Drivers expect ‘interesting’ Mexican GP


The F1 drivers are relishing the sport's return to Mexico with a "very interesting" layout leading to expectations of a "spectacular" race.

Mexico last hosted a grand prix back in 1992 but after a major upgrade to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit the sport is back.

The track's layout has been altered since the last race as circuit designer Hermann Tilke has played around adding a new pit complex and extending the main straight, which could see speeds of around 330km/h.

New grandstands have been built while the garage area has been refurbished in an overhaul that reportedly cost $50 million.

And although the drivers have yet to put in a lap out on track, many have learned the layout through their teams' simulators.

Speaking in Thursday's FIA press conference, Fernando Alonso said: "I haven't walked around but on the simulator it looks interesting.

"Very different parts of the circuit with a very long straight. The second sector with medium speed corners and the third with low speed.

"It will be a challenge for the engineers to set up the car and the last sector with the stadium will be quite enjoyable for us the drivers being so close to thousands of people.

"Hopefully we'll put on a good show for everyone."

As for Carlos Sainz he was "quite surprised by the number of grandstands. It is very special, something we don't have yet in Formula 1.

"New tarmac, new degradation, new strategy. It is going to be interesting. Those couple of long straights will create some movement in the race.

"And with the rain coming it could be even more interesting. Hopefully we can have a good race."

However, Pastor Maldonado concedes the drivers cannot really say much about the track until they have actually driven on it.

"A lot of expectation from our side for this race," Maldonado said. "Very special.

"You make an amazing job on rebuilding the track but it is very difficult to credit it before we jump into the cars and test it.

"I'm 100 percent sure it will be spectacular."