Valtteri Bottas expects a better pace from Mercedes next weekend at Mexico Grand Prix. Traditionally, Mexico has been a weak track for Mercedes. However, Bottas expects a better speed in Mexico next weekend.
Mexico returned to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015. Since then, Mexico has regularly hosted races except for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the five races, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have two wins each. In addition, Mercedes qualified for pole position just twice in Mexico.
Bottas, leaving the Mercedes at the end of the season, scored two podiums in three races in Mexico. On the other hand, Mexico has been a track where the dominant Mercedes seems quite vulnerable against its rivals, Red Bull and Ferrari.
For Mexico, we know it’s usually been a bit of a weakness for us. It feels like quite a big chunk has been in the recent years from the power unit, with the high altitude.”
“But I think we’ve been able to optimise a lot since, so I would expect us to be in a better place than in the recent years. Still, on paper, we think they’re really strong places for Red Bull and we’ve just really tried to do all the learnings we can from previous years and prepare the best that way.”
“They’re not going to be easy weekends, but it’s never easy in this sport.”Valtteri Bottas
Mexico will be a crucial race for Mercedes
Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff agrees with Bottas. Additionally, Wolff believes Mercedes should approach one race at a time and see where they end up. Previously, Mercedes was the favorite at the US Grand Prix, but Max Verstappen won the race against Lewis Hamilton.
Red Bull and Mercedes have a very similar pace throughout the season. Following the Dutch GP, Wolff and Red Bull’s Christian Horner agreed that the difference between the two teams is minimal.
“Mexico was traditionally a track that was difficult for us but this season everything can change because we’ve seen that where traditionally our strong ones and they haven’t, and vice versa so I think it’s really race by race.”Toto Wolff
Mercedes is looking to bounce back at the Mexican GP. Following the previous race in the US, Max Verstappen extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 14 points. Likewise, thanks to the third place for Sergio Perez, Red Bull has reduced its gap to Mercedes.