Sainz on the Mexican track this weekend. / JOSÉ MÉNDEZ

Carlos Sainz records one of his best races of the year at the Mexico Grand Prix

The Madrid native finished sixth to maintain Ferrari's place above McLaren in the Constructor's Championship

NEVE MATTHEWS

The Mexican Grand Prix, hosted at the Hermanos Rodríguez Autodrome on Sunday, saw Carlos Sainz record one of his self-professed "best races of the season", having finished in sixth place.

The usual suspects, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Pérez claimed first, second and third respectively.

The Madrid native, who races for Ferrari, has been in the points for the last 11 races, a reliability that has given the Italian team the upper hand against McLaren in the Constructor’s Championship.

Ferrari are now 13.5 points clear of McLaren in the standings, having won eighteen points as opposed to McLaren’s one at the Mexican track.

“We put together probably one of my best races of the season in terms of pure pace with an unlucky bit at the start – but today we were really quick,” said Sainz.

“[We showed] very strong pace all day. We did what we wanted, which was to outscore McLaren by a fair bit. We had a good opportunity this weekend, we managed it, and now we go into the last four races of the season with the upper hand in the championship.”

Fernando Alonso, who finished ninth and won a point in the Alpine, also expressed his satisfaction with the race, saying that it was “well-executed”.

"We are back in the points and I think we have to be happy, because that was the goal. It was a complicated weekend. We didn't do a good job on Saturday and we were able to do a little better today, so we added more points for the team," he summarised.

The next challenge for Alonso awaits next weekend in Brazil, where he has "double motivation" to win more points against AlphaTauri, Alpine’s greatest rival in the Constructor’s Championship. Alpine and AlphaTauri are currently neck-and-neck with 106 points apiece.