Mexican GP (2018)

25 Oct - 28 Oct
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Strategy Report: Why Mexico was no ordinary Grand Prix

James Allen analyses the Mexican Grand Prix, where high altitude played havoc with Formula 1’s pecking order and Red Bull leapt ahead of both Mercedes and Ferrari. This was a race that kept the strategists on their toes throughout.

How F1 teams coped with Mexico's unique tech demands

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is an outlier on the Formula 1 calendar. Held at altitude, it’s a massive challenge for the teams and the drivers as it requires a totally different approach.

Why the Renault engine was so strong in Mexico

Red Bull utterly dominated last weekend's Mexican Grand Prix and the team - and Max Verstappen - also won in Mexico City last season. Our technical expert explains the reasons behind Red Bull's big jump.

Ricciardo pole celebrations "agitated" Verstappen, says Jos

Daniel Ricciardo's Mexican Grand Prix pole celebrations left his Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen even more “irritated” at his qualifying defeat, his father Jos has revealed.

Hamilton: "No idea" where Mercedes' form has gone

Lewis Hamilton says his focus cannot slip after winning a fifth Formula 1 title because he has “no idea” why he has struggled in the previous two grands prix.

Mercedes: "F3" performance not related to wheel rims

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists that his team's decision to race without its cooling rear wheel rim spacer did not contribute to its W09 behaving like an "F3" car in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Horner credits Renault engine for Mexican GP win

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner has credited Renault with getting its sums right for the high altitude in Mexico and helping Max Verstappen to a dominant victory.

Vandoorne's worn rubber run "so impressive", says McLaren

Stoffel Vandoorne's ability to pull off an error-free one-stopper to eighth place in the Mexican Grand Prix has been hailed as 'so impressive' by his McLaren team.

How Verstappen’s dominance stole Hamilton’s thunder

In Mexico, a team that had recently slid back into a clear third-best, an engine supplier maligned all year long and a driver who had been accused of being out of control in the first part of the year completed controlled a very demanding race.

Mexican GP: Post-race press conference

WORLD CHAMPION: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) . TOP THREE DRIVERS: Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari).

F1 Debrief: Max’s insomnia, Hamilton’s horror, Ricciardo’s curse

Good morning. Welcome to your F1 Debrief from an intriguing Mexican Grand Prix that left Max Verstappen delighted, crowned Lewis Hamilton a five-time world champion, and highlighted tough times for Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

"Helpless" Ricciardo keen to hand over "cursed" car to Gasly

Daniel Ricciardo was left feeling “helpless” and ready to hand over his “cursed” Red Bull Formula 1 car to Pierre Gasly after another mechanical problem robbed him of a podium in Mexico.

Williams fined for "endangering" pit crew

The Williams Formula 1 team has been fined €25,000 for "endangering" its pit crew with an unsafe release on Lance Stroll's car during the Mexican Grand Prix.

Vettel: F1 title defeat expected, but still painful

Sebastian Vettel said losing the 2018 Formula 1 world championship to Lewis Hamilton in the Mexican Grand Prix was "a horrible moment" even though he knew it was inevitable.

Hamilton, Mercedes feeling "bittersweet" after "horrible race"

Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes Formula 1 team were left with a "bittersweet" feeling after the Mexican Grand Prix, with the Briton sealing his fifth world championship despite a "horrible race".

Mexican GP: Hamilton champion, Verstappen takes dominant win

Lewis Hamilton clinched his fifth Formula 1 title despite failing to finish on the podium in the Mexican Grand Prix, which was won by Max Verstappen.

Haas: Due diligence done on surprise title sponsor

Haas boss Guenther Steiner has defended the team's new title sponsorship deal with energy drink brand Rich Energy, insisting the Formula 1 team has done its due diligence.

Wolff fears start chaos due to top speed mismatch

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says there could be “carnage” at the start of the Mexican GP as the cars from the top three teams are lined up on the grid in reverse order of straightline speed.

Red Bull hints at "synchronised driving" plan for Turn 1

Red Bull boss Christian Horner wants Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen to not obsess with each other and instead use "synchronised driving" to hold back other cars on the run to Turn 1 at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Mercedes: Hamilton engine safe from "unusual" Bottas failure

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that the hydraulic failure that stopped Valtteri Bottas in FP3 in Mexico was “unusual”, but is confident that title contender Lewis Hamilton is not at risk in Sunday’s race.

Ocon: Sacrificing Q3 didn't feel "great"

Esteban Ocon says Force India’s decision to sacrifice a shot on Q3 for a better race strategy didn’t feel "great", but had to be done.

Hartley "not allowed" to explain controversial Gasly claim

Brendon Hartley says he is “not allowed to comment” on a remark he made disputing Toro Rosso’s claim that Pierre Gasly’s Formula 1 car was damaged last weekend.

Mexican GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS 1 – Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing) 2 – Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing) 3 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes).

Stroll cleared for second time over same offence

Williams Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll has been cleared of rejoining the track unsafely in Mexican Grand Prix qualifying, the second such incident at the same corner this weekend.

Vettel: Red Bull may end up "beating themselves" in Mexico

Sebastian Vettel says Red Bull's ongoing reliability issues gives him reason to believe he can still be a factor in the fight for victory in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Red Bulls "in a league of their own" in Mexico - Hamilton

Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton believes the Red Bull cars are "in a league of their own" at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Ricciardo pole lap "came out of nowhere" - Horner

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner says Daniel Ricciardo’s pole position lap for the Mexican Grand Prix “came out of nowhere”.

Verstappen blames braking problem for lost pole

Max Verstappen says an ongoing problem with his Red Bull Formula 1 car under braking cost him any chance of pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix.

Alonso "not too proud" of Q2 lap in Mexico

Fernando Alonso says he was "not too proud" of his lap in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, but conceded the result was still great for his McLaren team.

Mexican GP: Ricciardo denies Verstappen pole by 0.026s

Daniel Ricciardo headed a Red Bull one-two to claim pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel completed the second row.

Mexican GP: Verstappen completes practice sweep

Max Verstappen topped the final Formula 1 free practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix, completing a clean sweep of fastest times.

Upgraded Toro Rosso "what I've asked for all season" - Hartley

Brendon Hartley wants to use Toro Rosso’s Formula 1 upgrade for the full Mexican Grand Prix weekend because it has given him “what I’ve been asking for all season”.

Grosjean: "S***" penalty situation has made me cautious

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has admitted that the ‘s*** situation’ he is in with his penalty points means he is having to be extra cautious out on track.

F1's hypersofts like "driving in the wet"

The degradation of Formula 1’s hypersoft tyres has been likened to driving in the wet after drivers struggled with the softest-compound Pirellis in Mexican Grand Prix practice.

Ferrari and Mercedes woes flattering Renault's pace - Sainz

Renault's "misleading" strong showing in Friday practice ahead of Formula 1's Mexican Grand Prix is down to top teams underperforming rather than the French outfit making gains, Carlos Sainz believes.

Mercedes had to protect overheating engine in practice

Mercedes had to turn down its Formula 1 engine in Mexican Grand Prix practice because it was overheating “in a number of areas” on Friday.

Ferrari won't use new floor for remainder of Mexican GP

The Ferrari Formula 1 team will not race its new floor design in the Mexican Grand Prix, having trialled it again during Friday practice.

Red Bull confident failure won't impact Verstappen's weekend

Red Bull says Max Verstappen's challenge for pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix has not been derailed by a hydraulics problem in second practice.

Mexican GP: Verstappen tops FP2 despite late stoppage

Red Bull pairing Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo dominated Friday afternoon practice for the Mexican Grand Prix, both lapping a second faster than the rest of the Formula 1 field.

Mexican GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in first practice

Max Verstappen set the fastest time in opening practice for Formula 1's Mexican Grand Prix as Red Bull headed Renault on Friday morning.

Honda reverts to older engine spec for Mexico

Honda will revert to its previous Formula 1 engine specification for the Mexican Grand Prix, with Pierre Gasly to start at the back for the second race in a row.

Ricciardo: ‘Weird’ reliability inexplicable

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo doubts his run of unreliability can be explained, believing it is as “weird” as when he first learned about mechanical oddities aged nine.

Mexican GP: Thursday's press conference

DRIVERS – Sergio PÉREZ (Racing Point Force India), Carlos SAINZ (Renault), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Pierre GASLY (Toro Rosso), Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing).

Mercedes cleared to run controversial wheel design

The Mexican Grand Prix stewards have given Mercedes the green light to use its controversial wheel rim design for the coming Formula 1 race weekend.

Ferrari to try new floor again as Red Bull copies idea

Ferrari is to test its new floor again in Mexico this weekend, with rival Red Bull also set to run its own version of the concept.

Hartley gets Toro Rosso upgrade use in Mexico

Brendon Hartley will have sole use of Toro Rosso's upgraded front wing and floor in Mexican Grand Prix practice as the team continues to assess the new package.