F1 drivers had their first experience of the revised Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez today. Here’s what five grand prix winners made of the new-look circuit.
It was really challenging out there today – for everyone I think – but also a lot of fun. The track feels more like a go-kart track in the slow areas!
It’s crazy how slippery it is. Because we’re so high up in terms of altitude, there’s even less grip than in Monza, so the car was just sliding around. Of course, this is also because the track is new, so there is no rubber on it yet. But it’s getting better and better the more we drive.
It’s great to see how many people came out today. It has been really full out in the stands – especially for a Friday – which is really good to see.
I feel the track has got a lot of potential, but it’s so slippery out there. Even in the afternoon when it was quite dry, the high-speed stuff was still very slippery. But it’s a brand new track and once the grip is in, it’ll be a lot of fun. The track is unique and I think they have done a really good job with it.
It has very low grip, I think everybody struggled to keep the car on the track. Surprisingly the speed was low overall, I was hoping that the fast corners were a bit quicker.
Hopefully with more rubber on the track it should get quite a bit better. It was amazing to see how many spectators there were already on Friday, and it’s also kind of unique to enter a sort of stadium when you look left and right and see this many people are there.
And then the big grandstands, you drive through them! It’s a bit like Singapore, just bigger, and there is a great feeling.
The track reminds me very much of my youth. It feels like a kart circuit with a lot of very tight corners and the two stadiums are really spectacular with all the fans.
We brought the same rear wing here as we would use in Monaco, with maximum downforce. But, because of the altitude here in Mexico City, we are also very quick on the straights which feels very strange.
The cars were sliding around and sometimes you felt more like being in rallying than in Formula One.
We knew since the beginning that because of the altitude and the thin air, the speeds would have been high, I think everybody was running full downforce but I would prefer to have the usual amount of downforce.
Obviously, as we do more and more laps, track conditions will improve and the surface will grip out, but I’m sure it will still be more tricky than other races.
2015 Mexican Grand Prix
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- 2015 Mexican Grand Prix team radio transcript