The Paddock is almost ready for the eighteenth Grand Prix of the season in Mexico City, to move, then, to Austin a week later.
The Mexican fans are waiting for the Formula 1 cars to run on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the charactheristic circuit where Lewis Hamilton celebrated, last year, his fifth world title.
For this year's edition Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, has selected the C2 as the White hard, C3 as the Yellow medium, and C4 as the Red soft. The same selection has been made for the American Grand Prix.
This year Hamilton has again the chance to win the championship for the sixth time in his career.
Last year he classified just fourth, while the winner was Max Verstappen with a two pit-stop strategy, followed by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
“Mexico has always been a tough and unpredictable race with a fantastic atmosphere: especially in the stadium section, where the drivers say that they can hear the fans cheering." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "There are some good overtaking opportunities over the course of the lap, and we’ve also seen a number of different strategic approaches in the past, as well as quite variable weather conditions. The altitude of Mexico City definitely affects the cars and the set-up, and this has a knock-on effect for the tyres as well. Even a high-downforce setting can feel like low downforce, so there can be a lot of sliding. Once more, we’ve brought a harder selection of compounds compared to last year: this should enable drivers to push the tyres to the maximum”.
Here are the sets available per driver for the Mexican Grand Prix.
Mexico is a relatively new circuit that has its roots firmly in the past, and it contains a bit of everything. Tyres from right in the middle of Pirelli’s range have been chosen for both legs of Formula 1’s American double-header, with Mexico going first this year, followed by the United States a week later. So at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – named after Mexico’s two most celebrated racing drivers – we’ll see the C2 as the White hard, C3 as the Yellow medium, and C4 as the Red soft. Last year, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ title at the Mexican Grand Prix: this year he has another chance to seal the championship once more in Mexico City.