Mexican Grand Prix: Formula 1 race announcement
In the next weekend in Mexico City will be the next stage of the Royal races.
The Mexican Grand Prix appeared on the Formula One calendar a long time ago, in the early 60s. However, despite this, only the 18th official Grand Prix in history will be held this season.
The upcoming race, like all previous ones, will be held on the track in Mexico City. Initially, the circuit was named Magdalena Miksuka, as well as the urban area where it was built. And later it was renamed the Rodriguez Brothers Circuit – in honor of the Mexican racers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez, who died during performances in Formula 1.
At one time, the Mexican highway was subjected to harsh criticism, as well as many reconstructions, because of which the Grand Prix fell out of the calendar for long periods. However, in recent years, the organizers have managed to make some progress, so that the races are often spectacular here.
As for the situation in the championship, the intrigue here is almost dead. Lewis Hamilton could win another title at the stage in Austin, but failed to win and postponed the championship to Mexico.
Now, when until the end of the season there are three races, Hamilton enough to finish in the top 7, regardless of the results of Vettel. If the German wins, and Lewis becomes the eighth or lower – the struggle will continue. Last year, with a similar situation, Vettel and Hamilton faced at the beginning of the race, Lewis finished only ninth, but this was enough for him to get the fourth title.
This year, there is no doubt, Hamilton will want to issue the fifth title more beautifully – at least on the podium.
Venue: Mexico City, Mexico
Track name: Brother Rodriguez Circuit (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez)
Length of the circle: 4,304 km
Racing distance: 71 circle = 305.354 km
Circle record: 1: 18.785 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari, 2017)
Winner in 2017: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
The main feature of the route in Mexico City is that it is located at an altitude of 2285 m above sea level. Naturally, this factor affects both the work of the power plants and the condition of the racers.
However, engineers in Mexico also have a hard time, because here it is extremely difficult to find the right balance. For all the turns, it is simply impossible to do this, and the main difficulty is created by aerodynamics, which, although adjusted to the maximum level of downforce, in the thin air still presses the car less than on the highway in Monza.
The instability of the car makes riders make mistakes where it has always been difficult to overtake. This route will be an excellent test of skill and the nervous system of pilots.
A preliminary forecast for the Grand Prix of Mexico promises rainy weather during the days of the race weekend. On Friday afternoon thunderstorms are expected in Mexico City at an air temperature of + 23 ° C. On Saturday, the temperature will drop to + 19C, cloudy, torrential rains. On the day of the race it will clear up – partly cloudy, no precipitations and up to + 20C.
Pirelli will bring the softest tires to Mexico – UltraSoft, SuperSoft. All are already familiar with these types of rubber, but what will wear out in the coming weekend, it is difficult to predict. Probably, the tactic will depend on how much the softest rubber compound will be enough, but the duration of the pit stop will also play a role.