Mexico City Grand Prix Preview 2023

Mexico City Grand Prix Preview 2023

The F1 Mexico City Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is always a fan favorite, and not just because we almost certainly get to see Sergio Perez's dad this weekend. Here's everything you need to know before we get to the action on track. 

 

Sergio Perez on the Hot Seat? 

Rumors have bees swirling around the paddock for weeks that Checo Perez is either going to retire at the end of the season or that Red Bull will replace him if he loses out on second place in the World Driver's Championship. While the retirement rumors have been, for the most part, put to rest by Checo himself, RBR replacing him may not be off the table. 

With 4 races left in the season Perez is just 39 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton, and that's after Lewis was disqualified from the US Grand Prix where he finished 2nd on track. Lewis has beaten Checo on track in 3 of the last 4 races, the outlier being Qatar where Lewis DNF'd on the opening lap. 

Were Red Bull to decide to replace Perez the consensus seems to be that Daniel Ricciardo would be first in line to take back the seat that he left for Renault after the 2018 season. In that case we would also likely see Liam Lawson return to the Alpha Tauri (or whatever they end up being called) seat next season as well. 

 

 McLaren's Recent Dominance

Oscar Piastri, Max Verstappen, and Lando Norris receive trophies after F1 Sprint at Qatar 2023

 Since the Italian Grand Prix, a McLaren has finished on the podium in every Grand Prix and Sprint except for the Sprint at COTA. Read that again. McLaren's late season upgrades haven't left much to the imagination and it's time to start taking the papaya seriously. 

McLaren is currently sitting in 4th in the Constructors Championship having overtaken Aston martin in Austin, and is just 80 points behind Ferrari and 102 points behind Mercedes. With 4 races left and Brazil being a Sprint weekend there are a maximum of 191 points still up for grabs in the Constructor's, so they have an outside chance of overtaking both of their biggest competitors. 

This is something to keep an eye on for the rest of the year, as given that McLaren also completed their new state of the art wind tunnel at the McLaren Technology Centre over the summer, they could be the biggest challenger for Red Bull in 2024. 

 

Alpine's New Owners

Just before the start of the US Grand Prix weekend we found out that Alpine got another big round of celebrity investments worth around $200 million, this time from a few high profile professional athletes.

The biggest names are Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, which of course sparked some speculation that the connection was made around the weekend that the Kansas City Chiefs played the New York Jets, a game attended by another Alpine investor, Ryan Reynolds, alongside Taylor Swift who has been friends with Reynolds' wife Blake Lively for years. 

Other names in the new investment group include golfer Rory McIlroy, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Spanish footballer Juan Mata, and professional boxer Anthony Joshua. 

 

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2023 Mexico City Grand Prix Weekend Schedule

Session  Track Time BST (UK) EST (US)
FP1 - Friday 12:30 19:30 2:30pm
FP2 - Friday 16:00 23:00 6:00pm 
FP3 - Saturday 11:30 18:30 1:30pm
Qualifying - Saturday 15:00 22:00 5:00pm
Race - Sunday 14:00 21:00 4:00pm
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