Mercedes F1 Mexican GP Insights: Testing the Upgrades And Altitude Challenge

Giancarlo Perlas October 26, 2023

As the Formula 1 Grand Prix season speeds its way from Austin to Mexico City, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team is poised for a thrilling race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. This iconic circuit is known for its challenges and the epic showdowns it delivers. While reflecting on the previous race in Austin, Team Principal Toto Wolff shared his mixed feelings, but he is mostly optimistic for the coming Mexican GP this Sunday.

Mercedes F1 Prepares For Mexican GP
Image Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1

The Positives and Negatives of the Texas Weekend

In Texas, Mercedes experienced both highs and lows. The upgrade package appeared to enhance their performance, evident in their strong weekend pace. However, they failed to capitalize on this speed and missed out on a podium finish due to a disqualification.

Sprint weekend complexities and a bumpy circuit posed challenges. Despite the setbacks, Mercedes remains determined to learn from the experience.

Navigating the High Altitude Challenge

One distinctive aspect of the Mexican GP is its high-altitude venue. The high altitude of Mexico City significantly affects how teams operate their cars. For Toto Wolff, finding the optimum solution in such conditions is always a challenge.

This race promises to be a unique test of their recent upgrade package, designed for better performance under varied circumstances, and will contribute to their continuous learning and development for the W15.

Final Thoughts

The Mercedes F1 team is gearing up for the Mexican GP, hoping to turn their recent upgrades into a victorious advantage. Their mixed experiences in Austin have offered valuable lessons, and the high-altitude challenges in Mexico City are set to test the limits of their recent enhancements.

Hopefully, Mercedes F1 will fare better this time following the frustrating disqualification of Lewis Hamilton in Texas after bagging P2 as well as the P5 finish of George Russell.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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