Red Bull expect a passionate Mexican crowd

Daniel Ricciardo gets into the Mexican spirit ahead of this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo gets into the Mexican spirit ahead of this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.

Though both championships are decided already, Red Bull Racing are still expecting a passionate crowd as F1 returns to Mexico this weekend.

Sunday’s race will be the first in the country since 1992 around a heavily modified Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.

At last weekend’s USGP, Daniel Ricciardo led the way in the early stages, and team-mate Daniil Kvyat felt he had the pace to win it had it stayed wet.

But with the track drying, Kvyat’s race ended in the wall, while two collisions forced Ricciardo down the order to 10th and one solitary point.

They’ll certainly be hoping for an improved result this weekend. Having already performed parts of the Mexico City circuit earlier this year as part of a promotional event, Ricciardo believes the fans will be in for a treat.

“I’ve only driven around parts of the track that were finished in July, but I hope it’ll be fun,” he said. “I love the passion of the people. It was quite a moment when we saw how many had turned out to watch us in the summer.”

Kvyat too expects a huge local crowd, likening it to the always-popular Brazilian Grand Prix.

He said: “I think Mexico has a big heritage with F1, and it seems like one of those places that is really passionate about sport, maybe a bit like Brazil.”

And although he hasn’t taken a spin around the new track yet, the young Russian is excited about driving one of the ‘old-school’ circuits.

He added: “It looks like there are some high speed corners and the esses section looks like it might be exciting.

“Obviously it has a lot of history and they seem to have kept the old-school feel of it, which is good.”

Kvyat sits seventh in the driver’s standings with 76 points, two ahead of Ricciardo in eighth. Red Bull are fourth in the constructors’ championship.