FIA WEC Mexico City Resources:
» The 0.240 second gap between Porsche and Toyota proved to be deceptive. Porsche led from the green and looked comfortable throughout. The lead Porsche lapped the Toyota pair around the 4 hour mark, and despite a drive through penalty, the second Porsche followed soon afterwards.
» The LMP1 gap is expected to shrink for coming races. The Toyota TS050 is expected to suit the long straights of COTA, Shanghai and Fuji better than Mexico City. The Toyota was fastest in sector one, the majority of which is straights and low speed chicanes. The Porsche was stronger in the high downforce areas.
» Despite being off the pace of the Porsche 919s, Lopez put in a strong performance. The fastest laps appeared to come on old rubber, which suggests that the Toyota can be very kind on its tyres. Good news for the high speeds of COTA, Shanghai and Fuji?
» We witnessed our first change of a fuel flow meter during a race at Mexico. Porsche changed the FIA supplied part on the #2 919 during a pit stop. It had no impact on the time of the pit stop, and took a mechanic 15-20 seconds to make the change.
» WEC Mexico City 2017 was the first race to not feature the ByKolles CLM P1/01 since Le Mans 2014. The car was originally registered as a Lotus, during a time where it seemed everything was a Lotus in some form.
» The Rebellion LMP2 win is the first since the 2009 Le Mans Series 1000km of Silverstone. The team raced under the name Speedy Racing Team Sebah, using a Lola B08/80. The 2009 LMS victory was the first LMP2 class win for the team.
» The Rebellion win can largely be credited to a strong opening stint from Bruno Senna. The Brazilian pulled an almost 40 second gap in his opening stints, giving his co-drivers a large enough buffer for the lead to be retained during driver swaps.
» Third place for Manor is their first points paying podium in FIA WEC. The previous podium at Spa in 2006 was with the #45 non-points scoring entry. Despite a spin, Ben Hanley had a strong first race for the team, challenging for the victory in the closing stages.
» Due to the bizarre incident involving the filming of a music video, Tockwith Motorsport will be sitting out the rest of the season. Unfortunately this means that the LMP2 class is back being an Oreca spec class, with no other brand represented.
» The Aston Martin versus Ferrari battle was somewhat neutered at the end by a penalty. The #71 Ferrari was penalised for speeding under FCY, and 10 seconds added to the race time. The Ferrari crossed the line first, but the #97 Aston Martin only had to keep it insight to be granted the victory.
» Opinions are divided on the incident involving the #92 Porsche and #61 Clearwater Ferrari. Some argue that the Porsche was lapping the Ferrari, and had the inside line and right of way. Others argue that the Ferrari was well ahead before the braking zone, and the Amateur driver is fully committed to the apex at that point. Race control penalised the #61 Ferrari for the incident. Let us know your opinion in the comments.
» More divided opinions with the #66 Ford and #51 Ferrari incident. The Ferrari didn’t leave room for the Ford and the #66 left the racing surface to avoid. When rejoining he made contact with the #51 Ferrari. Some say that the Ferrari should have allowed the Ford to rejoin. Others argue that it is up to the Ford to rejoin safely. Race control penalised the Ford for the contact, and then granted a second penalty for missing the pit entry line. Again, let us know your thoughts in the comments.
» BoP was questioned again in Mexico (when is it not?). Porsche and Ford appeared unable to challenge the Ferrari and Aston Martins. The automated BoP system may still be finding its feet, so we’ll keep an eye on that for the future.
» The 2017 6 Hours of Mexico may be the last. WEC is moving to a winter schedule, and although there is a TBA date in February, it has been indicated it won’t be going to Mexico City. A South American circuit looks to be the favourite for the slot – Interlagos?
» The high altitude and thinner air of Mexico City extended the stint times significantly. LMP2s were able to do an additional 10 minutes in a stint, with each stint being 10 minutes longer. Brendon Hartley seemed to be of the opinion that Porsche could have run even longer than they did as well.
» There was only two FCYs during the race. One was for a baseball off the racing line, between turns 3 and 4. The second was for debris from the #61 Clearwater Ferrari, which carried damage from the Porsche incident for the entire race. Despite promises from forecasters, no rain fell during the entire 6 hours.