Pirelli: Mexican Grand Prix Preview
Like the United States Grand Prix that has just taken place, the tyres brought to Mexico will be the P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft.
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers, is one of the quickest tracks of the year, and – as has been the case on a few occasions already this season – it’s the first time that the ultrasoft has been nominated there. With the race only returning to the calendar two years ago, expect to see more lap records broken this weekend.
The Circuit From A Tyre Point Of View
The Surface is quite smooth and slippery, reducing tyre wear and degradation despite the high speeds (372kph was seen in 2016). As well as the fast corners, there is also a well-known slow and technical stadium section: an interesting mix of old and new.
Pit lane is the longest of the year, increasing the stop time and so influencing strategy.Most drivers went for one stop last year, including the winner, Lewis Hamilton.
Weather can be a question mark in Mexico City at this time of year: anything is possible.
Mario Isola - Head Of Car Racing
“In Mexico, we again maintain our principle of bringing softer compounds than last year whenever possible, in the pursuit of increased performance and more exciting races. This is actually the second consecutive year that we are bringing a new tyre to Mexico, as last year the supersoft was nominated there for the first time. Only two races have been run on the current version of the track before, so it’s not one of the venues that the teams are most familiar with. This means that there will be some learning to do with the ultrasoft in particular during free practice”.