Mercedes lower their own expectations for Mexican GP: "Trying to limit damage"

22-10-2019 16:02 | Updated: 22-10-2019 16:26
by Matt Gretton
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Mercedes lower their own expectations for Mexican GP: Trying to limit damage

Last time out, Mercedes wrapped up their sixth consecutive F1 constructors championship but Toto Wolff reveals the German team have lowered their expectations for the Mexican Grand Prix. Over the last two years, Mercedes have struggled to perform at their usual hights at the venue with Max Verstappen claiming wins in 2017 and 2018. 

As well as wrapping up their sixth world championship, the F1 drivers' championship will go to a Mercedes driver. Lewis Hamilton has a significant lead over Valtteri Bottas going into the final four races of the 2019 F1 season. 

But Toto Wolff isn't expecting an easy ride in any of those races. The Austrian is actually feeling cautious because of the circuit characteristics. He explains all in his race preview.

"We know that the four remaining races aren't going to be easy and we expect Mexico to be the most difficult one for us. The high altitude of the track brings some fairly unusual challenges as the low air density affects the downforce of the car, the cooling and the engine performance," Wolff said.

"It's a combination that doesn't particularly suit our car, but we will give it everything to try and limit the damage. We look forward to the fight and the amazing Mexican crowd that shares our love for racing and turns the weekend into a brilliant celebration of motorsport."

Hamilton needs to score just 14 points more than his Finnish teammate to win his sixth F1 world championship. If the points difference is smaller than that, the 'title battle' will roll on to the American Grand Prix. 

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