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2021 Formula One Mexican Grand Prix

Formula One is on track this weekend in Mexico and the race kicks off a triple-header with driver and constructor championships still in contention.

Over the next three weeks, Formula One will compete in Mexico, Brazil and Qatar. Just five races remain in a 2021 season that has been among the most exciting and tightly contested in memory.

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez will host the 10 teams and 20 drivers this weekend, including championship rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who are now separated by 12 points after an exciting US Grand Prix two weeks ago. For perhaps the first time this season, the championship momentum seems to strongly favour one driver. The back-and-forth battle between these two is certainly far from concluded, but many believe that Hamilton’s inability to catch Verstappen in the closing laps at Austin may be a microcosm of what will play out for the remainder of the year.

Another battle that seems to now favour one side is the constructor's championship, which Mercedes seems to be in control of at this stage. A mid-season surge by Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas coincided with a mid-season slump by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and has resulted in Mercedes holding a 23-point edge over Red Bull. The possibility of mechanical issues, penalties, weather and other influencing factors still looms large over both the driver’s and constructor's championship, however, and even a single DNF by a Red Bull or Mercedes driver could have a major impact on the respective championships.

The compelling battle between Ferrari and McLaren carries on into Mexico, with just 3.5 points separating the teams. This rivalry has lasted almost the entire season, with neither team able to pull away in the standings. Unsurprisingly, the four drivers that comprise the teams are behind only the duos at Mercedes and Red Bull in the driver’s standings.

Further back in the field, Kimi Räikkönen and George Russell are down to less than a half dozen races in their respective seats, with the latter moving up to replace Bottas and join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, while the former will end his impressive career and retire.

Do you expect any changes in the standings after Mexico? Let us know your thoughts on the Mexican Grand Prix in the comments below.

Picture: Red Bull Contentpool
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Mike Smith
I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604

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For sure Perez is not a pancake but not Max level. but no problems for me if he would win the race on his home Gp maybe it gives him extra power to beat Max
 
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Really hope Perez would win Mexican GP for the sake to hear the soul vibrating roars from the crowds
 
With that long long front straight, I would expect the Merc to get there first. Once again we'll have to fidget through a tire strategy race.
 
Max will win again thanks to the best hybrid setup and aerodynamics from RB
realy? If Max is going to win it's Max him self. as always he is better than the car.....we have see it last race toooo :whistling: its to close you cant speak of best hybrid car because thats the Merc for six years. Ohh wait the Merc boys want competition...... :sneaky: :roflmao:
 
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Little bit of a scruffy session from Checo but he seems to be pretty close on pace with Max so that's a good start.
 

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