Track Changes Afoot Ahead Of Mexico
Running off the beaten path has always been a thing associated with grand controversy. Especially so when you’re a world class Formula 1 driver competing for a world class title and when running off the track and onto the grass is seen to impose an unfair advantage on your driving prowess.
This was the stark reality for Lewis Hamilton during the 1st lap of last year’s Mexican Grand Prix. Well, in part in anyway. Hamilton wasn’t penalised as the race officials refused to believe that he had gained any advantage in the way of an overall lap time.
However, when Max Verstappen performed the same (accidental) trick later on and by so doing gained a decided advantage over Sebastian Vettel, race officials started to frown. The powers that be were in fact so convinced of the unfairness of the advantage that a penalty was imposed on Verstappen, effectively knocking him from his third place on the podium.
The sordid goings on have now moved the hand of FIA to come down hard and strong on Turn 1 at Mexico City.
Speed bumps have recently been installed between Turns 1 and 2 as well as between Turns 2 and 3. This means that drivers who veer from the track will effectively have to move around the speed bumps, costing them valuable time and in essence, evening out the score board.
Hamilton En Route To Fourth World Title
Hamilton is currently in the lead and 66 points ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton has really gone all out the entire season and hasn’t missed a single podium finish since Hungary. Despite the fact that the track at Mexico is very well suited to Ferrari, the mathematical probability of Hamilton not winning his fourth Formula 1 World Title is slim.
Mexico City consists of long straights and slow corners. At first glance it’s hard to believe that this would be a problem for any Formula 1 car. Upon closer inspection of Mexico’s exact position above sea level however, an altogether different scenario emerges. The thin air effectively means that the cars produce a lower down-force, something which is particularly ill-suited to Mercedes technology.
It must be a cushy comfort to Hamilton that even in the event of him finishing the race in 5th position, he will still win the title.
Even if Sebastian Vettel wins the race.
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