Ricciardo eager to embrace the “incredible” atmosphere of Mexico
Daniel Ricciardo is ready for battle in Mexico City this weekend, where the intense feud between McLaren and Ferrari for third place in the Constructors’ Championship will resume.
Momentum has fluctuated between the two iconic Formula 1 teams, with McLaren holding a slim 3.5 point advantage at the moment, with five grand prix remaining this season.
Mexico City returns to the calendar this weekend after a gap year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will bring a different element to teams and pilots given its high altitude.
“Mexico offers a unique set-up challenge that can often upset the competitive order,” said Andreas Seidl, McLaren team manager.
“The high altitude and thinner air means we’re applying higher levels of downforce than we usually could on a circuit like Mexico, and that can be difficult to achieve.
“We worked in the simulator to make sure we had as much data as possible before the weekend.
“With only five races to go in the season, we know that every race counts and that there is no time to let our guard down,” added the German.
“We know it will be a challenge to keep our position in the constructors’ championship, but it’s a challenge we are ready for.”
After learning about Texan culture at the recent United States Grand Prix, Ricciardo can’t wait to visit Mexico City again.
“The atmosphere is always amazing and this section of the stadium is an impressive part of the circuit, the fans are also some of the most passionate in the world,” he said.
“We are really lucky to be racing there and in Brazil one after another because the excitement around the races is unreal.
“I’m expecting a similar battle to the one we had in Austin, although not having raced there last year it’s hard to say where we will really be in terms of performance.
“We’re just going to keep focusing on what we can do as a team, try to score as many points as possible and see how the pitch moves.”
Mexico City kicks off the last triple title of the 2021 F1 season, with events to follow in Sao Paulo and Qatar.
From there, a week off will precede the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix before the Abu Dhabi decision maker on December 10-12.