Formula 1 will be in action for the second consecutive weekend as they’ll take on the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday. Despite Lewis Hamilton having won there in 2016 and having won four of the last five races, I feel like this weekend is wide open. Hamilton and Mercedes went conservative in the United States Grand Prix and he finished third. He only needs to finish seventh or better on Sunday. Do they remain conservative?
He finished ninth in this race last year and is coming off of his worst finish of the season since July. While he does have two top two finishes in three tries in Mexico and nine straight podiums on the season including eight top two’s, I don’t know if he puts his No. 44 Mercedes on the top step of the podium on Sunday. He was only fifth and seventh respectively in practice on Friday too.
What about his teammate Valtteri Bottas?
He has finishes of seventh, eighth and second respectively in Mexico. He has just three podiums in his last seven races of the season. That doesn’t necessarily sound like a race winner either.He was sixth and ninth respectively in practice on Friday as well.
The Ferrari’s were stronger last weekend and could be so again this week. Sebastian Vettel has never finished on the podium at Mexico though and has just two third place finishes in his last five starts on the year. He was seventh and fourth in the first two practice sessions. Kimi Raikkonen ended his 112 race drought but he has just one top five finish in Mexico and only two podiums in his last six races this season. He was only eighth on each of the two timing charts on Friday.
The Red Bull’s have struggled too. Max Verstappen won last year but that’s his only podium in Mexico. Daniel Ricciardo finished 20th last year and was fifth and third respectively in the other two races.
Everyone to me sounds like they’re in the same boat.