Altitude is a classic theme of the Mexican GP: it has always been the highest race in the world, with the lowest of course being Baku, which is located 28 metres below sea level. The rarified air, around 25% less dense, has a significant effect on aerodynamics. Normally, one runs maximum downforce at this track, but overall, it is still less than at Monza. The situation is a bit different for the engines, as the turbo can compensate for the less dense air and therefore reduce relative power loss.
Just like last week, the weather is expected to throw up some questions. Over the weekend, storms are forecast for almost every day. But it’s unlikely this will put off the fans, who have never failed to pack out the grandstands at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, ever since the race returned to the calendar.
Join us later in the evening for the latest updates and results from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, as the second practice session for the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix is about to start, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to continue evaluating and identifying the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.