Sebastian Vettel battled strongly and the team executed a successful strategy to take seventh, scoring six points for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team in the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix. After starting from the rear of the field, Lance Stroll recovered to finish 14th.
I am pleased we could score some good points.
"I am quite happy with our performance today. We had shown competitive long-run pace on Friday and I knew that if we could hold position on lap one, we would be able to stay there and score points. We obviously benefited from the spin for Valtteri [Bottas], although it actually held me up a bit, and the damage to Daniel's [Ricciardo] car, but we managed to recover a position from [Antonio] Giovinazzi using the strategy. After that, I was on my own for most of the race with decent pace. It was a solid weekend by the team and I am pleased we could score some good points."
We did what we could from the back, but it was tricky today.
"We did what we could from the back, but it was tricky today. It is difficult to race from last place here because it is not easy to follow and overtake. The car felt good, but we were on the back foot from the start. We were hoping things would happen in front of us to help us gain places, but we needed more to go our way. The highlight of my race was the move on George [Russell] late on, but there was not much more we could do today. Now we focus on Brazil and aim to fight for points there."
Sebastian delivered a solid drive, with strong race pace.
"Sebastian delivered a solid drive, with strong race pace, which allowed him to control his afternoon and score six points thanks to a fine seventh place. Starting at the back of the grid as a result of grid penalties triggered by power unit component changes, Lance drove a good race to 14th, the highlight of which was a beautiful overtake of [George] Russell's Williams around the outside of Turn One. From here we go straight to Interlagos, a superb racetrack that will be great to race on again after missing it last year owing to the pandemic."
Mexican Grand Prix
Guide to Mexico City
From high tyre-wear to the challenge of high altitude, there are plenty of unique factors to be considered ahead of this weekend's big calls. Analysing recent car performance and historic data, our Title Sponsor Cognizant presents the challenges expected in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Cognizant's Keys to the Race
The altitude effect is a key part of racing in Mexico and affects car performance in multiple ways. Lying at 2,240m above sea level means the air pressure is lower, so both the drag and downforce produced by the cars is reduced. This creates a challenging car set-up conundrum for both team and driver.
The C2, C3 and C4 mid-range tyres have been allocated for the 10th time this season, and, while familiar, the Soft tyre usually experiences high degradation. While it requires extra management in the race, picking the correct tyres in Saturday's Q2 can prove influential to success on Sunday. Expect teams to differ in strategy, with one- and two-stop strategies both proving successful in the past.
Despite three DRS zones and the second-longest run between the start and the first braking zone (after Sochi), overtaking difficulty is considered above-average. There were just 40 and 36 overtakes in 2019 and 2018 respectively, with DRS required for over 70% of passes, reflecting the challenge of making a move outside of DRS zones.
Long straights allow drivers to hit speeds over 350km/h while a series of slow-speed, technical sections test downforce, traction and car set-up. Find out how to maximise a lap of the Mexican Grand Prix circuit with our official Cybersecurity Partner SentinelOne, presenting the key challenges behind the lap.
Unlocking the Lap
It's a 1,200m run down to Turn One, where drivers hit speeds of 370km/h (230mph) before the quickfire right-left-right of Turns One to Three, often while holding off a rival's advances.
It's a similar story for the next section: a long straight broken up by another quick left-right, followed by the double-apex Turn Six.
The slow exit gives drivers a breather before the next challenge. Turns Seven to 11 swing from right to left at speeds of over 200km/h (136mph) without a moment's respite, like Suzuka's famous opening sector.
Unlocking the Lap
Turn 12 is no longer the beginning of the famous banked Peraltada curve, but provides a distinct change of pace: into the stadium section, drivers drop from over 300km/h (186mph) for a slow and technical series of corners.
It's a tight entry point, which can catch drivers out, but the real challenge is the braking point for Turn 13, which, after clipping the inside kerb, sets up the run through Turns 14 and 15 to exit the stadium.
Turn 16 rewards good traction, and the key is to hit the kerb on the inside before powering through the following corner and back onto the start/finish line.
Mexico's Formula One history spans a thrilling 1964 title decider through to nail-biting late-season twists in the modern era, making it a hugely storied venue. Global Partner NetApp delves into the Mexican Grand Prix archives to bring you the best stats and facts from Mexico City.
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