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Can Red Bull beat Mercedes on Sunday?

Can Red Bull beat Mercedes on Sunday?

Saturday’s Qualifying was surprising to say the least. Mercedes locked out front row in what was thought as Red Bull’s playground. Everyone thought Honda’s engines had advantage in this high altitude circuit but it was Mercedes who locked out their first front row of the season.

But Can Red Bull beat Mercedes and close the gap in Constructors Championship?

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are going into this race with just 12 points gap between them. We’ve never seen this close title battle since 2012.

Weather

There’s a very less chance of rain in Mexico City on Sunday so there probably won’t be any sudden surprises in the race.

Since Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is 2.2 km above sea level, there will be less downforce and cars would be more prone to sliding.

Strategy

We have same tyres this weekend as in US GP with C2, C3, C4 compounds.

Teams would probably go with one-stop strategy with Mediums at the start and Hards in reminder of the race.

Penalties

Total of 5 drivers have penalties for Sunday’s Race. Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda, Lance Stroll, and Esteban Ocon have engine penalties so they will be starting from back of the grid.

George Russell has a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox.

Ferrari and McLaren’s Championship Battle for P3

Ferrari and Mclaren are having a very tight championship battle for P3 in Constructors Championship.

After Dutch GP, Ferrari was 11.5 points ahead of McLaren but in the next race, McLaren came ahead of Ferrari by 14 points.

Both teams are going into this weekend with only 3.5 points gap between them.

From watching Practice and Qualifying, Ferrari is clearly faster than McLaren and this would be quite interesting interms of battle and for fans.

AlphaTauri are surprisingly fast in the mid-field

We already know that Honda engines are quite faster in conditions like Mexico but Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri is quicker than the rest of the mid-field. Pierre Gasly qualified P5 just behind Mercedes and Red Bulls. Yuki Tsunoda qualified P9 ahead of Lando Norris.

A very tight battle between Max and Lewis with only 5 races left will make this weekend quite interesting. One DNF and the championship battle will completely change.

Comment down your predictions for the race and who would you think will win the race?


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