The Mexican Grand Prix was , bizarrely, a breath of fresh air for the Formula 1 circus. We went there expecting nasty old pollution by rain in the week before the race meant that the skies were clear. The revamped Autodromo was spectacular, even if the surface was very slippery because of the new tarmac, rain and cool temperatures. Qualifying was all about getting the tyres hooked up, which some managed and others did not. On race day the place was heaving with 135,000 excited spectators. The three-day total was 335,850, which gives you an idea of just how much Mexico loves F1 these days. The huge crowd and the enthusiasm was a nice change from the new tracks we have visited in recent years in Korea, India and Russia where there is no great excitement. The Chinese and the Bahrainis are beginning to get more excitable but being in Mexico was fabulous. These people get F1. They understand its traditions and the passion involved. It was supposed to rain on Sunday but the weathermen got it wrong and it was warm when the race began, so warm in fact that the track temperature was reckoned to be 56-degrees. This meant that more and more rubber built up on the track as the race went on, giving the drivers more traction and that, added to the thin air of Mexico City meant that we saw some impressive speeds, notably from Sebastian Vettel who clocked 227mph on the main straight in his Ferrari. The race was a straight fight between th two Mercedes and Rosberg kept the advantage. Valtteri Bottas drove a good race for Williams to take third, having had another collision with Kimi Raikkonen, who came off worst on this occasion.
Also in GP+ this week…
– We look at the Red Bull engine situation
– We talk to Lewis about the future
– We consider the possibility of Force India becoming Aston Martin F1
– And we remember Moises Solana, a fast Mexican who had some great F1 races in the 1960s
– JS praise Lewis for being his own man
– DT looks at the highs and lows of Mexico City
– The Hack remembers the old days in Mexico
– And Peter Nygaard and his team had plenty of great things to photograph
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