Renault speaks ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Round 18 of the FIA Formula One World Championship.
Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of Mexico City, while Engine Technical Director Rémi Taffin provides an update on the team.
Nico Hülkenberg: “Mexico has a really cool atmosphere. The circuit is quite old with a lot of history and you really feel that vibe when you’re there. It’s a tricky little circuit. It’s high altitude and that changes the racing dynamic quite a bit. The car has less downforce, a lot less drag, so we’re fast down the straights and then under braking the car feels like it has a lot less grip. It’s quite a unique feeling and one you have to get used to. It’s important we score well again in Mexico. We’re approaching the business end of the season and everything has to count.”
Daniel Ricciardo: “Mexico is an awesome place and I really enjoy going there. The atmosphere in the paddock is full of life and quite vibrant. The pole position last year was pretty memorable. It was an exciting lap, putting it all together at the end; it was special. If we can get into Q3 and be first of the midfield this weekend then that will be pretty good too. We’ve been on a disappointing run recently so we deserved the result in Japan. We’re aiming to carry some momentum now in Mexico. The target is to better the McLarens and outscore them to keep the pressure on. Let’s go Mexico!”
Rémi Taffin, Engine Technical Director: “Mexico is a unique challenge for the season. At 2,000m, the air is much less dense than what we see throughout the year. Air is used to create downforce and cool the car, which we know is much lower than usual in Mexico. We run a Monaco-level aero package even if it still doesn’t create that much drag and produces our high maximum speed. Mexico is like a performance damage limitation event; we don’t primarily design the car to be Mexico specific, we only ensure we minimise the effects of the altitude. During the last few years, we’ve been relatively competitive there.”