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Mexican Grand Prix 2023

What race strategies are available for the Mexican Grand Prix?

The Mexican Grand Prix will get underway later today from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez. But what strategy options are available to the drivers as they go in pursuit of a strong result from the 19th round of the season?

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Pirelli has predicted that a one-stop strategy could be the best option for drivers during the Mexico City Grand Prix.

It is likely that the drivers will be fitted with either the Medium or Hard compound for the start of the race, with the red-walled Soft compound unlikely to be seen until later in the race.

The pit window for drivers who start on the Medium compound spans from lap 27 to 34 after which they would switch to the Hard compound for their second and final stint.

Alternatively, a driver can start the Grand Prix on the Hard compound and go deep into the race - as late as lap 56 - before switching to the Soft tyre.

That particular strategy may well be adopted by Lando Norris, who suffered a shock Q1 exit on Saturday. The Briton, who has scored podiums at the last four races, will take the start from 18th on the grid.

Going deeper into the race before making a stop allows a driver to gain from a potential Safety Car intervention.

But the Medium compound may be the most favourable for the start in order to maximise pace in the opening stages, with all teams bar Aston Martin having a fresh Medium and Hard tyre available for the first stint.

Max Verstappen, who will start the race from third on the grid, has two fresh sets of Hards available while team-mate Sergio Perez has two new sets of Mediums in his allocation.

Drivers can also opt to complete the race on a two-stop strategy, pitting roughly 20 laps into the race on the Medium compound and switching to the Hards before returning to the Mediums later in the race.

F1 2023 Mexican Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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