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Tech Talk: Mexico

Tech Talk: Mexico

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
Mexico was a fantastic event last year, with a tremendous crowd that clearly loves Formula One and created arguably the best atmosphere of the entire season. I can still remember the band performing before the race as if it were yesterday! From a technical point of view, the key feature of this race is the high altitude at which Mexico City is situated – giving it an atmospheric pressure of less than 80% of normal levels. This brings with it a reduction of aerodynamic forces, both downforce and drag, while the turbocharged Hybrid Power Unit is still able to deliver its normal level of power. The knock-on effect is that this circuit is tough on tyres, as grip levels are very low, and tough on brakes thanks to high speeds combined with low levels of cooling and drag. So, there are a lot of things to manage through the weekend simply to keep both cars healthy. At the same time, it’s tricky for the drivers, as they are essentially running downforce levels equivalent to Monza at a circuit with significantly more twists and turns. That creates some headaches for them behind the wheel but also the potential for some great racing, so hopefully the crowds will be treated to just that. We’ll be focused on doing the right homework to make sure we’re in good shape for the race in terms of reliability and performance. Top of our list will be to maintain the best possible conditions for a fair competition between Nico and Lewis as the title battle builds towards an exciting crescendo.

2016 Mexican Grand Prix - Timetable

Session Local Time (CDT) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30 16:00 – 17:30 17:00 – 18:30
Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30 20:00 – 21:30 21:00 – 22:30
Practice 3 10:00 – 11:00 16:00 – 17:00 17:00 – 18:00
Qualifying 13:00 – 14:00 19:00 – 20:00 20:00 – 21:00
Race 13:00 – 15:00 19:00 – 21:00 20:00 – 22:00

Weather.com Forecast (Accurate as of Tuesday 25 October)

Day Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Thursday 08 – 20°C Cloudy 20% 24mph NNE 53%
Friday 10 – 19°C Cloudy 10% 24mph NNE 56%
Saturday 10 – 20°C Cloudy 20% 19mph NNE 57%
Sunday 11 – 22°C Cloudy 20% 16mph NNE 56%

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