Hamilton anticipates a tough Mexican GP

Date published: October 23 2019

Lewis Hamilton downbeat

Mercedes have been “pretty shocking” at the Mexican Grand Prix in recent years and Lewis Hamilton believes it will be another “tricky one” for his team this weekend.

Hamilton can wrap up the 2019 Drivers’ title at the Hermanos Rodriguez as he only needs to finish on the podium to end team-mate Valtteri Bottas’ hopes of a maiden title.

And, although the Brit has won the title in Mexico City the past two seasons, it has been far from easy as he finished P4 last year and down in ninth place in 2017 with Merc generally struggling.

Red Bull have dominated in Mexico the past two seasons with Max Verstappen securing the race victories while Ferrari have been the team to beat during the latter half of the 2019 season.

“I think Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it’s going to be a tough one for us,” Hamilton said.

“The last few have been pretty shocking, even though we’ve won the title there. I’m hoping for a better weekend but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights.

“We have no hope of getting by on those straights, that’s for sure but even if you look at the others, the McLarens are picking up some serious speeds on the straights, so are the Red Bulls so I think it will be a tricky one.

“I don’t anticipate it will be Mexico. I think we will be battling for a good few races.”

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