Track Preview; 2015 Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City

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Lewis Hamilton wins the United States Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Sebastian Vettel in third place. This meant that Hamilton secured his third world championship which is a fantastic achievement and well deserved after a great performance this season.

Also McLaren, Toro Rosso and Force India managed to secure points from the United States Grand Prix which is much needed for all the teams concerned.

Heading into the race weekend, it has been announced that Force India has requested an advance in payment in order to meet payments with their suppliers and avoid a repeat of what happened this season; even though they have lodged an EU complaint recently.

There are also rumours of Toro Rosso completing an engine deal with Ferrari; even though there have been rumours that this may not go ahead.

Here’s the facts and figures heading into the race weekend…

Facts and Figures

  • The Mexican GP was a non championship event in 1962 at the Magdalena Mixhuca circuit until 1970
  • The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez circuit then hosted the Mexican GP from 1986 until 1992
  • The race track was named after the brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez who sadly died in racing accidents
  • The last race saw Nigel Mansell winning the Grand Prix for the Williams team in 1992
  • Jim Clark is the most successful driver to win the Grand Prix with 3 wins
  • Lotus is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with 4 wins
  • Race Distance: 4.484km
  • Turns: 17
  • Lap record: N/A

Last five winners of the Mexican Grand Prix:-

  • 1988- Alain Prost
  • 1989 Aryton Senna
  • 1990- Alain Prost
  • 1991- Riccardo Patrese
  • 1992- Nigel Mansell

My top five finishers of the Mexican Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the Mexican Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Daniel Ricciardo

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieve so far this season, I believe that Rosberg has to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he can win races and that he is still just as good as his team mate.

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend to show why he is this year’s champion. But Sebastian Vettel I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this race; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently. And finally, I believe that Raikkonen and Ricciardo could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 3.45pm and 7.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 3.45pm and 6.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 5.30pm
  • BBC- Saturday (Qualifying highlights) 10.45pm, Sunday (Race Highlights) 10.30pm

 

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