Hamilton is the only driver in history to have won a grand prix every year of his F1 career, and Mercedes are still in contention with Ferrari for second place in the constructors’ championship.
“But Mexico might not be so bad, despite Red Bull’s formidable record at the track,” Hughes added. “Last season showed the Mercedes PU no longer struggles in Mexico’s thin air and as such downforce pure and simple will be the dominating factor, especially given that drag is not punished very hard (because of that thin air), thereby partly-neutralising a key Red Bull advantage.
“Mercedes, Hamilton and Russell fans therefore need to be looking for a combination of the sort of sweet spot the W13 was in during the races at Barcelona, Silverstone and Zandvoort, Ferrari continuing to struggle with their tyres and Sergio Perez continuing to struggle with the Red Bull. Then all it has to do is take on and beat Verstappen. Stranger things have happened but not very often.”