Round 20 F1 GFT AI Driver Rankings: Verstappen wins Mexico City GP, a record 16th win this season

Bob Francis - Go Full Throttle
2 min readOct 30, 2023


29 October 2023
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — For the 2nd week 2023 F1 Champion Max Verstappen did not start from Pole position, but a wild opening lap resulted in Verstappen assuming the lead and eventually his 16th win of 2023. The victory sets a new record for most wins in an F1 season by Verstappen, but drama continues for Red Bull Racing with the opening lap crash between Checo Perez and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

Mexico City GP Opening lap contact in Turn 1 as Checo Perez and Charles Leclerc collide. Perez would DNF as a result. (Image Credit:

UPDATED GFT F1 AI Driver Rankings after Round 20- Mexico City GP

No change at the top of the GFT F1 AI Rankings, but worth noting the Checo Perez DNF and Lewis Hamilton’s P2 finish continues to narrow the gap — now down to 20 points placing Hamilton in striking range of overtaking Perez in Driver points with 3 races remaining (Brazil, Las Vegas, and Abu Dhabi). Also worth noting was the strong drive by Daniel Ricciardo to a 7th place finish, moving him up 4 spots to P17 in the rankings with the 6 World Championship points scored.

Max Verstappen scored a dominant victory at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix, taking the lead at the start of the race to finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton, as he sealed his fifth win at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez — and his 16th victory of the season. (Image Credit:

How they finished

Winners Quote

“To be honest, we of course are experiencing an incredible season,” said Verstappen. “And today of course we had to start P3, but I think the pace of the car was very, very good.

“We tried to do a different strategy to everyone else and unfortunately with the red flag we couldn’t really show it. Nevertheless, on those hard tyres at the end, I think we were very, very strong.”

Up next

F1 heads to Brazil next weekend for the Brazil GP on November 5th.



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