Many are tipping Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to prevail in the Mexican Grand Prix 2017 this weekend. The track favours the Ferrari car, while Mercedes are reportedly less confident of securing a win.
However, in the grand scheme of things, it will matter little whether Mercedes comes out on top. The car manufacturer won the Constructors’ Championship for a fourth consecutive year thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s winning run at the US Grand Prix last week.
Likewise, Hamilton will almost certainly wrap up the season in Mexico, confirming his fourth world championship title. Despite missing out last week, he now needs just a few more points.
Vettel needs to finish in at least second place in order to remain in with even the smallest of chances of staging a comeback. Even if Vettel finishes first in Mexico, Hamilton would only need in fifth place or higher. Should Vettel finish second, a ninth place finish would be enough.
In reality, it seems that nothing short of an early retirement from the race will stop Hamilton from lifting the drivers’ championship trophy this weekend.
While unnecessary, Hamilton has vowed to clinch his fourth title in style by winning his 10th Grand Prix race of the season:
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“I have no desire to finish fifth and win the championship while someone else stands on the top step. The dream would be to stand on the top step having won the championship.”
That’s good news for race fans, who are hoping to see Hamilton and Vettel go toe-to-toe once more before the title is wrapped up.
When is the Mexican Grand Prix 2017?
This year’s Mexican Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, 29 October. However, prior to the main race, there will be a number of practice and qualifying runs for fans to enjoy. These races will begin on Friday, 27 October.
Mexican Grand Prix times
The event will get underway today, with the first practice race scheduled for 4pm London time. A second practice run will then get underway at 8pm, ahead of the final practice run on Saturday at 4pm.
The qualifying race will take place later that evening starting at 7pm. This will determine where the drivers will start on the grid during the main race.
The Mexican Grand Prix will then be raced on Sunday at 7pm London time.
Where is the Mexican Grand Prix held?
The Mexican Grand Prix is being held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The track has played host to the event since the 1980s and has hosted both events following Formula One’s returned to Mexico back in 2015.
The track features a number of long strays and tight corners that require both high speeds and optimal handling. As a result, fans can expect plenty of intense periods throughout the race.
Mexican Grand Prix 2017 favourites: who is tipped to win?
Having won five of the last six Grand Prix races, it comes as little surprise that bookmakers have made Hamilton the favourite to win in Mexico City.
He is closely followed by Vettel, with Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen making up the top five.
However, bettors seemingly feel differently about the race. So far, the majority of bets have been wagered on Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel is second favourite and Hamilton third, according to odds comparison website Oddschecker.
Are Mexican Grand Prix 2017 tickets still available?
With the Formula One season coming to a close, fans have snapped up tickets in the hope of seeing Hamilton lift the trophy at the end of the race.
Tickets on the official Formula One website have almost completely sold out. Even the premium Paddock Club hospitality packages, costing $5,400, are completely gone. However, there is still one ticket option available in the Blue Zone for $589.
Alternatively, there are still tickets available via resellers such as Viagogo if you’re desperate to grab a seat at the race. However, purchasing from anywhere other than official ticket partners comes with its risks and is usually best avoided.
Is the Mexican Grand Prix on TV?
If you can’t attend this weekend, you can catch the race on television.
Those in the United Kingdom will be able to watch British driver Hamilton fight for the title on Sky Sports F1. The channel will be playing the qualifying session as well as the main race, with covering beginning at 7pm. However, you will need to pay for a subscription in order to tune in.
Likewise, NBC Sports will be broadcasting the race in the United States on Sunday, with coverage starting at 8pm London time.