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Autosport (UK) - - F1/MEXICAN GRAND PRIX DRIVER RATINGS -

8 NICO HULKEN­BERG

Per­formed strongly through­out the week­end and man­aged to pull a three-tenths gap on Sainz in Q3. Car­ried his form into the race, run­ning fourth in the first stint be­fore pit­ting in re­sponse to Perez’s stop. This would have cost him, but an ERS prob­lem forced him out af­ter 24 laps any­way. A typ­i­cally for­mi­da­ble per­for­mance.

6 SAINZ CAR­LOS JR

Looked to be strug­gling on Fri­day but re­cov­ered well and pushed Hulken­berg un­til the fi­nal stages of qual­i­fy­ing, when he slot­ted in three tenths be­hind. A high-speed spin on the sec­ond lap forced an early stop and ef­fec­tively ru­ined his race. Un­der­ly­ing pace seemed fine, but couldn’t es­cape traffic be­fore re­tir­ing.

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