Formula 1 returns to Mexico for the first time since 1992 (when my boyhood hero Nigel Mansell won the race), aiming to continue to build the growing interest in the sport in the Americas. The title race may have been decided, but both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have arrived here aiming to lay down markers and draw lines in the sand.
A revamped circuit should offer overtaking opportunities and fast racing, and it will be interesting to see whether Rosberg (who has qualified on pole for tomorrow’s race) will be able to convert pole into victory (having failed to do so in previous races). It is not difficult to imagine that Rosberg will want to win more than ever, having thrown away victory in the USA, and in doing so, handing Hamilton the title.
Hamilton, for his part, will want to make the point that he will not take things easy, despite having won the title with three races to spare. He’ll be wanting to inflict further pain on Rosberg, to ensure his teammate feels very much under his thumb going into 2016.
For Sergio Perez, this is a huge opportunity. With recent performances for Force India (third in Russia, fifth in the USA) going well, he’ll be hoping his first ever home race goes well. Points are certainly possible, especially with Mercedes power, and I wish him a good race tomorrow!