Mexican Grand Prix – Toto Wolff believes that the race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez will be Mercedes’ toughest event of the final four races.
Fresh from their constructors’ championship success, Mercedes head into the final four races knowing that they will also clinch the drivers’ championship with either Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton is the firm favourite to take the title, with the Briton holding a 64-point lead over Bottas with four races to go.
Mexico will be Hamilton’s first chance to take the drivers’ title, and he will need to outscore Bottas by 14 points in order to so this weekend.
His task would be made simpler at a circuit which favours the Mercedes car but, according to team principal Wolff, the Mexican Grand Prix circuit is thought to favour the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.
“There is no sense of entitlement in this team for future success, so we were quickly back to our usual race preparation routine after Japan,” said Wolff.
“We know that the four remaining races are not 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.
“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 to the amazing Mexican crowd that shares our love for racing and turns the weekend into a brilliant celebration of motorsport.”