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Race Report by Aramco

Mexico City

Hermanos Rodriguez
2022 season
Mexico City GP
SebastianVettel
14th
RACE POSITION
11th
DRIVER STANDING
Sebastian's profile
LanceStroll
15th
RACE POSITION
15th
DRIVER STANDING
Lance's profile

Sebastian and Lance both gained places from their grid positions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but were unable to take points home from the Mexico City Grand Prix after a challenging event for the team.

2022 season
Mexico City Grand Prix circuit figures
1.5
Number of pitstops
19
Longest stint (laps)
152.5
Total laps in Mexico City
656.5
Total km in Mexico City
SebastianVettel
14th
Final position
16th
Starting position
+2
Positions
N/A
Points
LanceStroll
15th
Final position
20th
Starting position
+5
Positions
N/A
Points
Mexico City GP
Fastest lapM:S.MS
1.23.086
Sebastian
1.22.463
Lance
Max speedKM/H
344.6
Sebastian
344
Lance
Practice laps
78
Sebastian
67
Lance
Qualifying laps
10
Sebastian
10
Lance
Race laps
70
Sebastian
70
Lance
Total laps
158
Sebastian
147
Lance
Luckily, we did not lose too much ground in the fight for sixth in the Constructors'.
Sebastian Vettel
Mexico City GP

Sebastian Vettel

"Overall, we were just a little bit too slow today. At the start of the race, I could hold on to the cars in front of me, but then I was a bit unlucky to get tangled up with Yuki [Tsunoda].

"His car was damaged, and he came back onto the track right in front of me – I lost too much time and was an easy target for the others.

"The car did not feel too great and the afternoon was a bit of a struggle – but, luckily, we did not lose too much ground in the fight for sixth in the Constructors' Championship."

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel
On the move with Pierre, he braked late and passed me but did not give me any room.
Lance Stroll
Mexico City GP

Lance Stroll

"The start was great; it was definitely the highlight of the race.

"On the move with Pierre [Gasly], he braked late, passed me but did not give me any room. However, it would not have really changed our day if that had not happened.

"There were fun moments out there passing other cars, but we struggled a lot with our pace and the tyres.

"We will try to understand this dip in performance and see how we can make progress to maximise the final two races of the season."

Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll
This was an afternoon of damage limitation – we will pick up the fight again in Brazil.
Mike Krack
Team Principal
Mexico City GP

Mike Krack

"This is a race where you need to skilfully manage the brakes and tyres. And, despite the best efforts of our drivers and engineers to do just that, we were never really in a position to capitalise.

"Lance drove another typically charging opening lap to jump five places, and Sebastian was precise and clinical all afternoon – but he just did not have the pace to fend off a gaggle of faster cars.

"In the battle for sixth in the Constructors' Championship, this was an afternoon of damage limitation – we will pick up the fight again in Brazil next month."

Mike Krack
Mike Krack

Your guide to Mexico City

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Insight and Speed

01

Altitude

The distinctive element of this venue is its incredibly high altitude. This affects the cars in several ways: downforce and drag are both reduced, due to there being less air to move. Also, the output from the power unit is reduced, and the cooling on the cars is more difficult to manage.

02

Safety Cars

The appearance of a Virtual Safety Car is twice as likely as a full Safety Car. It isn't a particularly long pitlane delta time, so it can be possible to make a 'cheap' pitstop in the event of an interruption during the race. The retirement rate is also below the norm – just three DNFs on average.

03

Overtaking

Harder than it appears. The effect of the slipstream is lower than at other tracks, due to there being less air to punch through. This also makes DRS less effective. Regardless, there are three zones, and the majority of the overtakes (around 70 percent) happen into Turn One at the end of the long straight.

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Unlocking the Lap

Turn One may appear no different to many similar corners on the calendar, but it is a challenge. The approach-speed is one of the highest on the calendar, which makes finding a braking point tricky, and the lack of downforce due to the altitude only adds to that. Additionally, the exit needs to be compromised heavily for the chicane that immediately follows.

The Esses – Turns Seven through to 11 – is where the cars will usually rely the most on the downforce. With aero grip drastically reduced – despite teams running very high levels of wing – it makes this sequence of fast bends all the trickier. Turn 10 in particular is tough and it is easy to lose stability through this corner.

Concluding the lap are Turns 16 and 17. The sharper of the two right-handers – named after Nigel Mansell – is crucial to the lap, while also setting up the next one for the very long pitstraight that follows. The last corner, while still called Peraltada, is a shadow of its former self but requires a tricky balancing act on the throttle to maximise acceleration on to the main straight.

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21.5
The active volcano Popocatepetl is located just 43 miles southeast from Mexico City.
25
Mexico City sinks at a rate of 50 centimetres per year – a rate that may increase in the future.
157.5
The Great Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico measures 315 metres wide on two of its sides.
65K
The Foro Sol stadium, situated at Turns 13 to 15, has a capacity of 65,000 people.
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