Grand Prix 2019 Mexico Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

1st of apologies completely forgot to upload it yesterday. got doing other thing & other concerns it flew out of my head

after a last few races recently not classics but decent. & where Mercedes have made a very good case to be considered the most dominant F1 team in series history. no team has won both titles 6 in a row, not Fangio, Prost/Senna McLaren, Schumacher Ferrari or Vettel Red Bull. which is even more impressive as theyve done it over 2 different rule changes. which has brought many a dominant team to an also-ran. but i feel its a perfect storm alot like Ferrari in early 2000's who for me were more dominant than Ferrari over the 6 constructors , the best driver in the most efficient team

but anyway enough of the events of post Japanese gp & its place in history next time out it will be the final Mexican gp, because next year under the new deal it will become the Mexico city gp & become only the 2nd grand prix named after city rather than a country after abu dhabi. but im delighted about the new deal because I think mexico even so early on would have been a big loss to calendar. because it is a fantastic vibrant city with all the day of the dead festival. Fans love the racing shown by the great atmosphere given by that stadium section & only a support matched by tifosi & british. because you dont need a commentator to tell you if perez has overtaken anyone because the huge crowd roar let people know. the circuit has a bit of everything you've got the 1.2km front straight & long straight between 3 & 4. then flowing section between 7 & 11 then into the stadium section. also the altitude throws a unique factor into it, as mexico at 2,300m is higher than other 20 combined, Altitude has been a issue for Mercedes & very good place for red bull because even in 2016 they only got pole by a few tenths compared to 7 tenths over the season. also since the rule change no Mercedes has been on front row, only bottas in 2017 has been on the podium & Bottas even got lapped last year which is unthinkable for "dominant" Mercedes, which barring reliability the championship will highly likely will carry on til USA

Circuit outside of F1 does have Rich History of Motorsport up there & beating some of the historic circuits from around the world there is rarely global or North American series that hasn't raced here at some point, you have old sportscar series & New WEC, Formula 3.5, Champ Car/CART, NASCAR, Porsche Supercup, A1 GP, Rolex sports car series (US WEC), Formula E & Race of Champions. the stadium section the Foro Sol has played host to some big names in music Madonna, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Coldplay, The Killers, U2, Iron Maiden & Lady Gaga

Circuit is Honoured after the Brothers Ricardo who died in 1962 & later Pedro Rodríguez who was also killed on the track in 1971, 2 very talented drivers who were taken too soon, Ricardo who was the Max Verstappen of the late 50's early 60's, at just 16yrs & 4 months was due to take part in le mans 24 hrs but organisers judged him to too young so was replaced by jose behra brother of teammate jean behra to race alongside pedro, but after allowed to compete but retiring in 59, he would finish 2nd in 1960 at just age of 18. still youngest ever to stand on the podium at le mans, held the record for youngest driver to start a race for 48 years, until Jaime Alguarsari came in for Bourdais mid season. was youngest for 55 yrs to start from the front row until Verstappen Belgium 2016. he is still the youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari at just 19, a year before his tragic death which all start Ferrari opted not to enter the non-Championship Mexican GP so signed to drive Lotus 24, but during the 1st day of practice, approaching the peratalta the Lotus's rear right suspension failed & he hit barrier dying instantly

Pedro who was considered the best driver of his era in the wet, won 2 F1 Races, his 2nd & final F1 victory was in the final Belgian GP on the old circuit in 1970 in a race where only 6 took the chequered flag, but only managed the best of 6th in the championship so it was sportscars where Pedro was more successful came 3rd in 1967 24hrs of daytona, then despite having a terrible reliablity record where he retired from 12 of 14 le mans he entered, he won the 1968 le mans 24 hours in the GT40 & also won the 1970 & 1971 24 hours of Daytona which was to be his final success. because Pedro Rodríguez at age of 31 was driving for the lead was killed in an sports car race at Norisring on July 1971. as a slower car edged him into the wall & upon impact it burst into flames.

but to end it on cheerier note & not the tragic death of 2 very successful drivers. enjoy the race & hope everyone has a good weekend :D :cheers:
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if that is the case then lewis could wrap it up, because anything could happen. but in the dry I don't see lewis finish that big enough of a gap to wrap up this weekend
also could we see a return of stupid games the engineers play. in qualifying on that huge start straight

& interesting fact that at his young age, if max verstappen wins this weekend he will be the most successful driver at mexican gp
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with it being a successful track for red bull & alex albon. when the last race that driver stood on podium for 1st time. i keep thinking about lance stroll in baku 2017. but i feel i might be wrong
Weather might play a bigger than usual role this weekend with scattered thunderstorm forecast for Mexico City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

looking at hourly forecast & seems like we might be having a dry start then into some rain which progressively get worse as the day goes on
If Bottas stuffed it in the wall before Verstappen went through there, then he's in trouble. It's one thing not slowing, it something else going purple under them!

Edit: Sky reporting a 3 place grid penalty for Verstappen, what a numpty.
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it was a cracking lap by verstappen because with the straight line advantage Ferrari have. shows how great it was in corners. but annoyingly that was a slam dunk penalty. because it was as clear as day that verstappen was in trouble because live i saw the yellow flag on the vettel onboard. so i knew it would be still out. this is as much of blame on red bull pitwall because he was last man so when bottas crashed he was on his way to stadium. they shouldve told him to abandon the lap because no one was going to be allowed to improve.

the accident was a nasty one & not surprised that bottas was winded. a real thud. glad he was ok. on the others sainz very impressive 7th place. showing that renault was the anomley & this is real form. perez in the pound seat 11th chance of some great points & a bigger pit window if forecast is correct & chance of rain get bigger as race goes on

i hate saying this because it is an incredible story & inspiration to comeback to F1. but it would be worse to treat Kubica because of what he is. but in hindsight he shouldve done Australia & finished the story there left someone else for rest of the season. we wouldve said what a fairytale but now in mexico 17 rounds later. i feel its very sad now because he's just got outquaified by his teammate by 1.3secs. the same gap as Leclerc to Norris
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