5 THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN MEXICO

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Well that was an interesting qualifying, wasn't it? We all thought that Max Verstappen would finally take his first pole position in his career and therefore become the youngest pole-sitter in F1 history, especially after dominating all of the practice sessions, but it was his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who took his second pole position of the season to ruin the party, albeit by just 0.026 seconds! Lewis Hamilton will be third alongside Sebastian Vettel in fourth, but what can we expect to happen in the race this evening?

AN AGGRESSIVE FIGHT FOR THE RACE

We have a possible six drivers all in the hunt for the race, although I'm thinking it will be between the top four. Mexico has one of the longest runs to the first corner and the start will be crucial. The long straight could help the drivers on the second row who could benefit from a tow from the two Red Bull's.

I'm also expecting there to be some contact near the front of the race, and I wouldn't be too surprised if it involved a Red Bull, considering that the two are more of the aggressive drivers on the field, and rightfully so, they're fighting for a race win, so I wouldn't be too surprised if a Ferrari or Mercedes was leading the race at the end of lap one and there was a safety car early on.

A INTERESTING MIDFIELD BATTLE

We also have another awesome midfield battle on our hands with dozens of different strategies going on. The Renault's were the best of the rest locking out the fourth row on the grid with the Sauber's locking out the fifth row, but those two teams will be starting on the hyper soft tyres, meaning they'll probably have to pit by around Lap 10 of the race, meaning this will allow the drivers starting on the ultrasofts behind them (Ocon, Alonso and Perez) to stay out longer and conserve their tyre lifes.

With Haas at the back of the grid I'm calling it that Renault have locked-up the fourth place in the constructors championship, but the battle between Force India and McLaren hasn't finished, and I'm sure Alonso will do his best to score some points today.

TEAM-0RDERS?

The title fight has yet to be resolved, and with a six-way fight for the race win, I'm thinking there could be some team-orders at Ferrari or Mercedes.

Vettel and Hamilton will desperately want to win the race, and we could see some rather salty team-orders to allow the No.1 drivers to challenge the Red Bull's for the race win.

SOME CRASHES?

I mean with high-degrading tyres we could see some drivers locking up and crashing into others, much like Grosjean and Leclerc in Austin. The big question for me will be if any of the frontrunners will have problems like this, especially if they try and eek out their tyre life.

A RACE-WINNER NONE OF US WERE EXPECTING

With six drivers all fighting for the win we could see a driver we weren't expecting to take the win. Who says we should rule out the two Finn's on the third row of the grid? They'll have some good slipstreams and will be able to protect their tyres and they'll be behind the race-leaders.

The Mexican GP begins at 19:10 GMT tonight. Don't miss it!

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Comments (6)
  • Come on Rick. ;)

    1 month ago
  • I don't know, I can see Vettel doing some amazing here. Called it here first.

    1 month ago

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