Mexico Grand Prix: can Verstappen break another record?
Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing have already secured both 2022 world championships, but there are still a number of races to go this season. These include this weekend’s race in Mexico and Verstappen could break another record, but what can his Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez do at his home race? This preview contains predictions, tips and odds to help bet on the Formula 1 GP of Mexico.
United States GP
The biggest excitement is over for this Formula 1 season: Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing are world champions. Individually, Verstappen already was before the race in Texas, but the team is now also world champions for the fifth time. Red Bull’s last title dates back to 2014 during Sebastian Vettel’s last world title. Since then, Mercedes won the constructors’ championship each time, but now Red Bull has run away with it.
On Saturday, the Ferrari were faster than Verstappen in qualifying. A penalty for Charles Leclerc pushed Verstappen up one place, allowing him to start second behind Carlos Sainz. Teammate Sergio Pérez also had a penalty which forced him to start ninth.
Verstappen was able to pass Sainz as early as the first corner and the Spaniard was then touched by George Russell forcing him to leave the race immediately. The Dutchman thus seemed to take home victory without too much trouble. Nothing was further from the truth, as a dramatic pit stop at Red Bull gave Lewis Hamilton a ten-second lead. In the final laps, Verstappen was still able to pass the Briton and thus won a Formula 1 race for the 33rd time. Pérez, meanwhile, had also moved up and finished fourth, allowing Red Bull to win the constructors’ title.
History GP of Mexico
The Mexican Grand Prix was first scheduled at Formula 1 in 1962. However, it was not always raced in Mexico; the circuit was removed from the calendar and reinstated several times. The 22 races in Mexico were always held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. After this Grand Prix could not take place in 2020 due to the corona pandemic, it has been part of the calendar again since last year.
Max Verstappen and Jim Clark have both won three victories at this circuit, making them record holders. With another win, Verstappen can extend Clark’s record. In 2017, 2018 and 2021, the Dutchman managed to win here.
Oddsmakers GP of Mexico 2022
Looking at the bookmaker’s odds, we see the same as we have seen all season. Max Verstappen is the big favourite, now with an odd of 4/7. Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez are the closest chasers with an odd of 9/2, followed by Lewis Hamilton (12/1) and Carlos Sainz (12/1).
Verstappen has already won 13 races in 2022, equalling Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s record of most wins in a season. In the coming races, he can both break and extend this record. Red Bull has been going like clockwork in Mexico in recent years, making Verstappen and Pérez real favourites for victory.
The Dutchman has been showing all season that he is a lot better than any other driver on the track. There will be little change in that now, as logically he is once again the big favourite. Tip: bet on ‘Max Verstappen wins’. This bet has an odd of 4/7 at bet365.#ad | T&C Apply | +18: Open Account Offer Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.