Mexican GP betting tips: High altitude favours Max Verstappen in Championship showdown

After managing his tyres superbly to take the win in Austin last time out, Max Verstappen may find it slightly easier in the high altitude of Mexico City.

The Mexico City Grand Prix will follow an intense race in Austin last time out, with Max Verstappen upsetting the pre-race predictions to beat Lewis Hamilton to victory.

With that, the Red Bull driver upped his lead in the World Championship to 12 points over the reigning champion, and the next two races are predicted to favour Verstappen's car.

This is because of the altitude of the circuits in Mexico and Brazil, with the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez sitting 2200m above sea level, making this weekend's race the highest of the season.

In recent races, this has favoured Red Bull's engine, with Verstappen taking victory in 2017 and 2018 in dominant fashion - with huge winning margins of 19 and 17 seconds respectively.

Hamilton won the last iteration of the race in 2019, but Red Bull are thought to hold the upper hand heading into this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Mexican Grand Prix, 2019

The roles could reverse in Mexico though, with Hamilton being more than capable of pulling off one of his standout drives to take victory.

Mexico City hosts one of the most passionate crowds of the year, with the majority out in support of home hero Sergio Perez, but the track offers unique challenges to boot.

The long start/finish straight combines with a variety of high, medium and low-speed corners at the circuit, which makes it tricky for the teams to find a suitable car setup.

The 890m run from the starting line to Turn 1 is one of the longest of the season, which not only makes their getaway crucial, but they will have to check their mirrors more than usual as there is plenty of room to jostle for positions.

Whatever happens, it'll be another intriguing weekend as Formula 1 heads back to Mexico after a year away.

(All text odds correct and time of publication, the odds in the pretty blue boxes are bang up-to-date)

Planet Sport picks for the Mexico Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, Formula One, Red Bull, Austin Grand Prix

After his exploits in Austin and his car's performance, it's unsurprising that Verstappen is the 8/11 favourite to take victory on Sunday.

But don't discount Perez from the equation - he has taken consecutive podiums and, if any issues arise for the Dutchman, he could be well positioned to win his home race. At 12/1, that would represent value - but several factors would have to swing in his favour for that to happen. A punt at 5/6 on a podium finish is more likely this weekend.

In the midfield, AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda is looking to get in the mix for points on a regular basis, having earned a ninth-place finish in Austin. He's priced at 5/4 to finish in the top 10 once again.

Other Mexico Grand Prix value bets

Charles LeClerc, Ferrari, Formula 1, US Grand Prix

Ferrari appear to have made a significant step forward in the past couple of races, with their new engine performing well and Charles Leclerc looking in excellent form behind the wheel and, crucially, looking in better shape than McLaren in their battle in the Constructors' Championship.

With that in mind, don't fully count Ferrari out of a podium finish in Mexico. Leclerc is available at 7/4 to finish in the top three, while team-mate Carlos Sainz is out at 5/1.

At the front, should Verstappen beat Hamilton, the Mercedes driver will want to minimise the damage as much as possible by taking the point for fastest lap - as he did in the United States. He's priced at 2/1 to drive the quickest lap of the race on Sunday.

When will the action take place? (All times BST)

Practice 1: Friday 5 November, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Practice 2: Friday 5 November, 9pm-10pm

Practice 3: Saturday 6 November, 5pm-6pm

Qualifying: Saturday 6 November, 8pm

Race: Sunday 7 November, 7pm

How do I watch?

The race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, and the build-up begins at 5.30pm on Sunday.

Extended highlights are shown later that night on Channel 4 from 11.35pm.

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