Laps: 71 laps
Start time: 13:00hrs local/19:00hrs GMT
There is a slight grid advantage, where the racing line is located, but the lack of downforce is the greater issue for the drivers. The cars are power-limited for longer away from the line, which can spice things up on the long run down to Turn One.
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Four.
Don’t put the kettle on…
All of last year’s podium finishers completed the race with two pitstops. A Virtual Safety Car period during the second pitstop window allowed Nico Rosberg to jump ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in second place in what was otherwise an uneventful strategic race. Although Pirelli is taking softer compounds to this year’s race, the durability of the 2017 tyres means a one-stop race is likely, with cars pitting on or about lap 30.
650m/0.404 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). It takes 18s to make a stop.
100 per cent. Since Mexico reappeared on the Formula 1 calendar in 2015, the races have all been affected by a Safety Car or a Virtual Safety Car period. There’s a high chance that we’ll see another one this year.
Watch out for…
Argy-bargy through Turn Three. The first DRS zone along the pit straight will allow cars to close up and it’s vital for the pursuing cars to remain close through Turn Three because the second DRS zone follows.
What makes this race interesting…
Such is the passion of the Mexican fans that the atmosphere is electric. The drivers’ parade is noisy and colourful, particularly through the stadium section, where 40,000 fans sit in an enclosed space. “It’s like being in a football stadium,” says Fernando Alonso.