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Daniel Ricciardo slammed into Yuki Tsunoda.

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Daniel Ricciardo delivered one of his best drives of the 2022 season, with a late charge securing him a remarkable seventh despite a hefty ten-second penalty for causing an accident.

“Welcome Daniel,” Martin Brundle said in a comment, “we missed you.” The Australian was also voted driver of the day.

After a dismal 16th place at the United States Grand Prix last weekend summing up a dismal season for the Aussie rider, Ricciardo has reaped the rewards of a bold tire strategy – and brilliant driving – to claim his best. result from Singapore earlier this month. and his third best result of the season.

“He is driven with fire in his stomach, hunger and aggression,” commented David Croft, praising the veteran McLaren.

After dropping from 11th to 13th on the first lap, Ricciardo took a bold gamble to complete a very long first stint on medium tyres, lasting 46 of the 71 laps before finally stopping in the pits. This meant he could switch to the faster soft tires for a short final stint and hopefully race some rivals on aging tyres.

But it almost ended in disaster. After his pit stop saw him drop back to 13th, Ricciardo gained a place on the next lap when Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou pitted. Then Ricciardo

desperately tried to dive past Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri on lap 51 – but ran out of grip and slammed into his rival, forcing Tsunoda to pit and retire.

Ricciardo was handed a ten-second penalty – something that only served to annoy the Aussie and spark a brilliant flurry of overtaking.

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Daniel Ricciardo crashed into Yuki Tsunoda.
Daniel Ricciardo crashed into Yuki Tsunoda.Source: FOX SPORTS

“He’s absolutely excited,” Martin Brundle said in a comment. “10 seconds is hard enough,” he added.

“Suddenly it turned on and it went away,” said Martin Brundle after the race.

Ricciardo was cleared past team-mate Lando Norris and then passed Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon in quick succession to roar to seventh in a simply sublime charge. Nevertheless, he could have lost the place because of his time penalty. But Ricciardo drove brilliantly to extend his gap to Ocon beyond that ten-second margin, meaning he held on to seventh place.

Meanwhile, Max Verstappen led from pole and took the win, setting an F1 record with a 14th win of the season. He surpasses Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 out of 18 races.

Lewis Hamilton finished second, having overtaken teammate George Russell for that position in the early corners of the race.

Russell finished fourth behind second Red Bull hometown hero Sergio Perez – with both Mercedes drivers criticizing the team for putting the duo on hard tyres, a bold move that clearly backfired and gave them no chance to catch the runaway world champion.

The top contenders all battled through tough conditions in Mexico, with Verstappen struggling with tires and then shifting, Hamilton struggling with power dropouts and a drastic tire choice, and Russell forced to lift and cornering (rather than braking aggressively) probably due to tire and fuel conservation or to avoid overheating.

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Red Bull Racing’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen (3-L) celebrates on the podium with second-placed British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and third-placed Mexican Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Perez after the Grand Prix of Mexican Formula 1 at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. in Mexico City on October 30, 2022. (Photo by Rodrigo ARANGUA / AFP)Source: AFP

MAX ROARS TO WIN AS RICCIARDO SHINES

Max Verstappen led the way from pole position, driving brilliantly off the line in his Red Bull to hold off the Mercedes before the first corner. Starting second, George Russell’s other Mercedes ran a bit wide in Turns 2 and 3, seeing him lose two places to Hamilton and local hero Sergio Perez in second Red Bull.

There was a lot more chaos at the back of the field, as Lance Stroll moved up five places to climb to 15th in his Aston Martin. Stroll, who picked up a three-place grid penalty after a crash with Fernando Alonso last week, was still far from happy when he complained: “I’m sliding all over the place man, I don’t have no fucking grip!”

Stroll was forced to fiercely defend Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri, who forced the Canadian wide after locking up – but remarkably did not give up after passing him for 15th. He roared down the track as Stroll was quickly caught up in a battle with Alex Albon. Gasly was then given a five-second penalty after a very late decision by the stewards.

Pierre Gasly forced Stroll into a sloppy overtake and took a penalty after failing to give way.Source: FOX SPORTS

Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile lost two places to 13th place from the start, before overtaking Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo to return to 12th on lap nine. His team-mate Lando Norris dropped to 10th from the start, also losing two places – being overtaken by the two Alpines, who led them to the constructors’ championship.

The two Red Bulls started on the soft tyres, with the Mercedes duos on the harder and more durable – but slower – mediums. This helped Verstappen and Perez to strong starts, with Perez passing Russell for third place at the third corner of the opening lap.

Verstappen held the lead until he came to a stop on lap 26, fumed at his struggling tires – and after raging, his gearbox raged.

“My front left is dead, guys,” the Red Bull star whined after complaining about the life of his tyres. After shooting himself, he moaned, “Shifts are shitty again!”

Hamilton was struggling with engine problems himself, which he complained about during qualifying.

“I still have cuts in my engine,” Hamilton said. “Still having stalls in the engine,” he added later.

Sergio Perez stopped on lap 24 from third, but a five-second pit stop was a blow. He emerges behind the two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. But on lap 27 he passed Leclerc, causing huge roars from the crowd.

Meanwhile, Verstappen pitted on lap 26, but a quick pit stop saw him emerge in third place, ahead of the two Ferraris who then pitted shortly after.

Lewis Hamilton swooped down on the hard tyres, which was an immediate success but soon fell short.

George Russell, who was leading the race after opting not to stop early, even asked if he could extend his stint on medium tires extremely long and adopt a one-stop strategy to switch to soft tires at death.

But Hamilton’s pace on the hard tires and Russell’s struggles with his tired mids saw him pitted on lap 35 for the hards. The hard tires were not to be used in the race by top contenders, but Lando Norris also took the hard ones after his first stop.

However, Russell was soon ordered to stand up and coast for fuel and tire management. “I’m not happy with this tyre,” he complained.

“This tire is not as good as the medium,” Hamilton told his team. “This tire is not good mate”, he added later, before asking again later: “Are we on the right tire mate?” Yes, was the response from its engineers.

He was told the medium tires would drop at the end meaning the rivals would struggle to die – and give them a chance against the Red Bulls. Russell was later told that Perez would have to do 20 more laps on his medium tires than Russell was doing on his own.

Dutch Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Mexican Formula One Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City on October 30, 2022. (Photo by Rodrigo ARANGUA / AFP)Source: AFP

Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, continued to climb the order as his rivals ahead of him all clashed – even going all the way up to seventh before he clashed. On lap 37, his team revealed their own bold strategy, telling him, “We’re considering Plan C.”

“Yes, happy,” Ricciardo replied.

He stopped on lap 46, dropping him to 13th, but leaving him just 25 laps to go on soft tires – and a chance to use cooler tires for a late push.

Zhou, the man he passed for 12th at the start of the race, pitted for his first pit stop on the next lap, dropping Ricciardo back to 12th – two places behind teammate Norris on the hard tyres.

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Ricciardo tried to use his fresh tires to pass Yuki Tsunoda on aging mediums for 11th on lap 51, but after a multi-corner pass attempt he crashed into the AlphaTauri at Turn 6.

Tsunoda was forced out and limped back to the pits before retiring with damage, apparently to his front suspension. Tsunoda roared, “What the fuck is he doing!?”

Ricciardo was given a ten-second penalty – but it ignited the shine.

“He’s absolutely excited,” Martin Brundle said in a comment. “10 seconds is hard enough,” he added.

Ricciardo was cleared past team-mate Lando Norris and then passed Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon in quick succession to roar to seventh in a simply sublime charge.

“Welcome Daniel,” Brundle said.

On lap 65, Norris passed Bottas, before Alonso’s engine failed and forced him to retire to the side of the road, causing a virtual safety car that lasted just two laps. But that slowed Ricciardo’s charge.

Meanwhile, Russell was complaining desperately about his tyres, thinking he had a flat. “I think we should box.”

It would have given him a chance to get an extra point for the fastest lap of the race – but would have cost him a chance to pass Sergio Perez for third place. He was told not to prick.

Russell replied, “Why are we standing outside? The tires are gone!”

“Their tires will be worn out more than you,” his team replied.

But it didn’t pay off. Russell would clash later in an attempt to get the fastest lap bonus point.

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