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F1 Preview: Looking ahead to the Mexican Grand Prix

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We may arrive in Mexico City with both the Constructors' World Championship and Drivers' World Championship decided, but still expect Mercedes to have their minds fully focused on winning every race from here until the end of the season - something Lewis Hamilton has made clear he wants to accomplish.

Hamilton will also be looking to get a handle on his qualifying performance after mixed of results in the last few qualifying sessions. He will want to finish the season as strongly as he started it, to leave him in good stead for next year.

None of the current crop of drivers have driven around here before so expect them to make the most of the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday to get a feel for the track.


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Just like Austin, it looks like this is a track where engine power will be key, meaning the Mercedes-powered cars should be running at the sharp end once again. It could be a rematch of the US Grand Prix at the top of the field with Nico Rosberg, Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel vying for top spot on the podium, while the Force Indias and Williams battle it out just behind.

The Red Bulls and Toro Rossos impressed last week in the wet but they may be just off the pace around here, expect them to push into the top six if they can get a good start and have a strong qualifying session on Saturday. However, any issues with their power unit could end their weekend before it's really underway.

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McLaren unlucky to repeat Austin display

The McLarens were fantastic in Austin, but a sharp fall back to earth could be in store as they were helped by the weather and racing incidents, resulting in almost half of the field retiring. If they are to repeat a sixth position finish, they will need a bucket full of luck and some supreme driving.

This is the first time we have been in Mexico since 1992, so the practice sessions will be used to gain as much data as possible to help them during the race. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has two DRS zones to aid overtaking, closely after each other, and on this track they could be used to great effect. The first is down the long pit straight up to a heavy braking point in turn one, followed by turns two and three, before arriving at the second DRS Zone where possibly the most overtakes will be made going into turn four and five.

This year Pirelli are bringing the yellow-marked soft and the white-marked medium compound tyres to presumably help with the high track temperatures we should see in Mexico, as long as Hurricane Patricia hasn't left any lingering rainfall.

Will Mercedes have the desire to win the Mexican GP, having secure both Constructors' and Drivers' world titles? Give your opinion in the comment box below!

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Manor Marussia
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