Hamilton: ‘No real tactics’ for Mexican GP after scoring pole

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Lewis Hamilton says he is entering Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix with “no real tactics” for the battle with Mercedes teammate and Formula 1 championship rival Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton stormed to his 10th pole position of the 2016 season in qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon, finishing two-tents of a second clear of the field.

Rosberg left it late to snatch second place on the grid, ensuring he will be alongside his teammate for the race start.

With drivers struggling for grip and to keep their tires alive in qualifying, Hamilton said he was delighted to take pole in Mexico.

“It’s always a tough battle. Trying to pull out the perfect laps when it counts is always the difficult thing, particularly with these tires,” Hamilton said.

“Sometimes it’s on the first lap, sometimes it’s on the second lap when the tires are ready. Definitely very challenging, as this track always is.

“This track has got a lot better because there’s a lot of grip on the track now. Last year we were sliding around a lot more. Today it feels more like a race track which is great.”

Hamilton trails Rosberg by 26 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, but says he heads into the race with no real plan on how to deal with his teammate besides winning the race.

“There is no real tactic,” Hamilton said.

“Turned up to do the job, and I’m going to try and do the same thing as I did last week here.

“So far this weekend’s gone well, and I’m looking forward to the race.

“The long runs seem good and the car feels great. I’m just looking forward to getting out on track.”

The Mexican Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2:30pm ET on Sunday.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.