Hello f1 fans! Welcome to my post about the Mexican Grand Prix. It was last held in 1992. That year, Nigel Mansell was victorious. He would go on to win his only championship in that dominant year.
It starts of with a long 1.3 km straight. They reach speeds of up to 360 kph! That is followed by a chicane of 2 and then 3. There is another long straight. This a another D.R.S activation zone. This is followed by a tight twisty section of turn 4, 5 and 6. There is a short straight before you go through the fast bends of turns 7 to 11. A slightly bent straight takes you to the slow street circuit style stadium section. The final corner, named the Mansell corner is shaped like a c. It is very hard to get a good exit off the corner. Imagine going wheel to wheel in that corner! The cars have a very low downforce set up. This makes the cars go faster in the corners but slower on the straights. The track has a high altitude. Because of this, the air is thinner and the drivers reach speeds almost as fast as Monza!
Nico Rosberg again beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position. That was his 4th pole position in a row. He converted none of the previous 3 into a win. Sebastian Vettel qualified 3rd ( the seventh time he had done that this season.) He was followed by Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. At the start of the race, Rosberg had a better start than Hamilton and led into the first corner. Behind them, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo collided in the first corner leaving Vettel with a puncture.
Rosberg pulled away from Hamilton, opening a 2 second gap. Behind, there was an incident involving Kimi Raikkonen and Valterri Bottas. This was just like the incident in Russia when Raikkonen took out Bottas on the final lap of the race. I guess Bottas got his revenge.
Trying to make up ground after the the puncture he had on the first lap, Sebastian Vettel crashed after a mistake. This track was one of the lower grip circuits on the calendar. I think he carried too much speed into the corner.
This caused the safety car to come out. Now Rosberg would have to do all his hard work all over again. When the race restarted, he opened up a small gap. However, Hamilton then started to gain on him. A mistake from Hamilton sealed the victory for Rosberg. Hamilton went wide at the stadium section and lost about half a second. In the end, Rosberg won the race with Hamilton backing him up. Valteri Bottas of Williams finished third despite his incident with Raikkonen. The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat did well to finish 4th and 5th. Congratulations to Sergio Perez for finishing in 8th place in front of his home crowd. It is hard to compete with that kind of pressure.
I hope you enjoyed my post and my next one will be on Sunday. My special ‘Season Update’ post!
Fact of the day: The stadium section of the track is also a baseball stadium!