Max Verstappen says his dominant Formula 1 victory in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix ranks among the easiest races of his racing career after a commanding display at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for Red Bull.

Verstappen seized the lead of the race on the opening lap after muscling his way past Sebastian Vettel, and ultimately crossed the line 20 seconds clear of the pack to record his third F1 victory.

The result saw Verstappen continued his strong finish to the season after a win in Malaysia and a podium in Japan, with the Dutchman always having confidence he could fight at the front in Mexico.

"I was confident that the car was going to be good, because just looking at the long-run pace, it was very easy for us to do quick lap times. We just had to make sure the balance of the car was correct to be able to sustain that," Verstappen said.

"The start itself was not great because I was very high on the limiter which is not great, I don't know why. But then it was actually perfect because I had a good tow on Sebastian and went around the outside in Turn 1.

"From there on I was just doing my own race to be honest. This was actually one of my easiest races of my whole career."

Verstappen's victory acted as a perfect response following his controversial penalty last weekend in Austin, with the Red Bull driver wryly joking he considered cutting a corner to get a penalty just to spice things up.

"Actually I was so far in front, I was like let's cut a corner so we get a five-second penalty just to make it more interesting!" Verstappen joked.

"No... It was a good race, I was very happy about that. Of course after last week, this is a great result."

 

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