FACTS AND STATS: AlphaTauri’s best result of the year and another Verstappen record

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Sean Kelly
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia AlphaTauri looks on

Local hero Sergio Perez crashed out on Lap 1 and Yuki Tsunoda spun out of the points late on, but the Red Bull stable still had plenty to smile about in Mexico City, with Max Verstappen taking a record-breaking win and Daniel Ricciardo starring for AlphaTauri. Here’s those numbers and a few more from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

• Verstappen today won his 16th Grand Prix of the year, a new single-season record.

• Verstappen now leads the driver standings by 251 points – that’s bigger than the gap that separates all the other drivers in the 2023 championship.

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• Verstappen has now won 31 races since the start of last year, tied with Nigel Mansell’s career total. The last corner Verstappen drove today was the Nigel Mansell corner.

• Verstappen today equalled his own single-season record for the most podium finishes, with 18.

• Verstappen passed Alain Prost to go into fifth on the all-time laps led table today with 2,684.

• Verstappen in P1 and Lewis Hamilton P2 were the same positions in which they crossed the line last weekend in Austin (although Hamilton was later disqualified).

• Today was Verstappen’s fifth victory in Mexico City, tying the Red Bull Ring for his most successful F1 venue.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari SF-23 on track

A podium for Charles Leclerc on his 100th Ferrari start

• Verstappen and Hamilton have now finished one-two, in either order, 36 times, extending their existing F1 record.

• The top two finishers have now been identical in Mexico for three years in a row.

• Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap and now trails Sergio Perez by 20 points in the battle for second in the drivers’ championship.

• It was Hamilton’s 65th career fastest lap, meaning he is now only 12 behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.

• Today was only Hamilton’s second official podium finish in the last nine races, following his disqualification from second place last time out in Austin.

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• Charles Leclerc’s P3 for Ferrari was his first podium finish in the standard race weekend format in 2023.

• Leclerc made his 100th Grand Prix start for Ferrari today.

• Leclerc has not won any of his last 11 starts from pole position, the second-longest streak in history (Rene Arnoux failed to win 13 starts from pole between 1979 and 1982).

• Ferrari team mate Carlos Sainz took P4 and has finished sixth, fifth and fourth in consecutive visits to Mexico.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes stands for the

More points for George Russell, but he again played second-fiddle to his team mate

• McLaren’s Lando Norris finished P5 after starting P17, the most positions he has ever gained in a race (his previous best was nine, in Bahrain in 2020).

• Norris won the Driver of the Day fan vote, the fourth consecutive race at which a McLaren driver has won.

• George Russell’s P6 for Mercedes was his 15th points finish this season, only one of which has been a podium.

• Daniel Ricciardo’s P7 was AlphaTauri’s best result of the 2023 season.

• It moves the team off the bottom of constructors' championship and into eighth place, level on points with Alfa Romeo.

• Ricciardo completed more laps in the top five today than AlphaTauri had managed in all other races combined this year.

• Sergio Perez’s DNF for Red Bull was his second retirement in the last four races.

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• McLaren’s Oscar Piastri took P8 – the first time he's finished in the same points position twice in his F1 career (he was also eighth in the Australian Grand Prix).

• Williams’ Alex Albon took P9, the same classified result as Austin last time out, and his seventh points finish in 2023.

• Alpine’s Esteban Ocon finished 10th to score his 10th points finish of the season.



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