With the 2023 season beginning to hit the home stretch, F1 arrives in Mexico for the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen has already sealed the title but his teammate – Sergio Perez arrives at his home race chasing the vice-champion honour, albeit with a 39 point lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton amidst growing pressure surrounding his F1 future.
Across in the constructors’ standings, Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari are set to finish as the top three as attention focuses upon the British battle for fourth between McLaren and Aston Martin who arrive in Mexico split by just six points with three further rounds to come.
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: C3, C4, C5
|Friday 27 October||FP1||7:30pm|
|Friday 27 October||FP2*||11:00pm|
|Saturday 28 October||FP3||6:30pm|
|Saturday 28 October||Qualifying||10:00pm|
|Sunday 29 October||Race||8:00pm*|
*Race will take place at 8pm GMT because clocks in UK go back one hour at 2am on 29 October.
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.
- This weekend will see four changes for FP1 with Ollie Bearman, Jack Doohan, Isack Hadjar and Frederik Vesti driving for Haas, Alpine, AlphaTauri and Mercedes respectively, which could mean a hectic FP2 for the regular drivers vacating their seats in the opening session.
- Slipstreming along the very-long main straight can be crucial at the race start 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
Verstappen clinched a historic 14th win a single F1 season when F1 last visited Mexico with a dominant drive from lights to flag in 2022, ahead of Hamilton and home hero, Perez who finished third to complete the podium.