Formula 1: Mexican Grand Prix
Venue: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico.
Race Date: 30th October 2022
The race for the Formula 1 Driver’s Championship is over, with Max Verstappen asserting his dominance in seemly every race he enters and whilst the chasing pack remains competitive, it has been all about the Dutchman in 2022. Winning ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix last time out was another timely reminder of just how much Red Bull have ruled the roost this season and who knows how far they can go moving forward. Mexico promises to be a stern test for all, with Sergio Perez sure to be the key draw on home turf.
With only 3 races to go in the Formula One season, it is very much now or never for some drivers and teams in Mexico here: –
Having won at this track in both 2017 and 2018, Dutchman Max Verstappen certainly knows what it takes to get over the line in the Mexican Grand Prix. He has been in sublime form of late, epitomised by his impressive win at the American Grand Prix last time out and stopping him looks to be impossible currently. Complacency could be the only thing that catches the Dutchman out here but if he’s on form, he is the hot favourite once more in Mexico.
Ferrari have ebbed and flowed throughout the campaign and Charles Leclerc will be keen to attribute it to being a learning curve ahead of 2023. Having started the season so well, Leclerc has gone off the boil in the Championship race this season, but he still has a quick car and he can piece it together wonderfully at times. Mexico will provide a stern test, one that he should be up to, making Charles Leclerc the under the radar shout in 2022.
Home advantage can often go a long way in the world of Formula 1 and Sergio Perez will be the toast of Mexico City, as he chases glory in his super speedy Red Bull car this weekend. Perez has maintained a sustained level of consistency for his new team this year and whilst Verstappen remains way out in front for individual honours, Perez has done a huge job for Red Bull this season and how he could love to cap it with a win in his home Grand Prix, after finishing 3rd in the race in 2021.
Two-time Mexican Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton knows it is very much now or never if he wants to secure a race win this season. A better showing at the American Grand Prix last time out will give the 7-time World Champion hope but his performances this term haven’t been at the heights of previous campaigns. Conditions should suit Hamilton and he looks to be finally grasping his Mercedes, making him an outside shot at least.
Top Six Finish
2022 has thrown up its fair share of thrills and spills already this season and there will be plenty of racers fancying their chances of cracking the top 6 in Mexico this weekend:-
It has been a well-documented season of inconsistency and change for Ferrari, but they look to have a serious competitor in their ranks in Carlos Sainz. He never gives up in any race, making him a candidate for a top 6 finish here in Mexico.
Mercedes have had a tough campaign all round, but George Russell’s consistency has been a beacon of hope moving into 2023. The young Brit seemingly has pace to burn and a great racing mentality, making him a candidate from the off here.
Fellow Englishman Lando Norris hasn’t been able to back up his 2021 showing for McLaren this year but he is another drive that can never be discarded, and he will enjoy racing with the shackles off here in Mexico.
F1 Mexican Grand Prix Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Max Verstappen – 11/20
Top Six Finish: Carlos Sainz – 1/5