Lewis Hamilton hopes his Mercedes team will overcome his occasional high-altitude illness this weekend as he bids to beat Red Bull’s Max Versatpan at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The seven-time defending world champion, who is bidding to end the Dutchman’s 12-point lead in the drivers’ championship, knows he needs to respond after losing to his opponent in Texas last month.
With five races, the two men will be looking for their third win in five Mexican races since 2016 in the rare atmosphere of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, at 2,285 meters (7,500 feet) above sea level and often a high-altitude drama scene.
Thin air usually plays a role in reducing the performance of teams’ power units, in which turbochargers need to rotate faster to make up for lost performance. In turn, it can cause other problems and often provide surprising results.
Mercedes has often struggled with heights while the Red Bull has performed well, with Versatile winning in 2017 and 2018. But Hamilton won in 2016 and 2019, when the race was last held before the Covid-19 epidemic, and Mercedes has maintained the hope that it will compete better this year.
“The Red Bulls have been great here in the past and it’s not been our strongest circuit, but this year has shown that anything is possible and the circuit where you were weak before, you suddenly get stronger – and its On the contrary, “said Tim. Boss Tutu Wolf.
“It simply came to our notice then. Will be ready. “
Hamilton’s teammate Voltaire Bottas was also relatively enthusiastic. “Mexico, as we know, has generally been a bit of a weakness for us. It seems that in recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of high-powered power units.
“But I think we’ve been able to do a lot better since then so I expect to be in a better place than in recent years.”
Like Hamilton, Botas will lose his job as he bids to defeat his Honda-powered Red Bull counterpart and local hero Sergio Perez as he maintains his 23-point lead in the Mercedes Constructors Championship. Or tries to strengthen.
Both teams will prioritize confidence and therefore not take too much risk, knowing that incompleteness at this stage of the season can be decisive, but drivers will certainly be encouraged as they get closer. The title fight is approaching its climax.
This could lead to more spectacular events on the high-speed track, providing opportunities for slip streaming in front of large crowds around the baseball stadium section.