Hamilton has Red Bull theory at Mexican GP and shares Mercedes hopes
Lewis Hamilton discusses his experience with race in Formula 1
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Lewis Hamilton believes the unique characteristics of the Mexican Grand Prix could affect Red Bull’s chances of emerging victorious. The Brit will be hoping ot record a race win before the season is out after coming agonisngly close at the US Grand Prix last weekend before being pipped by Max Verstappen.
The Mexican Grand Prix is staged at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, which is 2,240m above sea level. As a result, teams tend to use high downforce packages to try and combat the effects of the high altitude.
And Hamilton believes that could have a negative effect on Red Bull and help ensure his Mercedes is “in the mix”. Speaking to Sky Sports, Hamilton said: “It’s high altitude and maximum downforce, which forces everyone to be on maximum downforce, even Red Bull.
“I don’t know whether they were at their strongest on their maximum downforce, so we will see this weekend.
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“They were very strong here last year, and I anticipate they’ll be very strong this weekend. I just hope we are in the mix.
“Red Bull had the most powerful engine last year, and I anticipate that they’ll have the most powerful one this weekend. They have more deployment than anybody.
“They have almost 100% deployment throughout the laps, where most other people have 70% or 80%.” Hamilton also explained how much a victory for Mercedes would mean after their struggles this season.
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“It would be such a blessing if we did get a win,” Hamilton added. “The emotions that would come out would be unmeasurable but if it doesn’t come it’s ok.
“We’ll just take that energy that we’re feeling that there is hope there. There is a huge amount of focus, we know where the car is not great and we know where we need to put it to make it better.”
The Brit currently has the remarkable record of having won at least one race in every season he has appeared on the F1 grid but that looks like it could come to an end unless Mercedes forutunes improve.
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