How Mexico's altitude fed race controversies
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How Mexico's altitude fed race controversies

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The strange nature of Mexico City from a technical point of view played a role in another round of strange decisions by Formula 1 officials

Mexico is a unique circuit, in that air density is approximately 22% lower than for a track at sea level. This affects many things, that in turn had an impact on the amount of penalties flying around during the grand prix weekend, the first of which is downforce levels.

Teams will, as normal, simulate the optimum downforce level to achieve the best lap time, and then make decisions on the wing and drag levels. At Mexico City, the wing will have a larger cross section than you would normally have to generate this level of downforce, with most teams probably running something similar to what they run for the Hungaroring.

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