Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 points
Mexico City takes centre stage this weekend as the sensational Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton becomes even more intense.
The Red Bull driver leads the standings by 12 points with five races remaining after taking a well-earned victory at the Circuit of the Americas last time out, his eighth win of the season so far.
Hamilton had taken the lead after a hard-fought battle into turn 1 by an aggressive strategy from the Dutchman’s lead allowed to re-take first place and hold on in the latter stages.
Both men have won in Mexico before, twice each, and Hamilton secured his fourth and fifth championships here despite Verstappen wins back in 2017 and 2018. Whoever manages to take the top step on Sunday evening will land a significant blow in a title race that gripped fans all around the world this season.
So, when will the race start and how can fans watch? Here’s all you need to know:
When is it?
The race will take place on Sunday, 7 November at 7pm GMT at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
How can I watch?
The race will be shown live on the Sky Sports F1 channel. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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1) Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 287.5
2) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 275.5
3) Valterri Bottas (Mercedes) 185
4) Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 150
5) Lando Norris (McLaren Mercedes) 149
6) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 128
7) Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 122.5
8) Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 105
9) Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 74
10) Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 58
1) Mercedes 460.5
2) Red Bull 437.5
3) McLaren 254
4) Ferrari 250.5
5) Alpine 104
6) Alpha Tauri 94
7) Aston Martin 62
8) Williams 23
9) Alfa Romeo 7
10) Haas 0
What has Hamilton said?
“We are going to the next two tracks which are very strong circuits for Red Bull [Mexico and Brazil] so it is going to be tough,” Hamilton said after the conclusion of race in Texas last time out.
“We will just try and minimise how strong they can be compared to us, and see if we can do a better job.
“I am trying not to think about it at the moment. I am living in the moment and will take it one race at a time.”
What has Verstappen said?
In an interview with Gentleman’s Journal, Verstappen addressed the pair’s rivalry, saying “We’re how competitors should be.”
“We’re not exactly going to have dinner together but that’s fine. You have that competitive spirit and we always try to beat each other on track, but also try to respect each other off track as well.
“So far there have been some tense moments, but overall it’s been all right.”
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