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5 things to watch out for at the Mexican GP

30w ago

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Has anyone recovered from the fact that Kimi Raikkonen won the race last weekend? No? Me neither.

No matter, the F1 circus moves onto Mexico, the scene of Lewis Hamilton's championship win in 2017, and likely to be the setting for his 2018 championship victory too.

With Ferrari finding their mid-season form again, and a strong Red Bull car expected this weekend, it's not going to be easy for Hamilton though. Unfortunately for Sebastian Vettel, the title battle is all but over for, but expect the German driver to be strong at a track where he scored pole position last season.

The fight for fourth rages on as well. Haas and Renault need every point they can scrounge as we head in to the final three races. This weekend could be another cracker.

Here are five things to watch out for in Mexico:

A NEW FIVE TIMES WORLD CHAMPION

Okay, admit it. We all thought it was going to happen last weekend, right? Well it didn't, but with Vettel's clumsy spin, and Hamilton's third place in Texas, it means that the Brit only has to finish seventh in Mexico to win the title. Basically he just needs to turn up.

HOME SUPPORT

The Mexican fans love their F1, and with Sergio Perez staying in the sport for another year, they have plenty to cheer about. Racing Point Force India look strong too, and a decent result could be on the cards for the home hero.

A RESURGENT RAIKKONEN?

People may have scoffed at this a week ago, however, Kimi proved he still has the speed and racing nous to fight at the very top. Will his victory in North America have given Raikkonen the confidence for a repeat performance?

RED BULL'S LAST CHANCE OF VICTORY IN 2018

Red Bull were strong in Mexico last year, and they were strong last weekend in Austin. The altitude in Mexico means that the car's straight line deficit is lessened and evens up the playing field. Verstappen is on top form, and hungry for another win. Ricciardo has been brutally unlucky, and needs a podium before he heads to Renault in 2019. Expect them to be all guns blazing this weekend - this could be their last chance of a win in 2018.

RENAULT VS HAAS

The battle for fourth in the constructors title is now the closest championship battle left this year. Renault now lead by 14 points, after a disastrous weekend for Haas at the Circuit of the Americas. However, the Enstone based team know that, in reality, Haas have the quicker car overall. Can Renault hold on? Mexico and the remaining races will be fascinating.

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