Welcome at RN365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RN365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
fri 26 mar - sun 28 mar
  • 1 HAM LAP 56
  • 2 VER + 0.745
  • 3 BOT + 37.383
ita
fri 16 apr - sun 18 apr
  • 1 VER LAP 63
  • 2 HAM + 22.000
  • 3 NOR + 23.702
bhr
por
fri 30 apr - sun 02 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 29.148
  • 3 BOT + 33.530
ita
esp
fri 07 may - sun 09 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 15.841
  • 3 BOT + 26.610
por
mco
thu 20 may - sun 23 may
  • 1 VER LAP 78
  • 2 SAI + 8.968
  • 3 NOR + 19.427
esp
aze
fri 04 jun - sun 06 jun
  • 1 PER LAP 51
  • 2 VET + 1.385
  • 3 GAS + 2.762
mco
fra
fri 18 jun - sun 20 jun
  • 1 VER LAP 53
  • 2 HAM + 2.904
  • 3 PER + 8.811
aze
aut
fri 25 jun - sun 27 jun
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 HAM + 35.743
  • 3 BOT + 46.907
fra
aut
fri 02 jul - sun 04 jul
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 BOT + 17.973
  • 3 NOR + 20.019
aut
gbr
fri 16 jul - sun 18 jul
  • 1 HAM LAP 52
  • 2 LEC + 3.871
  • 3 BOT + 11.125
aut
hun
fri 30 jul - sun 01 aug
  • 1 OCO LAP 70
  • 2 HAM + 2.736
  • 3 SAI + 15.018
gbr
bel
fri 27 aug - sun 29 aug
  • 1 VER LAP 1
  • 2 RUS
  • 3 HAM
hun
nld
fri 03 sep - sun 05 sep
  • 1 VER LAP 72
  • 2 HAM + 20.932
  • 3 BOT + 56.460
bel
ita
fri 10 sep - sun 12 sep
  • 1 RIC LAP 53
  • 2 NOR + 1.747
  • 3 BOT + 4.921
nld
rus
fri 24 sep - sun 26 sep
  • 1 HAM LAP 53
  • 2 VER + 53.271
  • 3 SAI + 62.475
ita
tur
fri 08 oct - sun 10 oct
  • 1 BOT LAP 58
  • 2 VER + 14.584
  • 3 PER + 33.471
rus
usa
fri 22 oct - sun 24 oct
  • 1 VER LAP 56
  • 2 HAM + 1.333
  • 3 PER + 42.223
tur
mex
fri 05 nov - sun 07 nov
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 HAM + 16.555
  • 3 PER + 17.752
usa
bra
fri 12 nov - sun 14 nov
  • 1 HAM LAP 71
  • 2 VER + 10.496
  • 3 BOT + 13.576
mex
qat
fri 19 nov - sun 21 nov
  • 1 HAM LAP 57
  • 2 VER + 25.743
  • 3 ALO + 59.457
bra
sau
fri 03 dec - sun 05 dec
  • 1 HAM LAP 50
  • 2 VER + 21.825
  • 3 BOT + 27.531
qat
are
fri 10 dec - sun 12 dec
Quali sat 11 dec
Race sun 12 dec
sau
Start Abu Dhabi GP
Days
Hour
Min.
Sec.
Formula 1

Mercedes reveal how they hoped Turn 1 would unfold in Mexico

Mercedes have explained how they had hoped the first corner in Mexico would play out for them.

Article
To news overview © Red Bull Contentpool/Getty Images

Mercedes have revealed their planned strategy for approaching Turn 1 at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Locking out the front row of the grid with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, that advantage came to nothing as Red Bull's Max Verstappen slipstreamed them into Turn 1 from third, before outbraking both Mercedes drivers and claiming the lead.

Hamilton would go on to finish a distant second, with Bottas down in 15th after being clipped by McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo at the first corner.

Mercedes' Strategy Director, James Vowles, has explained what the team's plan of action had actually been prior to the race.

"For Valtteri, if he had a good start, he was going to let Lewis tow along behind him and make sure that he covered off that threat from Verstappen," he explained in the team's official Mexico City Grand Prix debrief.

"The starts, as they turned out, were that Valtteri had a slightly worse start than both Verstappen and Lewis. Not a lot, round about four metres or so, but it was sufficient that Lewis wasn't able to tuck up behind.

"More so, Verstappen's start being good meant he was alongside Valtteri very, very quickly. The result of that is they ended up three wide incredibly quickly and early on during the run down into Turn 1. Now, it was just a question of braking.

"Valtteri wasn't on the optimal line and nor was Lewis. The grip on the right-hand side of the circuit is slightly worse than where Verstappen was on the racing line. Even so, the differences in braking should have been a few metres, not perhaps the difference that you saw.

"Ultimately, the drivers braked where they thought they could. If you saw Verstappen's comments afterwards, it is quite clear that he was going in there guessing and hoping for the best and it worked out for him."

Turn 1 braking point "a guessing game"

Vowles went on to explain why the first corner at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez proved such a challenge for both drivers on the opening lap, saying that it was essentially a completely guess as to when to brake.

"It's the fastest approach speed of any circuit on the calendar," he said.

"So, the speed that you enter into Turn 1 is faster than anywhere else, faster than Monza, faster than Sochi even, which has a longer run down to Turn 1 but not the same straight-line speed.

"The drivers get one chance at it, one practice effectively, as you go in off the race start; that's the first time they will experience that, and they have one chance to get it right.

"They do laps to the grid where they leave at the end of the pit lane and do a start and approach to Turn 1, but you are on a different vector, a different speed, you are starting on the right-hand side of the circuit, so it's not really the same thing.

"As a result of that, the drivers have a feeling of where they are going to be braking to get the optimum performance into Turn 1 to not lock up, to not go wide across the grass and to get the car turned in.

"But, ultimately, to a certain extent it is a guess. It's an educated guess, but a guess all the same."

F1 Podcast: Should Mercedes worry after Verstappen's untouchable performance in Mexico?

It's time for the latest episode of the RacingNews365 podcast, with F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Thomas Maher and Mike Seymour discuss Max Verstappen's dominant victory and much, much more from the Mexico City Grand Prix.

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix

The latest news about the Sao Paulo Grand Prix straight from the Interlagos Circuit.

0 comments

x