Alex and Logan preview Mexico City

Published on
26 Oct 2023
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Our driver duo and Head of Vehicle Performance preview the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix

We are approaching the halfway stage in a triple-header that takes us across America, and the team have been looking ahead to what's in store in Mexico.
With four races to go, all eyes will be on the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez ahead of a return to the usual race weekend format.
Here’s what Alex, Logan, and Dave Robson, our Head of Vehicle Performance, had to say:

Alex Albon

This will be Alex’s second time racing in Mexico City, and he’s excited to return to the circuit.
"I’m looking forward to returning here as the weekend has a great atmosphere, with very passionate fans," he said.
"The track is quite unique which can make things challenging and mightn’t suit our car necessarily, but I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with a normal weekend format, which we haven’t had for a while."
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Logan Sargeant

Logan is riding a wave of momentum after scoring his first F1 point at his home race last weekend.
"I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car in Mexico this weekend," he began.
"It’s a unique track with unique characteristics, so it's nice to be back to a normal format weekend.
"Hopefully we can build off a good result in Austin and keep progressing forward."
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Dave Robson

Finally, Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson is expecting our visit to Mexico City to provide a stern challenge for the FW45 this weekend.
"The circuit in Mexico City is characterised by the altitude; sitting 2200m above sea level means that the air pressure is low," he began.
"The low pressure means that despite running large rear wings, the drag and downforce of the cars is low. Cooling the PU and the brakes is also difficult, and the turbo needs to work very hard to keep the ICE running correctly.
"The cars need to be agile in the low-speed but remain stable in the high-speed section.
"The wind and temperature are normally quite stable and predictable in October and we can expect mostly benign conditions throughout the weekend. However, there is a threat of rain early in the weekend and this may affect track running.
"As this is a standard event format, we have an opportunity to conduct some testing during the three free practice sessions. This will include testing some development tyres that Pirelli have provided to each driver.
"With Las Vegas being a new track and Brazil a sprint event, this is the final serious opportunity to test before the season finale in Abu Dhabi."
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