Lewis Hamilton to explainThat he and Valtteri Bottas, who starts from pole position, must work as a team to destroy the thrust that Max Verstappen had predicted at the start of the Mexican Grand Prix.
From the starting point on the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez track, the first braking distance was just over 900 meters, and the Russian track did not exceed this distance. While we can be certain that the rarefied air on the Mexican city’s high-altitude track limits the merits of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez – the Red Bull pilots started in the second row – the lack of a turn like Sochi can actually increase that traction. Hamilton thinks about this:
“It’s a little different, presumably tall (like the Russian), but I don’t know exactly. I feel exactly the same length, but obviously in Russia there’s much more air resistance and more traction. It’s smaller here, but there’s still a draw, and you need To know that Valtteri and I will undoubtedly work as a team to try and keep the team on top.”
Starting from second place, Hamilton He could get traction from Bottas starting in the shaft, but with a one-line lineup to do so, he would risk Verstappen gaining an even greater advantage. Bottas emphasized the difficulty of the task ahead:
“As Lewis said, maybe the air resistance here is a little less, but I think it would take a very good start to keep the first two places. If the guys behind us were a little bit better on them, they would be in the lead.”