Double figures for Lewis Hamilton: it’s his tenth seasonal victory: his driving skills accompanied by a wide race interpretation lead him to take the best result also when the first row is completely Red. Ferrari fan may be very disappointed since the increadible amount of 9 poles in the season gave birth to only 3 seasonal wins. Max has returned back to his previous “version”: the talented driver with a lot of heat and less reasoner. It’s pity because this weekend he showed the performance to be head of all.

Ham win

Before the race analysis: what did we see on Saturday’s qualifying?

The Mexican track confirmed to be very challenging for the teams. Ferrari confirmed the advantage on long straights belonging to sector 1. The gap with Mercedes was of 3-4 tens in favour of Maranello. The time gained from the Italian team was reduced to “only” 2 tens if we compare the first sector of Red Bull. It’s a fact that Verstappen got the fastest lap in Q3.

Limiting the gap with Ferrari was the key to catch the fast lap in Quali which didn’t mean Pole Position this time: the young “Bull” driver broke the safety rule keeping full throttle despite the accident occurred to V. Bottas.

At first time, the stewart seemed to choose the path of no-penalty but the Vertappen statements at the press (and due to rising rumours inside the Circus) had no choice but to punish Mad Max (3-place penalty on grid). It was another turning point of the weekend since Verstappen had shown increadible pace and consistency throughout the entire weekend.

Under these circumstances, Hamilton was probably slower than Vettel, Verstappen and also Bottas: as Charles he had the strength of doing a good first attempt.

Bottas incidente

Race analysis


Another potential victory spoiled by Ferrari. The guilty side this time is the strategy (again).

The fastest pace and consistency were probably the ones of Verstappen but his race was ruined at the very first conrner after the start due to his rashness. Vettel closed the race to Hamilton in a very hard manner but from Canada GP the new political direction is not to take actions for these kind of manouvres.

Ferrari strategy was a flop.

The low-drag baseline configuration provides advantages in the long straights in qualifying but lead to higher wear during the race. It’s probably related to the the concept of the car and cannot be corrected with the setup without losing much lap time. Even though, if you start 1-2 from the grid, you’re expected to bring home the win: and what’s more is that it’s not the first time it happens.

Ferrari wanted to protect Leclerc from Albon but the Red guys didn’t catch the real danger coming from Hamilton. I still don’t understand the reason of mounting the medium (yellow) compound on Leclerc: that move uncovered the strategy of 2 pits which would have been follwed by Leclerc. Why not using the hard and then having the double choice of another pit stop or finish the race?

Moreover, why simply copying the Mercedes strategy and Hamilton? Ferrari top speed makes the car difficult to be overtaken: in these situation it’s better to make the same moves of the opponent (remember Alonso in Ferrari stuck behind Perez (due to Force India top speed).

Mercedes. Every possible chance is taken.

We’re at the end of the season. We know the quality of Mercedes in tyre management. In the car consistency is supported by an accurate and balanced strategy you get there: on the top of the podium. Also on the Mexican weekend Toto & Co. showed to be very sly on strategies. It’s very likely they weren’t 100% sure to finish the race with Hamilton. However, they carried out thier decision considering what done by Ricciardo and Verstappen with the hard compound (66 laps for the Red Bull driver at the end of the race).

Vettel: it’ a Sebastian who seems to have found a little ligth out of the tunnel. Not 100% perfect throughout the weekend but we’re attending to his come back. Great tyre management and good strategy on his side, not well supported by the team. GRADE: 7/10.

Leclerc: This weekend he didn’t have the same pace of Sebastian, despite the Pole Position. For the entire race he had to control the tyre wear on his Ferrari. Many faults are not his but of the team instead. GRADE: 6.5/10.

Bottas: He had the speed. But he doesn’t have the shoot when it counts. The perfect driver to support a champion-level driver as Hamilton. GRADE: 7/10.

Hamilton: we already know that when he complains at the radio it’s going to be difficult for the other drivers. Very good strategy, great tyre management. Still he doesn’t need to overtake to get 1st. GRADE: 8.5/10.

Verstappen accident

Perez: the reliable and fast driver we’have know these last years. He suffered the attacks of Ricciardo but great defense. GRADE 8/10.

Albon: not still fast as Verstappen, but the important are the points brought home which from his arrival are more than the one of his teammate.     GRADE 7/10.

Binotto and strategists: 9 poles and 3 wins. It’s not (only) bad luck. The percentage of fails it’s too high: in this weekend the evolution of the track was underrated. The 15° C more that the previous days had an immense impact on tyre working range: which turned out in less graining on the Pirelli. As Arrivabene said last year, Ferrari needs a practical-on track thinker to win races. And if it’s not enough, pit mistake on Leclerc stop: +3.5 sec (at least). GRADE: 4/10.

Some more sentences are devoted to M. Verstappen: this GP was the chance to win. He recoverd from the accident of the first lap with an amazing pace. A total amount of 66 laps on hard tyre! Next week he’ll probably have another chance in a circuit where also last year came very close to the victory. GRADE: 5.5/10.

Verstappen Hamilton Mexican 1

What are your thoughts? Let’s write us in the comments!

21 replies
  1. Christena
    Christena says:

    Everyone loves it whenever people get together and share opinions.

    Great site, keep it up!

  2. oprolevorter
    oprolevorter says:

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent information being shared freely out there.

  3. Tesgo
    Tesgo says:

    Thanks for posting this awesome article.

    I’m a long time reader but I’ve never been compelled
    to leave a comment. I subscribed to your blog and shared this on my
    Facebook. Thanks again for a great article!

    • Prestice
      Prestice says:

      Our team is glad to hear this appreciation. From the begininng of 2020 a new sequence of lessons about racing mechanics!

  4. José Melo
    José Melo says:

    Its like you learn my thoughts!
    You seem to know a
    lot approximately this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you simply can do with some percent
    to pressure the message home
    a little bit, however other than that, that is
    blog. An excellent read.
    I will definitely be back.|
    I visited many web sites but the audio quality for audio songs present at this web page is
    really superb.|
    Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a
    lot of spam responses? If so how do you prevent it,
    any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it?s driving me mad so
    any support is
    very much appreciated.|
    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!

    It?s the little changes which will make the most significant changes.
    Thanks for sharing!|
    I really love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself? Please reply back as I?m wanting to
    create my own personal site and want to find out
    where you got this from or what the theme
    is called. Many thanks!

    • Prestice
      Prestice says:

      Thank so much for the comment. At the moment we manually approve the comments and we do not rely on spam plugin filters even if they may be available as wordpress plugins. We worked a lot to reach the current level of graphics. As said in the previous comments we use Enfold as theme but the graphics is completely homemade!

  5. L M Esthetique Elle & Lui
    L M Esthetique Elle & Lui says:

    Somebody necessarily
    help to make critically posts
    I would state. That is the first time I frequented your web page and up to now?
    I amazed with the research you made to make this actual put
    up extraordinary. Magnificent job!|
    Heya i am for the primary time here.

  6. École Esthétique professionnelle
    École Esthétique professionnelle says:

    Thanks for publishing this awesome article. I’m a long time reader but
    I’ve never been compelled to leave a comment. I subscribed to your blog and shared this
    on my Facebook. Thanks again for a great post!

  7. Mpgcpa
    Mpgcpa says:

    You made some good points there. I looked on the web for more info about the issue and found most people
    will go
    along with your views on this site.

  8. Dyan
    Dyan says:

    I like it when folks come together and share opinions.
    Great website, stick with it!

  9. Spencer
    Spencer says:

    I?ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I desire to read even more things about it!

    • Prestice
      Prestice says:

      For sure, from the beginning of 2020 a new series of lessons about mechanics in racing!

  10. says:

    This is my first time visit at here and i am actually pleassant to read all at
    single place.

  11. Empty
    Empty says:

    A really fascinating go by way of, I could not concur entirely, even so you do make some genuinely legitimate factors.

  12. Amy
    Amy says:

    I’ve been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet
    I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as
    you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.
    Saved as a favorite, I like your web site! I will immediately grasp your rss as
    I can’t in finding your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me recognize so that I may just subscribe.

    • Prestice
      Prestice says:

      We’re proud of your interest! Dear Amy, if you want to subscribe, you can find the “subscribe button” on the bottom of the our homepage or on the lateral bar of the post page. See you soon!

Comments are closed.

Where do you want to share this post?