أرشيف وسم ‘ Mexican Grand Prix ’

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mixed emotions after Lotus secure midfield slots

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado expressed different emotions after securing 12th and 13th positions on the grid respectively for the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday. Grosjean believes the Lotus E23 Hybrid performed better than expected at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez while Maldonado was underwhelmed with the feel of the car. "We’re at a very high altitude, at a track with very low grip, requiring good downforce – which we know are not our strongest points - so we weren’t massively confident of our performance heading […]

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Verstappen upbeat after bouncing back from Friday crash

Max Verstappen expressed his delight after setting the eighth fastest time during qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, despite missing the bulk of Friday's second practice session due to a crash. Verstappen was fastest in the first 90 minute outing but slid into the wall exiting the Foro Sol Stadium during the early stages of the second session and was forced to watch from the side lines. Verstappen nonetheless recovered from the lost track time and progressed through to Q3, where he edged out the […]

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ricciardo feared exit from Q2

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo admitted he was unhappy with the feel of his RB11 throughout qualifying and at once stage feared he would not progress through to the top 10 shootout in Mexico. Ricciardo will start the Mexican Grand Prix from fifth place on the grid, behind team-mate Daniil Kvyat, but reckons Red Bull struggled for pace in qualifying compared to the preceding practice sessions. "In practice we looked pretty good and all through qualifying I wasn’t really that happy," he said. "We struggled […]

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hamilton confident with race set-up

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he is confident of his prospects for the Mexican Grand Prix despite missing out on pole position to team-mate Nico Rosberg. Rosberg secured his fourth straight pole by topping qualifying in Mexico but Hamilton has won the three most recent races and clinched his third title last weekend in Austin. Hamilton believes that the different set-ups on the Mercedes W06 Hybrids will play to his advantage in race trim. "I was getting everything out I could from the balance I […]

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rosberg heads Mercedes 1-2 in final practice

Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes 1-2 during the final practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix. Rosberg clocked a time of 1:21.083 to finish the session 0.067s clear of Lewis Hamilton, who sat out the first half of the session. Red Bull built on its Friday practice pace with Daniel Ricciardo a tenth adrift of Rosberg in third place, while Daniil Kvyat was fifth. Sebastian Vettel split the Red Bull drivers but team-mate Kimi Räikkönen endured a troublesome session. Räikkönen finished down in 17th place […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Kvyat hopes Red Bull can maintain pace

Daniil Kvyat is hopeful that Red Bull will be able to translate its Friday practice pace into a strong qualifying result at the Mexican Grand Prix, following an encouraging outing for the team. Kvyat was second quickest at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. and was backed up by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. "Conditions were changing quite a lot today and as you expect with a new track, it was evolving a lot too," he said. "How things are right now, we look very […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Mexico lack of grip 'crazy' - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton described the lack of grip at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez as 'crazy' following Friday's practice sessions at the circuit. Formula 1 has returned to Mexico after a 23-year break and Hamilton had a low-key day, placing fourth after a spin in the second session. "It was really challenging out there today - for everyone I think - but also a lot of fun," he said. "The track feels more like a go kart track in the slow areas! It's crazy how slippery it […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Rosberg quickest in second Mexico session

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the quickest time during the second practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix. Rosberg posted a time of 1:21.531 on his second flying lap on Option tyres to finish 0.245s clear of Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat. Daniel Ricciardo was a tenth adrift of his team-mate in third position, with Lewis Hamilton suffering a spin at Turn 4 en-route to fourth spot. Ferrari collected fifth and sixth courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, the German driver narrowly behind Hamilton […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Verstappen heads opening Mexico session

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen set the quickest time as Formula 1 returned to Mexico City after a 23-year absence. Verstappen posted a best time of 1:25.990, despite a spin at Turn 1 earlier on, to finish 0.305s faster than Red Bull counterpart Daniil Kvyat. However, replays showed Verstappen exceeding track limits by cutting one of the Esses on what appeared to be his flying lap. Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen was third quickest, having matched Kvyat’s lap time. Sebastian Vettel was fourth, ahead of Red Bull’s […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Teams braced for Mexico altitude challenge

Formula 1 power unit providers are braced for a challenge in Mexico this weekend due to the altitude of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The circuit, which returns after a 23-year absence, sits 2,200 metres above sea level, the highest venue on the Formula 1 calendar, three times higher than Interlagos. With only around 78% of the Oxygen present at sea level, the turbo charger must work harder to deliver the same power output, while cooling will also be an issue. "Top speeds […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

'Dream' to race in Mexico - Perez

Force India driver Sergio Perez says competing at his home race is a 'dream' as Mexico prepares to return to the calendar for the first time since 1992. Formula 1 has not visited the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 23 years and Perez will be the only home representative on the grid this weekend. "It’s definitely a big dream for me to be able to race in my home country," he explained. "It’s been more than 12 years since I raced in my country, so definitely […]

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mexican Grand PrixView

Both world titles have been wrapped up in favour of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for a second successive season but any fears that the sport could languish in a ‘dead rubber’ should be extinguished as Formula 1 returns to Mexico after a 23-year absence. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the only ‘new’ venue on the 2015 calendar though in reality the circuit is about to enjoy its third stint in the sport. The parkland venue joined Formula 1 between 1963 and 1970 before returning for […]