Verstappen cools talk of Mexico GP hat-trick

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican Grand Prix – Max Verstappen has played down his hopes of securing his third Mexican Grand Prix victory, suggesting the Ferrari drivers will have the advantage.

Red Bull Racing will have the opportunity to record three Mexican Grand Prix victories in a row, having achieved success in 2017 and 2018 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Due to the unique location of the venue, the race in Mexico is often earmarked as one which could see a victory for the Milton Keynes team, owing to the reduced requirement for a strong power unit.

The higher altitude means that the air is thinner, meaning that the teams can run higher downforce setups, an area that has frequently been successful for Red Bull.

However, despite their recent track record, Verstappen has cooled expectations for a repeat performance due to the strengths of the Ferrari SF90, which could be well-suited to the high-speed nature of the circuit.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Mexico as the last two years have been pretty special there with the two wins,” said Verstappen, looking ahead to the event.

“I really enjoy driving there as well as the track is very different as it’s at high altitude which makes it low grip. The corners are also very technical so you have to work hard to make sure you get the best out of it but it’s a good track for us normally.

“I expect it to be a little bit more difficult this year because of the Ferrari pace but I think we can still have a very good race.”

On the other side of the garage, team-mate Alex Albon was buoyed by his own performance at the previous race in Suzuka, which has given him optimism ahead of another first-time visit to a new track.

“After getting my best result of the season in Japan last week, I’ve got good confidence and direction heading to Mexico,” said Albon.

“Japan felt like my best weekend with the Team and we’re gelling more and more so I look forward to carrying that momentum into Mexico. Historically it’s been a good track for Red Bull with pole position and a win there last year so obviously that’s positive.

“Like Suzuka, it will be another new track for me but this one looks a little more forgiving! I’m also really excited to drive in the infield section where all the fans are as I’ve heard that’s pretty special. Mexico and the US will be the last back to back races of the season and I can’t wait to get out there and check out both tracks.”

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