Max Verstappen believes that the RB19 race car does not suit the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City due to its handling, but expects competition in qualifying, and acknowledges that the car’s performance may be different compared to previous years due to new regulations and changes to the brakes.
‣ The Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City does not suit the RB19 race car well due to slow corners and kerbstones.
‣ Max Verstappen expects serious competition in Mexico, especially in qualifying.
‣ Past success in Mexico does not guarantee success this year due to new regulations and changes in the car’s performance.
‣ Verstappen had brake problems during the US Grand Prix due to a failed adjustment made on Sunday and high tyre temperatures.
In a recent post on his personal website, Max Verstappen shared his thoughts on the upcoming race weekend in Mexico. According to Verstappen, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City might not be the best fit for the RB19 race car: “I don’t think this circuit necessarily suits us very well if you look at the handling of our car this year. There are some slow corners and kerbstones here, which our car does not excel at.”
Verstappen also expects tough competition in qualifying, but remains optimistic about the race itself: “I expect a lot of competition, especially over one lap. That will be close. About a race distance, I don’t know. Normally our race speed is good.” He acknowledges the fact that Red Bull has performed well in Mexico in the past, but reminds us that “cars are different every year, so also the behaviour and characteristics of the car.”
Verstappen believes that this year’s new regulations, as well as adjustments made to their power unit, could impact the performance of the RB19 compared to last year. He explains, “We seemed to have an advantage with our power unit for a few years at this high altitude with thin air, but it seems most engine manufacturers have got that under control now.”
Reflecting on the US Grand Prix, Verstappen discusses the brake problems he encountered during the race. He reveals that Red Bull had made a change to the brakes from Saturday to Sunday, which turned out to be a poor decision. The high tyre temperatures in Austin further exacerbated the brake issues, affecting the consistency and tire management of the car.
Verstappen’s statements give us insight into his expectations for the upcoming race in Mexico and shed light on the challenges Red Bull has faced with their car’s performance. As fans eagerly await the race, it remains to be seen how the RB19 will fare on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.