The Tour of the Americas, the Formula 1 Circus, continues after the stop in the United States won by Max Verstappen two weeks ago.
As in Austin, F1 is reconnecting with a destination, Mexico City, which was removed from the calendar due to the pandemic last year.
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, named in memory of brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, who both died tragically on the track, should prefer Red Bull Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez, who, for his part, can count on the support of his fans.
With the engines being less efficient due to less dense air, the Mercedes team looks at a disadvantage compared to its great Austrian rival, whose engine is made by Honda. The circuit is actually located 2,285 meters above sea level, which encourages teams to adopt formations with strong aerodynamic strength.
In this game, Verstappen must seize his opportunity to widen the gap in the tournament. The Dutchman is 12 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the top of the cumulative standings.
Offering a series of slow and fast turns, the design also stands out for its geared section of a stadium usually filled to its full capacity.
After an absence of just over 20 years, Mexico regained its place in the world championship in 2015. Since its return, only three drivers have won the championship: Nico Rosberg, now retired, Hamilton and Verstappen who have won twice.
So we can expect another heated battle between the lone drivers in the title race in 2021.
Desirable third place: Just 3.5 points separate McLaren and Ferrari, who are vying for third place in the constructors’ championship.
Last year, the British team beat Racing Point (formerly Aston Martin) on the last leg of the season in Abu Dhabi to take third place representing millions of dollars in the treasury.
Confidence reigns: Ferrari arrives in Mexico as excited as Red Bull. “Strength is a less sensitive aspect on this track, which allows us to get much closer to the two big teams,” said Mattia Binotto, head of Scuderia. Its drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, are sixth and seventh, but only 5.5 points between them.
Triathlon: The Mexico City Grand Prix is the first stop in a three-race series in three weeks. Next, F1 will travel to Brazil (November 14) and Qatar (November 21).
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