The Mexican Grand Prix weekend has started with practice sessions, providing teams with more time to prepare and gather data after the shorter sprint race weekends, and there is anticipation of a strong performance from Max Verstappen and Red Bull while other teams, including Mercedes and Ferrari, aim to secure positions in the constructors’ championship.
‣ The Mexican Grand Prix weekend includes an additional 60-minute practice session, allowing teams to assess long run pace and potential challengers to Verstappen, Perez, and Red Bull.
‣ Previous F1 weekends have had limited practice time, but the Mexican Grand Prix provides teams with more practice sessions.
‣ Lack of practice affected Mercedes and Ferrari in previous races, resulting in disqualifications and car problems.
‣ Verstappen historically performs well in Mexico due to engine strength and the RB19 car design by Adrian Newey. Red Bull is focusing on future races, while Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin continue to fight for positions in the constructors’ championship.
The Mexican Grand Prix weekend has kicked off with the first free practice session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Unlike the previous two races, F1 drivers now have an additional 60 minutes of practice with FP2. This session will give us a better understanding of the long run pace and whether Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren can challenge Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, and Red Bull. Stay updated with all the action in the live blog below.
The last two F1 weekends, in Qatar and the United States, have been sprint race weekends, limiting practice time to only 120 minutes. However, ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, teams will have a total of 120 minutes of practice split into two sessions on Friday, followed by another one-hour session on Saturday morning. This provides much-needed relief to the drivers, engineers, and strategy teams.
Both Mercedes and Ferrari faced difficulties in the previous races due to the lack of practice. Running their cars too low to the ground resulted in excessive wear on the skid plank, leading to disqualification. Aston Martin, on the other hand, experienced car problems, limiting their practice time despite rolling out with new upgrades. Nevertheless, they managed to score good points.
In the past, Verstappen had a strong chance of winning in Mexico due to the high altitude and twisty circuit. However, the main reason for his success is now attributed to the RB19 car designed by Adrian Newey. With Verstappen behind the wheel, the Red Bull is a force to be reckoned with. It is worth noting that Red Bull has shifted its focus to 2024 after winning both titles, bringing the competition closer.
Meanwhile, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin are still fighting for positions two to four in the constructors’ championship. They must remain focused on the current season while also gathering crucial data for 2024. Mercedes introduced new upgrades in the previous race and will test their performance in Mexico to assess any improvements.