McLaren will give IndyCar driver Pat O'Ward a second chance to test a Formula One car in free practice in Abu Dhabi as they look to make the Mexican their back-up driver. https://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1703087332474122666 According to the rules, McLaren has to leave another free practice to a rookie this year, after they filled the first one with Ocar Piastri, who made his debut as a regular driver in training in Bahrain, and according to the original plans, this honor went to Alex Palou. However, since the latter did not decide to join McLaren's IndyCar team, they looked for another plan in Woking. O'Ward will therefore take part in the first free practice in Abu Dhabi, as well as in the tire testing, which will follow the last race of the F1 season on Tuesday. McLaren team boss Andrea Stella says it is
Behind us is the third free practice, the general before the qualifiers, which was convincingly won by Red Bull in front of Mercedes, which today had no weapons or resources against the Austrian team. This time, the fastest in the red bulls stable was Sergio Perez, who was just under two tenths faster than his teammate Max Verstappn. Third place was won by Lewis Hamilton and his astonishment on the radio "What? Six and a half tenths?" With a lag of half a second (0,65 seconds). it was eloquent enough that much work awaited the mechanics and engineers in the camp of silver arrows. Max Verstappen had to hand over the first place in the third training session to his teammate Sergio Perez. Very good performance of both AlphaTauri cars, where Tsunoda was faster than Gasly, in the foreground also at
Sergio Perez dreams of winning the home race in Mexico, which is finally possible for him, as he arrived in his home country with a team and a race car that can take him to the top step. Perez spent his first season at Red Bull with mixed results, but after two consecutive podium finishes in Turkey and the USA, he is going to the home race very confident. "I am very excited and very much looking forward to this race. In my country I have been very supportive throughout my career in the formula and I always like to perform in front of home fans. The support I receive in Mexico is really exciting, the fans have always encouraged me already at a time when my career was just beginning.https://twitter.com/redbullracing/status/1456265828505042944 It's nice to finally have a team and a race car with which to
Max Verstappen celebrated in a race in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton won his fifth title in fourth place. Sebastian Vettel was second and Kimi Raikkonen third. Valtteri Bottas won fifth place in the second Mercedes. The race was best started in the lead by Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamillton, who broke through to the first two places, Daniel Ricciardo slipped from first place to third. In the background, Esteban Ocon hit Nice Hulkenberg in the second corner, injuring the front wings. Part of that landed under Fernando Alonso’s race car, which he resigned soon after. At the same time, Kevin Magnussen drove off the track when overtaking Lanc Stroll in the first turn. Among the leaders, the first to change tires were Mercedes racers, followed by Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Only a few more minutes separate us until the race in Mexico, when we will most likely get a new, old world champion. Lewis Hamilton will be chasing his fifth world title from third place, second in a row, which would put him on par with legendary Argentine racer Juan Manuel Fangio in terms of the number of titles. The only one who can still prevent this is Sebastian Vettel, but his task will be anything but easy. The German must win urgently, and Hamilton must not finish higher than eighth place. Both Red Bull racers will also have their reckoning, starting the race from the first starting line. In the qualifiers, Daniel Ricciardo overtook his teammate, who otherwise dominated in free practice, thus preventing him from becoming the youngest racer to win the best starting position. The way to the first
Daniel Ricciardo won the best starting position before the race in Mexico, and his teammate Max Verstappen will start the race from the first starting line. The Red Bulls thus confirmed their good form from free practice and occupied the first starting line. From the second starting row, the race will be started by the only remaining racers in the title fight, Lewis Hamilton was faster than Sebastian Vettel. The third starting line-up this time is entirely Finnish, Valtteri Bottas was better this time than his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen. The best of the rest this time was Nico Hulkenberg in seventh place, with Carlos Sainz starting the race, and both Sauber racers, Charles Leclerc ahead of Marcus Ericsson, will start the race from the fifth row tomorrow. In the first part of the qualifiers, they dropped out somewhat expectedly, both dir
Nico Rosberg was also the fastest in the last free practice before qualifying for the Mexican GP. The German is chasing second place in the overall standings after his teammate at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, already became the world champion of this season a week ago. In the last practice, Hamilton was a good hundredth of a second slower than Rosberg, and the third was Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo. The training was marked by a slippery track, on which practically all racers had problems. The technique, however, tempted Ferrari racer Kimi Raikkonen, who parked his car with an engine failure shortly after the start of training. His teammate Sebastian Vettel finished training in fourth place, with a two-tenths of a second difference. Due to the fast track configuration, there were differences as well
Ott Tanak became one of the victims of difficult speed trials at a rally in Mexico. The Estonian's front right wheel mount broke when braking before one of the turns, so he and his co-driver became only passengers in a Ford Fiesta, which crashed down the slope into the lake and sank in it. Fortunately, no one was injured, and co-driver Raigo Molder was sober in the accident that he rescued all the speed test notes from the sinking car. The M-Sport team decided to put the car back into operation, and although it waited ten hours underwater, the mechanics, assisted by both Tanak and Molder, managed to repair the Fiesta overnight. The gearbox, fuel tank, cooling system, all electronics, brake system had to be replaced, and the engine, which was
Bernie Ecclestone has announced that Mexico will return to the Formula One racing calendar next season. The Rodriguez Brothers racetrack was initially included in this year's race calendar, but no contract was signed. This is now signed until 2020, with the possibility of extension for another five years. The last race in Mexico was held in 1992, and it was won by Nigel Mansell. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez hosted Formula One races for seven years, from 1986 to 1992, and a total of 16 races were held in Mexico.
Sebastien Ogier survived a close encounter with a closed lock at the eighteenth speed test, and on the last day, after the resignation of Mads Ostberg, he passes with almost a three-minute advantage. Ogier lost almost half a minute when he and co-driver Julien Ingrassio had to stop and open the lock on the Otates stage, but their advantage was so great before that the lead was never threatened. Second-placed Mikko Hirvonen had a flat tire on the same HP. The Finn thus lost almost two minutes of time, bringing Thierry Neuville closer to him in third place in just 7.5 seconds. Neuville also lost some time after his Ford Fiesta started to overheat and he had to slow down a bit. Dani Sordo and Nasser Al-Attiyah remain in fourth