F1 returned to Mexico City for a race that promised drama following qualifying but in the end provided little via the way of genuine entertainment.
That was down to the sheer brilliance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, who took a comfortable victory to extend the lead in the drivers' standings to 19 points over Lewis Hamilton with four races remaining.
Polesitter Valtteri Bottas' bad luck returned as the Finn was spun out of contention by Daniel Ricciardo at turn one, with the cooling issues experienced by virtually everyone on the grid ensuring there was no way back for either driver.
Let's dive into what we learned at the Mexico City Grand Prix.
Talk of Verstappen inexperience must stop
So much has been made over the advantage Hamilton supposedly holds over Verstappen in the race for the title because he has been there and done that multiple times before.
This simply has to stop. At no point has Verstappen looked out of place this season, especially with the tension now ramping up in the dying stages of the year.
The unflappable Dutchman pulled off a beautifully daring move around the outside of both Mercedes drivers into turn one and never looked back on the way to a crushing 16-plus second victory over Hamilton.
The way Verstappen won feels like a symbolic moment such was his dominance and that of Red Bull, with Mercedes almost seeming slightly resigned to the reality of its rival's pace over the weekend.
Another win in Brazil this weekend and the title will almost be done. Verstappen must feel like he has one hand on that trophy already, not that he will be taking anything for granted, of course.
Mercedes on the back foot
So many things went wrong for Mercedes, from the Bottas mess at turn one to the cooling issues that prevented both he and Hamilton from launching any meaningful challenges through the race.
But in all honesty, even with a shock front-row lockout, it is hard to see how the team could have won. This was an Austrian level of dominance from Red Bull that saw Mercedes almost powerless.
The Frenchman qualified fifth for AlphaTauri, beating both Ferraris and Ricciardo before driving a superb, but rather lonely, race to finish fourth and take more vital points for the team.
With Fernando Alonso only scoring two points for Alpine, the two teams are now tied for fifth place in the constructors' standings on 106, with the French outfit ahead courtesy of Esteban Ocon's win in Hungary.
Overcoming the manufacturer might of Alpine would be a huge coup for the Faenza-based team, with Gasly outshining the car for much of the season.
With drama more than likely in the championship run-in, could Gasly take another podium in the last four races?
F1 must sort out cooling and following issues
We know that F1 2022 will aim to tackle the issues we are about to explain with a radical new set of regulations, but off the back of Sunday's race, the problems need to improve.
F1 has been privileged to have witnessed classic race after classic race this season, with almost every event filled with drama and intrigue.
But the cooling issues and the lack of ability to follow another car at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez led to what can only be described as a snooze-fest.
A few inconsequential overtakes were made at the back of the pack but other than that, only Perez's late charge on Hamilton provided any sort of entertainment, and even that was curtailed by turbulent air.
With one of the most highly-anticipated championship battles in memory, F1 must avoid repeats in the next four races so as to not tarnish the work done to drive engagement with the sport.
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