Preview for 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix weekend as Max Verstappen looks to make history around Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
With the driver and constructors’ titles all sorted, Red Bull can afford to relax this weekend and begin focusing on next season, although Verstappen heads to Mexico looking to make history for most victories in a single season (excluding sprint races) as he chases a 14th win of 2022.
Sergio Perez meanwhile enters his home race battling Charles Leclerc for second in the championship, whilst George Russell, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton look to keep their fading hopes alive in the race for second.
Elsewhere, Alpine and McLaren continue to scrap over fourth in the constructors’ standings whilst Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin likewise do the same over seventh and Haas battle AlphaTauri for eighth position respectively.
Now, here is everything you need to know ahead of 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix.
Circuit: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Race Distance: 305.354km
Tyre Compounds: C2, C3, C4
|Friday 28 October||FP1||7:00pm|
|Friday 28 October||FP2*||10:00pm|
|Saturday 29 October||FP3||6:00pm|
|Saturday 29 October||Qualifying||9:00pm|
|Sunday 30 October||Race||8:00pm|
*Race will take place at 8pm GMT because clocks go back one hour at 2am on 30 October.
** FP2 will last 90 minutes due to a Pirelli tyre test taking place in the session.
Five Key Pointers
- Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is situated at high-altitude which will place huge pressures upon the turbo section of power unit and cooling within the car.
- Strong reliable brakes will be important given the potential high temperatures and limited cooling opportunities due to the thin air.
- Avoiding contact in the opening corners of the race will be crucial to keeping to planned race strategies.
- Red Bull have often been the form team to beat in recent visits to Mexico and have performed well overall this season, so expect to see them perform well here at Perez’s home race.
- Slipstreming along the very-long main straight proved crucial at race start in 2021 meaning that the front row might not be the best place to start if those behind can get a tow to Turn One.
Last Time Out
Mercedes claimed a front-row lockout in 2021 with Valtteri Bottas on pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton but at lights out, Verstappen achieved a great launch off the line to slipstream both Mercedes drivers and seize the lead into Turn One.
Verstappen proceeded to never look back as he sped away to a comfortable victory en-route to his maiden F1 title, ahead of Hamilton who fought off Perez for second at the Mexican’s home race.