The Mexican Grand Prix brings the Formula 1 circus to one of the most enthralling, fast paced and entertaining of all venues on the grid.
Ever since marking a return to the F1 calendar in 2015, which was after spending no fewer than three years in the wilderness, the Mexican Grand Prix has upheld the triumph of some of the fastest men on the grid.
Think Lewis Hamilton’s triumphs in 2016 and 2019. Forget not that the driver who’s nailed two back-to-back world titles starting 2021, Max Verstappen has clinched three wins here.
Another win here would definitely make the famous Dutchman the most successful driver at the now famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
But will that happen? Who’ll hold the upper hand over a contest spread over not less than 71 laps?
Max, Lewis or any driver belonging to the Scarlett red team?
We shall have to wait for that one. However, what’s clear is that the following drivers definitely need to deliver a strong Mexican Grand Prix of 2022:
Lewis is an absolute legend of the grid. Who knows what may have happened if there were more laps remaining in the last Formula 1 race, i.e., the US GP (COTA)?
Hamilton’s second was by far one of his most successful and accomplished drives of this season.
But again, that was then; what about now?
What can the legendary seven-time world
champion do at the contest that’s about to go live shortly?
Remember his last win here at Mexico came in what is now called the pre-Covid era courtesy a dominant drive in 2019.
Knowing the Briton’s proclivity to go fast and burn rubber in a dominant fashion it would be a fool’s errand to discount a Hamilton win.
Though for that, bagging a front row start would be ideal.
So is that gonna happen?
A smashing win at Silverstone, a first for him. A great pole at the US Grand Prix and unwilling to bow down to the great challenge that Charles Leclerc has posed in the intra-team rivalry this season.
All are Sainz of great progress for a driver of immense ability and one whose best days lie ahead of him.
Truly speaking, if 2021 was the year where Carlos Sainz led Ferrari’s charge handing them a massive advantage in several races, such as Sochi, then 2022 has been about recovering some lost form.
Silverstone was amply evident of the fire and resilience of a very skilled driver and then several lost chances indicated that the Madrid-born still had work on his race craft.
Can the soon-to-begin Mexican Grand Prix give Sainz a chance at victory. Or will we see the very promising Spaniard deliver a disappointing run akin to the ones seen at the Dutch GP (P8) and the two DNF’s in the contests that followed?
There are good drivers. There are great drivers and then there are multiple world championships winning icons. You know well where to place a certain Sebastian Vettel in that clan isn’t it?
That said, for some Vettel’s call to retire from motorsport’s top flight is hardly spot on given the way he’s been seen overtaking other more promising machines on the grid.
A case in point was that critical lap at the US GP where Vettel was engaged in an enthralling slugfest of speed with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.
The battle for eighth did eventually belong to Seb.
That said, what does Mexico City have in store for a one in a generation Grand Prix driver!
Considering these are the final races we are seeing you in, let’s bag another memorable driver for Aston Martin.
In some ways, it’s rather bewildering that the best race finish for a driver of Ricciardo’s ability has been his fifth at Singapore.
But even that’s now in the past.
For someone who now knows that a seat in 2023 ain’t happening and perhaps rightly so since he’s hardly been in form, there’s not a lot that Daniel Ricciardo can do, except driving a rocket of a race here at Mexico.
Maybe in some ways it’ll be pain relieving of sorts in that there’s not much that’s gone the Aussie driver’s way.
Remember he’s also had two DNF’s this season.
That’s in addition to a lot many lost chances that he just couldn’t convert in a strong way.
The best that the Perth-born has managed here at Mexico is a fighting third that Daniel Ricciardo got courtesy his spirited effort in 2016 with Red Bull.
He’d like to absolutely target a points finish to say the least.
With all the talk of Red Bull being slapped with a mega multi million dollar fine siding evidence of them overspending in the previous season, Verstappen much like his team principal Horner has faced a lot of flak.
Those who were anyways not convinced of his 2021 world title as being a deserving victory are now out with furore that’s even more deafening and to them, the team and its winning driver are just cheats.
In that regard, a smashing victory here at Mexico City will totally calm some nerves and bring Red Bull to the forefront of everyone’s focus once again, albeit in a more positive manner. Isn’t it?
Going by his successful past record that’s replete with 3 race wins here, there’s hardly a doubt about the Dutchman’s ability to ace Mexico City.
But the key question is, is that on the cards? It’s all to play for qualifying and then, the main race!