Mexican GP Preview – Wolff: “We’re cautiously optimistic heading to Mexico”

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Mercedes released the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix preview featuring comments from team boss Toto Wolff. You can read the full preview below!

“Race day in Austin was quite a rollercoaster of emotion,” Wolff said.

“While we didn’t quite have the pace to win, it was great to be in the mix at the front and leading the race.

The upgrades we brought to Texas delivered a step forward and we were closer to the front than we have been recently.

“Lewis drove an outstanding race to finish P2 and George scored a good haul of points despite his damaged car.

“We need to keep this momentum going. We’re cautiously optimistic heading to Mexico but the W13 can be unpredictable from track to track, so we’ll have to wait and see.

“It’s always good to be back in Mexico. The fans are fantastic and the atmosphere is spectacular every time we visit. They know how to put on a brilliant show so we’re looking forward to being back in Mexico City.

“Nyck will be replacing George in FP1 this weekend as part of the young driver session allocation.

“We’re excited to see him back in W13 and seeing how he performs,” concluded the Austrian.

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Fact File: Mexico City Grand Prix

  • The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is the third-shortest circuit on the 2022 F1 calendar, at just 4.304 km (behind only Zandvoort and Monaco). However, it has the longest run from pole position to the first braking zone and almost 10 seconds of the 811-metre straight are taken at full throttle.
  • Because of the high altitude and the low air density in Mexico City, the air is incredibly thin (meaning there are less molecules around) and transports less energy away from hot systems like the Power Unit and brakes. Therefore, cooling is a big challenge and different bodywork is required to prevent overheating.
  • The ambient pressure is the lowest of the season by far. At 780mb, the oxygen levels are 78% of what they are at sea level, and this has a big impact on different areas of a Formula One car, such as Power Unit performance and downforce.
  • Because you can run a Monaco wing level but experience Monza levels of downforce, top speeds in Mexico are the highest of the season, where the cars can achieve 336 km/h (or more with a tow).
  • The Power Unit is one of the most affected systems on the car by the high altitude, with a decent drop in engine power due to the thin air. The turbocharger makes up for some of the power loss, but not all of it and has to work much harder than it would in normal conditions.
  • Nyck de Vries will be driving the W13 in FP1 this weekend, replacing George. Teams must reserve two FP1 sessions (one per race driver) for a young driver and Nyck’s run in Mexico City will conclude our session allocations.

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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