The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez will be the setting this weekend for a new battle between the dutch pilot Max verstappen (Red bull) and English Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) by the title of Formula 1 World Cup, a statistically elusive scenario for the interests of Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine).
The Grand Prix of Mexico, the eighteenth appointment of the calendar and the second of the three that America will host, awaits another duel between the first two classified in the championship, separated only by twelve points and on a circuit that is not excessively unfavorable to the leader’s car.
The strategy gave Verstappen a more than valuable victory in the United States Grand Prix ahead of a Hamilton who finds himself in an unusual situation in his current era of ‘big circus’ dominance. Used to firmly dominating the championship and without leaving too many loopholes for his rivals, the seven-time world champion is twelve points away from his eighth crown with five races still to be disputed and that are exciting.
The Stevenage driver has in his favor the experience that his titles give him against Haselt, less used to this situation, although the Englishman has already made it clear that the Red Bull driver has been in F1 long enough to handle that pressure of having to go ahead.
However, the difference between the two does not leave an excessive margin of error for either of them in this Mexican event where both are the favorites for both Saturday’s pole and Sunday’s race. Nobody on the grid, except them, knows what it’s like to win at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, a circuit where Mercedes, more affected by the altitude, loses power advantage over Red Bull.
The altitude too Yes, it can be a help for the Monaco’s cars Charles Leclerc and from spanish Carlos Sainz, sixth and seventh classified in the World Cup. The Madrid-born, seventh in the United States penalized for another bad pit stop by his team, is 5.5 points behind his teammate and hopes to extend his streak of ten consecutive Grands Prix by scoring at a circuit where, however, he has never done so. made with two thirteenth places as the best results in five visits.
For its part, Fernando Alonso will try to establish himself in the top 10 of the classification and adding points again after two races without much luck in Turkey (sixteenth) and the United States (abandonment) supported by the new power unit that changed in Austin. Tenth place in 2017 with McLaren is his best result at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Schedules of the GP of Mexico
First practice session 18.30 – 19.30.
Second practice session 22.00 – 23.00.
Third practice session 18.00 – 19.00.
Qualification 21.00 – 22.00.