FIA Formula 1 is getting closer to the end of the season in 2022, as we drive to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. There are just three races left before the break, but the tension seems to be high since there are still surprises in the pockets of teams and drivers. On the eve of Mexico Grand Prix 2022, let’s look at the most relevant facts, key news, predictions and weather forecast at Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Sergio Perez is the headline maker of the week.
Perez is a Red Bull driver who can make history as a vice-champion of the F1 drivers’ championship, already here in his homeland of Mexico City. To call Checo’s fans tiffosi is to say nothing. People love and have the highest respect for their Mexican F1 driver. Just to feel . Checo-manina, no less.
Yes, you can argue for hours either way, but Perez gave all he had in the Red Bull race to bring his team to the podium. Either Verstappen and Perez struggled with technical issues or they were battling start-to-finish with Ferrari, but Perez was pushing hard even when both drivers were fast.
It was Perez, however, who won the Mexican Grand Prix a year ago. Wrapping had been celebrated for more than a week. Trying to find the most appropriate word to describe how popular Sergio is here and how much support he has received.
Three years ago, it seemed we might lose Perez. The story of how Aston Martin (Racing Point) said goodbye to a Mexican driver in 2019 touched many hearts, including those of the Red Bull team’s owners. We were disturbed that Perez may lose his Formula 1 seat since he is so talented and highly supported. But this story ended well as in 2020 Sergio Perez joined up with Max Verstappen. Despite many rumors, his contract remains extended until 2024.
Currently, he is in a tense battle with Charles Leclerc for second in the drivers’ championship. Leclerc moved two points ahead of the Mexican with his fifth podium in a row in Austin on Sunday. The fight looks set to go right to the wire.
Moreover, regardless of the result of the Mexican GP 2022, Sergio Perez will dominate the headlines.
Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a challenging call.
The famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico was built in 1959 by Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez’s father. F1 car wheels touched here for the first time in 1962, just for a meeting. While the inaugural race was won by Jim Clark. It has traditionally been associated with the end of the Formula 1 season 2022. The tradition continues despite the passing of time.
No matter how positive the vibes are and how festive it is, our brave driver has no time to rest as this racing circuit is extremely difficult. In addition, you will wonder why Red Bull cars seem more confident here than elsewhere.
Daniel Ricciardo’s record here and Sergio Perez’s result from last year are examples. Yes that is exactly the case with Red Bull. In 2018, Ricciardo recorded the fastest lap at the Mexican track, clocking 1:14,759. While Valterri Bottas, a Mercedes driver, set the fastest time in 2021 at 1:17.774.
When you look at the track a bit closer, it’s evident that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has a 4.3km lap, which is very short and fast. Besides, the main challenge is the long high-speed straight, which again and again abounds with a variety of difficult turns. And it ends just as it begins with full throttle. Red Bull cars have the advantage in that area. Besides, it sits over 2km above sea level. The air is less dense, so cooling is an issue that the teams have to get their heads around.
So, yes, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are heading to the Mexico Grand Prix 2022 as clear favorites.
The weather on Mexico Grand Prix 2022 is worth attention.
The cooling issue is as significant as the weather. Perhaps it won’t be a game-changer, but it may play a significant role in the race on Sunday. Accordingly, the average temetemperature for Mexico GP 2022 is expected to be around 20-25 Celsius. While the probability is continuing to increase and is about 40% for Saturday, it is still increasing for Sunday. While on Friday there will be only 20%. Partly cloudy weather is forecast for Mexico City for the entire weekend.
Mercedes is on the way.
While Red Bull is looking to extend their run of wins having won eight consecutive Grand Prix, Mercedes is already in a strong position to compete against Scuderia Ferarri.
Leclerc had to settle for third despite finding himself in a strong position at the Circuit of the Americas. Lewis Hamilton would have been Ferrari’s target, but Mercedes had the upper hand in race trim.
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are on course for their first victory in F1 in 2022. It’s their number one goal. As a result of Mercedes’ upgrades introduced in Austin, the gap between the top two teams narrowed a bit further. Hamilton pushed Verstappen for as long as possible.
Howhever, Mercedes still seem to lack that final bit of performance, but still, as team principal Toto Wolff says, they “will fight till the end”. Let’s be honest, they are one step closer to their goal.
Mexico Grand Prix 2022 schedule (local)
Note – the timetable subject to change. Besides, Mexico City is 5 hours behind UTC. Daylight Saving Time ends in UK/Europe AND Mexico on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
|FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER|
|Formula 4 NACAM Championship||Practice Session||10:55 – 11:20|
|FIA||F1 Car Presentation||11:30 – 12:30|
|FORMULA 1||FIRST PRACTICE SESSION||13:00 – 14:00|
|FORMULA 1||SECOND PRACTICE SESSION||16:00 – 17:30|
|Formula 4 NACAM Championship||Qualifying Session||18:10 – 18:35|
|SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER|
|Formula 1||Team Pit Stop Practice||09:30 – 10:00|
|Formula 1||Teams’ Press Conference||09:30 – 10:30|
|FORMULA 1||THIRD PRACTICE SESSION||12:00 – 13:00|
|FORMULA 1||QUALIFYING SESSION||15:00 – 16:00|
|Formula 4 NACAM Championship||First Race (30 Mins)||16:45 – 17:20|
|SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER|
|Formula 4 NACAM Championship||Second Race (30 Mins)||09:45 – 10:20|
|Formula 1||Drivers’ Parade||12:00 – 12:30|
|Formula 1||National Anthem||13:44 – 13:46|
|FORMULA 1||GRAND PRIX (71 LAPS OR 120 MINS)||14:00 – 16:00|
Max Verstappen has won seven of eight races where Red Bull won. He is chasing the outright record for most wins in a single season, having tied with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel on 13 last time out.
In this rush, will he succeed in Mexico? Would Sergio Perez be able to make his homeland proud, or would fortune smile on Scuderia Ferrari? Surely we will know.