Red Bulls have been tamed since F1's summer break

MEXICO CITY (AP) Max Verstappen and Red Bull were riding high at Formula One's summer break. The driver and team have been in a funk ever since.

And returning to a favorite track in Mexico City may not get them out. Not with Ferrari and Mercedes flying around the track and Lewis Hamilton taking aim at a career sixth season championship.

Red Bull and Verstappen appeared ready to rumble with Mercedes over the stretch run of the season when Verstappen stormed to wins in Austria and Germany, then took pole position in Hungary. Only a late-race strategic move for new tires allowed Hamilton to hunt him down over the final laps to snatch victory in Budapest.


Formula 1 Leaders: Points
1 L.Hamilton 338 9
2 V.Bottas 274 3
3 C.Leclerc 221 2
4 M.Verstappen 212 2
5 S.Vettel 212 1
6 C.Sainz Jr. 76 0
7 P.Gasly 73 0
8 A.Albon 64 0
9 D.Ricciardo 42 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 35 0
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