Charles Leclerc started the race on pole position alongside his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel the last time the Mexican Grand Prix took place, two years agi. The Ferrari cars had incredible straight-line speed in 2019, and this was proved as Charles managed to keep first place into turn 1 despite the slipstream effect.
It’s a heavy braking zone into turn 1, followed quickly by the slow speed turns 2 and 3. This means cars have another opportunity to make a passing move, and keeping the inside could be very important. There is a second DRS zone between turns 3 and 4 – so sector one is key to overtaking.
Sector two is a sequence of very quick, shallow turns. Akin to Maggotts and Becketts or turns 3 to 9 at Circuit of the Americas, the drivers have to stay within track limits and ensure they keep the car on the black stuff.
The final sector is characterised by the sensational Foro Sol stadium. With thousands of fans filling the stands either side of the circuit, the cars slow to 40mph to take on the tight twists and turns. You might not see an overtake here, but it’s a stellar opportunity to see the cars up close amidst an incredible atmosphere.
Follow us live later in the afternoon for the latest info, news, updates and results from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, as the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the SF21 ready to challenge its rivals for the best possible result in the next round of the 2021 Formula One season.