Wehrlein: Pressure from Ocon a good thing

The decision by Mercedes to place Ocon at the Banbury-based outfit has left many suspecting that the winner of their intra-team battle will get the blessing to move further up the grid. Although Ocon has enjoyed an upswing in form in recent races, Wehrlein insists he is far from worried about the situation. “First of all, I like pressure,” he said ahead of the Mexican GP. “I have to … Keep reading

Bite-size tech: Preparations and novelties

Even this late in the season it is still fun to identify areas of the machines that up until now have gone unnoticed or unreported and this round of the championship is no exception. The Sauber C35 seen here, almost naked, displays an open section in the middle of the keel that we have yet to discuss. To be noted is the inverted metal T-bar, which although exposed in this image is … Keep reading

Ricciardo: Run-off areas making F1 drivers look bad

The F1 chief said earlier this week that drivers exceeding track limits without paying a penalty was not good for the show. “I’ve been criticised probably by everybody because I wanted to build 40cm walls around the corners. They keep saying they mustn’t go off the road, I promise they won’t,” Ecclestone said. Ricciardo agreed with Ecclestone that walls make the sport more exciting. “I … Keep reading

Haas to run new brake materials in Mexico

Brembo is continuing its investigation into what caused Esteban Gutierrez’s disc failure in Austin last weekend, which cost the Mexican a chance of fighting for the points. While there is no firm answer yet as to what happened – and whether the causes are similar to the brake issues suffered by the team in Bahrain, Malaysia and Japan – it has been decided that a new action plan will be … Keep reading

Vettel: Ferrari's approach doesn't need changing

The German has not finished in the top three since the Italian Grand Prix, while teammate Kimi Raikkonen was last on the podium in Austria in July. But Vettel reckons Ferrari is not lacking anything, and insists the team has the potential to even win a race. “I think what we need to do is exactly what we are doing,” said Vettel on Thursday in Mexico. “I don’t think we are lacking … Keep reading

Kvyat: F1 should focus on individual cases, not new rules

Most recently, the FIA announced a clampdown on drivers moving under braking in defense, a measure taken largely in response to the defensive tactics of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and one that’s garnered a positive reception from some of the sport’s biggest names. For Kvyat, however, such measures go against the goal of giving Formula 1 drivers more freedom to battle ou … Keep reading

Haryanto estimates "50/50" chance of F1 return in 2017

Haryanto contested the first half of the 2016 season with Manor alongside Pascal Wehrlein, but lost his seat to Esteban Ocon during the summer break after failing to raise the funds to complete the year. He instead took on the role of Manor’s reserve driver, and is now working towards a race seat for 2017. “It’s a shame that I couldn’t do the full season with Manor this year, but all … Keep reading

Villeneuve happy "ridiculous" moving under braking banned

Following the latest complaints against Max Verstappen after the Japanese Grand Prix, the FIA announced over the Austin weekend that it would no longer tolerate excessive moving under braking. Any driver now caught doing so, and who causes a rival to take evasive action, will be reported to the stewards for a possible sanction. Villeneuve thinks the clampdown wi … Keep reading

Massa column: Why the US Grand Prix left me with a bitter taste

The United States Grand Prix was one of those weekends that left me with a bitter taste. Together with the Williams Martini Racing team, we worked really well, and a few laps from the end of the race there was a real opportunity to have finished in fifth pace – which would have been a great reward for our efforts. But let’s rewind a little bit to the middle phase of the race when I was … Keep reading


Round 19 of 21
Mexico City, Mexico, 28-30 October 2016

The tyre nomination for the Mexican Grand Prix is exactly the same as that for the United States Grand Prix last weekend: P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft. However, the two circuits are very different, with Mexico only returning to the calendar last year following an illustrious history in its previous incarnations from the 1960s until 1992. The current layout maintains elements of the former, very fast circuit, combined with more recent technical and slower sections: making it an intriguing