After winning pole position this Saturday, the Dutchman Max Verstappen will take on the Mexican Grand Prix, the twentieth stop of the 2022 Formula 1 season, with winds in its favor to set the record of 14 wins in the same year.
The Red Bull driver remained crouched during free practice on Friday and Saturday. In Q3 he stopped the clock at 1:17.947 and later improved it to 1:17,566 to ensure first place on the starting grid of the competition, which will take place at 2,240 meters.
Mad Max has shown superiority in the year, with 13 winsby three from Frenchman Charles Leclerc, from Ferrari, two from Mexican Sergio Czech Pérez, from Red Bull, and one from the Spaniard Carlos Saínz, from Ferrari.
Since Formula 1 returned to Mexico in 2015, Verstappen has won three times, in 2017, 2018 and 2021 to raise his hand as maximum winner of the race.
Furthermore, the possibility that Max reach a record 14 wins in one year It is one of the expectations of the race. If he wins, he will exceed the limits of 13 wins in a season, imposed by the Germans Michael Schumacher, in 2004, and Sebastián Vettel, in 2013.
Another of the points of interest of the race will be the fight for second place of the drivers’ classification between the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, from Ferrari, and the Mexican Czech Perez of Red Bull. The rider of the Italian team is second in the standings, just two points above Pérez, who will have an advantage if he does well because he will start in fourth place, his rival for seventh.
The Spanish Carlos Sainz will seek the podium after two withdrawals for reasons beyond his ability as a driver. He will come out fifth and has a chance of fighting for one of the top three seats.
A little further back, the Mercedes team has shown great adaptation to the Mexican track and will put pressure on Verstappen, Pérez and the Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc, in search of their first win of the season. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton they have been adjusted; They will start second and third, in that order, and will have good conditions to fight for victory at the 4,304-kilometre Autodrome, which will be given 71 laps.
HOUR: 20:00 GMT (17:00 ARG-URU / 16:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL / 15:00 COL-PER-ECU-MEX)
TV: Fox Sports
TOP 5 OF THE PILOTS WORLD CUP
1- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 391 points
2- Charles Leclerc (Ferrar) 267 points
3- Czech Perez (Red Bull) 265 points
4- George Russell (Mercedes) 218 points
5- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 202 points