On the opening lap, Perez and Verstappen both had excellent getaways and were almost able to swallow up both of the Ferraris on the front row.
With Verstappen taking the lead on the inside of the long run down to Turn 1, the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc found himself sandwiched between the Red Bulls.
Perez took the opportunity to brake late and attempt a sweeping move around the outside for the lead, but his adventurous approach led to contact with Leclerc.
This resulted in Perez’s RB19 jolting off the ground and suffering major damage both to the side pod and the floor, effectively retiring him after just one corner.
Red Bull team principal Horner took a supportive approach after this disappointment for Perez at his home race. Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, the British team boss opened up on his drivers' results at the Mexican Grand Prix.
“Very contrasting,” Horner stated. “I mean another amazing performance by Max but for Checo, absolutely gutting. At his home race and he had a rocket ship of a launch.
"He had so much momentum going into that first corner, you can’t blame him for going for it to try and take the lead at his home race."
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