a half point gap to teammate Carlos Sainz in seventh.

Ferrari SF21 – Carlos Sainz” by Jaimie Wilson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In the constructors’ championship Mercedes’ lead is 23 points over Red Bull. Although the latter did outscore the Brackley based Mercedes team in Austin.

Third in the constructors’ standings is McLaren who have a 3.5 point margin over fourth placed Scuderia Ferrari. This is after the former claimed a 5-8 finish last time out compared to Ferrari’s 4-7 finish.

Alpine head to Mexico fifth in the standings and have a 10 point gap over sixth placed AlphaTauri. The Alpine team suffered a double retirement at the Circuit of the Americas, its first of the 2021 season. AlphaTauri also saw Pierre Gasly retire from the race in Austin but Yuki Tsunoda claimed ninth place, the Japanese first points finish since the Hungarian Grand Prix.

There is then a 32 point gap between AlphaTauri and seventh placed Aston Martin, with the latter 39 points clear of eighth placed Williams. Aston Martin did manage to claim the final points finish of tenth last time out thanks to Sebastian Vettel while its other car driven by Lance Stroll finished twelfth.

Williams retain a 16 point advantage over ninth placed Alfa Romeo, despite the latter threatening to score points in the previous Grand Prix, and the former claiming a 14-15 finish in Austin.

Haas continue to be at the foot of the constructors’ championship on zero points, their cars having been classified sixteenth and seventeenth in its home race last time out.

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