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As the end of the Formula One season draws near, the championship is on everyone’s minds with Lewis Hamilton in position to claim his sixth title at the Mexico Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 6:10am AEDT.
Having re-joined the calendar in 2015, the Mexican Grand Prix has been a popular addition with its simple looking but challenging 4.3km Hermanos Rodríguez circuit. Its combination of long straights and sharp corners gives it a street track feeling.
It’s a 71-lap race where brakes and temperatures will be tested, given the extreme conditions of been at such high altitude and having thinner air. A two-stop strategy can be expected, if weather does not interfere.
The equation for Hamilton is simple to seal his sixth championship and that is to outscore his teammate Valtteri Bottas by 14-points. Given that the Briton has won his last two titles in Mexico City – there is a feeling he could do it for a third time.
But the battle for the win of the race sees the in-form Charles Leclerc start on pole position, after Max Verstappen was provisionally on pole but was given a three-place penalty for ignoring yellow flags.
The Red Bull which has won the race for the past two years still is a threat from fourth, but the fast Ferraris which now occupy the front-row may get the better drag down to the first corner.
Crucial is the start and the long run down to the first corner. There have been incidents there in the past, so whoever can negotiate the first turn without getting tangled up – will be well-positioned to go on for the win.
Bottas will start the race from sixth, though Hamilton has already stated claiming a podium will be his priority for this race, instead of trying to win the championship.
McLaren once again will start as the best of the rest with Carlos Sainz heading up the fourth row of the grid. Their battle with Renault for fourth in the championship seems all but over, with the French manufacturer now having fallen behind.
Both Toro Rossos will start from inside the top ten too, with the opportunity for them to chase Renault for fifth in constructor’s championship. Home favourite Sergio Perez will start eleventh and with a free choice of starting tyre to push for points on home soil.
Tune in from 6:10am AEDT on The Roar for live blog coverage of the Mexican Grand Prix, as we get set to see if Hamilton can secure his sixth world championship.