Mexican F1 Grand Prix 2016: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2016

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team German Nico Rosberg drives his car during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix practice session at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City on October 28, 2016. / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg can win the 2016 Formula One world title at the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday, but the gap between him and team-mate Lewis Hamilton is a little closer following the latter's win at Austin last week.

All Rosberg needs the rest of the way are two second-placed finishes and a third to win the title regardless of what Hamilton does, but if the Brit fails to finish in Mexico, a win will do the trick, with two races still to go.

Here's a look at the TV schedule for Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix:

   

Date: Sunday, October 30

Broadcast Times UK: Sky Sports, 5:30 p.m. GMT/Channel 4, 6 p.m. GMT

Broadcast Times US: NBC, 2:30 p.m. EDT

To access the full list of drivers, click here.

    

The Track

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is an iconic track that is unlike the majority of modern circuits on the current Formula 1 calendar in that it's built for speed, first and foremost. While there are a handful of technical corners, particularly at the end of the first section and just before the final straight, the cars are flying all over the track most of the time.

Here's a look at the circuit guide:

The altitude will play a major role, as it presents a whole new challenge for the constructors. Red Bull struggled to adapt during the first practice session, and Max Verstappen paid the price, with his brakes catching fire.

As reported by Sky Sports (h/t ESPN's Lewis Larkam), team principal Christian Horner explained what happened:

We had an issue, with the rear brakes basically overheating. It was an energy recovery setting that we were trying that just got the rear brakes out of control. It damaged a couple of the electric looms and that's caused a bit of down time just to get that fixed.

The rear brakes got that little bit too hot just on the in lap and the thermal build-up when they stop the car unfortunately damaged the looms.

The thin air means cooling the car isn't as straightforward as it would be elsewhere―Verstappen's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also spent some time in the pits cooling his brakes in practice.

    

Preview

Once again, all eyes will be on the two Mercedes cars, who are expected to dominate the fast circuit in Mexico City and run away with the two top spots. The altitude opens the door for some late drama, however, especially should Rosberg develop a mechanical issue or struggle with his brakes.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 28:  Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing climbs into his car in the garage during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 28, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (P
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Mercedes focused on the medium compound and longer runs during the first practice session―they're likely well aware of the danger and will do everything to make sure something like that doesn't happen.

Hamilton cruised to an easy win in Austin, but Rosberg was in full control throughout the race as well, barring his stint behind Ricciardo. The German is under little pressure right now: He knows the Silver Bullets are faster than the rest of the field, and he can afford to play it safe and be conservative.

The German doesn't seem too nervous, judging by this video he posted after his second-placed finish in Austin:

Hamilton has been in this place before, however. The current champion seemed to have lost the 2008 title until he passed Timo Glock in the final corners of the Brazilian Grand Prix, and he'll be hoping for another miracle eight years later.

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