Mexican Grand Prix 2021 – Race
– George Russell finished 16th and Nicholas Latifi 17th in the Mexico City Grand Prix
– Nicholas started the race 13th with George 16th, both on the medium Pirelli tyres
– George made a strong start and ran as high as ninth early on before making his only stop on lap 15 for a set of the hard compound tyre
– Nicholas ran a two-stop race, pitting on lap 11 for the hard compound before stopping again on lap 49 for the medium tyre
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: It was a tough day with the car requiring too much management to be able to race as hard as we would’ve liked. George had a very good opening lap, made good progress and got himself into a position that was above the real pace of the car. He tried to hold on, but defending was too difficult against the quicker cars.
Both drivers did a good job of managing the car throughout the race. This required a lot of discipline and mental effort and whilst it didn’t deliver a good result today, it is valuable experience for future races.
It has been a frustrating weekend and we are looking forward to getting a brief rest before heading to Brazil for the next event.
George Russell: It was probably the most difficult race of the season so far. We made a good start and had moved up to P9 from P16 on lap one which was relatively strong, and I thought we could be on for a good result. However, we did not have the pace after that and went backwards so there’s lots to review. It wasn’t a very enjoyable afternoon but the positive is that this Grand Prix is a unique race with the temperature management that is required, so hopefully our pace in Brazil will be better than here.
Nicholas Latifi: Unfortunately, my race came undone at the start. I’ll have to watch the video back to see what happened in that first lap. I thought I was going to come out of the first few corners gaining a couple of positions from the cars going off, but I stayed on track to avoid them and ended up losing out quite a bit. After that, with the pace we had, it was just a race of blue flags. It was an afternoon to forget but now it’s onwards to Brazil.