Just one week after the United States GP the Williams Martini team moves to Mexico for the 2018 Mexican GP at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. Coming off another tough weekend for the Williams team they now face this demanding circuit with its own series of characteristics to contend with. As the team sees the 2018 season draw to a close again they are hopeful of securing a good result but based on previous races again it is going to be very much the case of another difficult weekend.
We cross the border for the
final leg of the last back-to-back of the season, as we visit Mexico
City for Round 19 of the FIA Formula One Wold Championship. The
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the highest circuit on the Formula One
calendar, located at 2240m above sea level, making the conditions
challenging for both the team and drivers. We look forward to the
weekend ahead, with Mexico City’s electric atmosphere and to the fans
who come alive in the stadium section at turns 13 and 14 on race day.
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is another challenge for both teams and
drivers given the high altitude of Mexico City. This predominantly tests
the power unit, but also affects the cooling systems, as well as the
drivers and pit crew. The thin air means less oxygen so it’s physically
more challenging for everyone on the ground. The layout also has some
unique features with the spectacular stadium at turns 13 and 14 which
comes alive when full of fans on race day. For the second time in a row,
the teams have another back-to-back to handle heading into the busy
final stint of the season.
Mexico is a track which reminds me of Sochi. Due to the high location up
in the mountains, the track produces a lot less drag and downforce, which
causes the cars to behave quite differently. There is a big effect on the
tyres, due to the long straight with low drag and one of the highest
stopping speeds of the season. It is a challenging track for both the
drivers and for the teams.
The Mexican Grand Prix is probably one of my favourite tracks of the
year. I love the city; the food is great, and the atmosphere is awesome. I
had a great result in Mexico last year, finishing sixth which meant I was
tenth in the Drivers’ Championship. It is a fun weekend, with a special vibe
to the whole place, and last year I was fortunate enough to celebrate my
19th birthday on race day. In the stadium section you can’t hear the crowd,
but you can feel the ground shake beneath you as the fans are so
enthusiastic. Mexico is particularly challenging due to the high altitude
and the car is very nervous, but these challenges are the same for everyone.
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 - 15:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 10:00 - 11:00
Qualifying: 13:00 – 14:00 Sunday: Race: 13:10
Mexican GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/10/2018 02:57
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