Mexican GP (1st)
In these days of tyre and fuel management, it’s unusual for a driver to disappear into the distance. Doubly so in a race like the Mexican Grand Prix, which was at the extreme end of the spectrum for looking after the Pirellis. And yet, somehow, Verstappen took what was arguably the most dominant victory of the season.
Initially he was told to build up a 3.5-second lead over Lewis Hamilton, but his advantage went beyond that as it became very clear that there was only going to be one winner of this race. With Hamilton pitting at the end of lap 11, Verstappen was comfortable enough to go two laps longer and still have a 2.2s advantage. The main challenge from here was the team trying to slow him down, something that wasn’t easy as Verstappen’s pace made it impossible for him not to build his lead. Most impressively, he was able to make a luxury precautionary pitstop and still have a comfortable advantage over team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who started from pole position and made a one-stopper work.
Verstappen’s tyre management has been a strength since his Toro Rosso days, and this was a race in which he combined that skill with what speed the race situation allowed him to show. A crushing victory.
Even minding his tyres, Verstappen couldn’t help but romp away