2017 Mexico Grand Prix – Preview

Battle continues with Round 18 of the 2017 season from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

  • Toto Talks Mexico
  • Stat Attack: Mexico and Beyond

Toto Talks Mexico

Austin was a very special weekend for our Team. The headline was the fourth consecutive championship win – a very proud achievement for every single one of us. But just as important was the way we won the race, claiming pole position and then controlling it from the front, after passing our direct rivals on track.

That kind of performance confirmed we are continuing to develop the car in a good way – and applying the learning from our difficult days, to iron out the inconsistencies we saw earlier in the season. Lewis is doing a superlative job, and we saw he was in control of the race at every single point. Valtteri got swallowed up by the cars that converted to two stops, but he showed very strong pace during the grand prix and took another step forward in how he was using the car. There is still more to come from him.

Although the constructors’ title is now secure, we are only halfway to hitting our objectives for the season. When we set our targets at the start of the year, it was to become the only team to win both championships across a major regulation change. We now have to complete that job with Lewis, who is in the best possible position with three races remaining. We know that anything can happen in this sport, and that the tables can be turned on you very quickly. So there will be no let off in our vigilance and attention to detail in these final rounds. We will be racing to win.

Our target may be clear – but it will not be easy to achieve this weekend in Mexico. This is an unusual circuit where the cars run at maximum downforce owing to the high altitude. Some of our most difficult weekends this season have come with the car running at maximum downforce, so we expect a tough and close-fought battle with both Ferrari and Red Bull. It will be important to be at the very top of our game if we want to get the job done.

Stat Attack: Mexico and Beyond

2017 Mexico Grand Prix Timetable

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

 

 

 

 

 
*Change from BST to GMT/CEST to CET on Sunday 29th October 2017

Circuit Records – Silver Arrows at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

  Starts Wins Podium Places Poles Front Row Fastest Laps DNF
Silver Arrows 2 2 4 2 4 1 0
L. Hamilton 2 1 2 1 2 0 0
V. Bottas 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
MB Power 2 2 5 2 4 1 1

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Stats – Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)

  Laps Completed Distance Covered (km) Corners Taken Gear Changes PETRONAS Fuel Injections
Silver Arrows 6,658 33,575 108,037 325,349 266,320,000
L. Hamilton 3,029 15,411 49,563 148,968 121,160,000
V. Bottas 3,420 17,248 55,548 167,185 136,800,000
MB Power 18,872 95,490 306,014 923,670 754,880,000

 

 

 

 

All-Time Records – Silver Arrows in Formula One

  Starts Wins Podium Places Poles Front Row Fastest Laps 1-2 Wins Front Row Lockouts
Silver Arrows 165 75 150 86 153 55 39 49
Lewis Hamilton 205 62 116 72 117 38 N/A N/A
Valtteri Bottas 94 2 19 2 6 2 N/A N/A
MB Power 435 161 417 169 333 150 64 85