F1 Mexico GP 2021: full race start time
Mexico City GP
Mexico GP F1 2021: Timetable and race schedule.
Mexico GP, Pirelli’s choice (tyres)
Like the United States GP, the Mexico GP is back on the calendar after a two-year absence. The tyres in the middle of the range have been selected for this race: C2 as the P Zero White hard, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as the P Zero Red soft. This is the same selection as was made in 2019, when the race was held a few days earlier, but a step harder than in 2018 (when it was noticed that the C5 soft tyre was too aggressive a choice for Mexico).
Although this is also the same tyre nomination as made for COTA a fortnight ago, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez is very different in character, being much smoother, with two tight and twisty final sectors as well as a long start-finish straight as part of a rapid opening sector. This puts particular emphasis on braking, with traction a key element as well. The versatility of the P Zero tyres in the middle of the range makes them well-suited to the specific demands of the Mexico City track.
‘The high altitude in particular, as well as the circuit layout itself, always throws up a number of interesting challenges and surprises in Mexico, so it’s often an unpredictable race with a wide variety of strategic options. Last time, the medium and the hard were the main tyres that the teams focussed on during the race, so understanding the performance gap between the soft and the medium will be key for qualifying. Mexico is a historic and exciting circuit, so after a two-year absence, we’re delighted to be heading back. The race is held at roughly the same time of year as it was two seasons ago and there are no significant track alterations since then – apart from one small bit of resurfacing before Turn 1 to level out a bump – but the cars have changed a lot so it’s hard to say if the data from 2019 is still relevant”.
Max, listen to Lewis: “I won in my second year”
Hamilton wants to keep up the level of challenge with his rival, to the point of throwing a dart with the engines off against the 24-year-old. Interviewed by Sky Sports, the seven-time world champion highlighted a difference between his career and that of Mad Max, which focuses mainly on the timing of world championship victories.
While Verstappen is in his seventh participation in the top flight, Hamilton boasts seven world titles, the first of which he obtained at the beginning of his F1 adventure:
“My first title was horrendous and the approach to this was terrible. Has he been in Formula 1 for six years? I became champion in my second year. I didn’t have all this great structure around in terms of management, and I didn’t have the support to handle all the pressure I felt. I didn’t have all this experience and all the tools at my disposal, but I worked to be a good teammate and to try to help the people next to me to raise their level, in addition to other things of this kind. For me everything was different then, but I am grateful to have lived these experiences – added the number 44 – because now I know how to build my team, I know how to win with them and I know how to live the ups and downs together with the team”.
F1 2021 Wolff snubbed Horner: “Being alone and broke at 14, that’s pressure”
“Losing your father and feeling lonely at 14 and penniless, that’s pressure. Fighting for a world title I don’t even put on the scales. Some of us in front of a microphone or a camera think we are in Hollywood and become a small actor – continued Toto Wolff interviewed by the Daily Mail – and it’s great for F1, as a shareholder I’m happy. Christian understood very well that he is part of a great cast that is F1 and therefore exploits this situation. Even in the past, Bernie Ecclestone tried in every way to feed everything that could be soap operas, especially when the show on the track was not so exciting”.
Race start time for F1 Mexico GP (CEST).
Friday 5th November:
- Free Practise 1 18:30-19:30
- Free Practise 2 22:00-23:00
Saturday 6th November:
- Free Practise 3 18:00-19:00
- Qualifying 21:00-22:00
Sunday 7th November:
- Race 20:00-22:00