The reigning world champion WRC Sebastien Ogier said that problems with overheating in the rally of Mexico can reach critical values.
The current rally leader Kris Meeke only able to avoid difficulties due to overheating, after driving almost perfectly the El Chocolate stage, while most of the cars constantly received warnings.
Kris Meeke took the lead on Rally Mexico
The first six miles of the SU turns abound, and the road itself rises to the level of 2746 m above sea level. In such circumstances, the car lacked power, and due to overheating, they were forced in some areas to go to road mode.
“Almost all had problems with overheating on the first SU, and we are no exception – said Ogier in an interview with AUTOSPORT. – We, like others, had to drive a large part in the safe mode. I tried to be less aggressive at this stage that the engine is not overheated up to the limit marks, and this despite the fact that we were driving with reduced power.”
“In such difficult conditions, the new cars may have problems – continued Ogier. Yet worry a little, the engine should be all good, but today was not so hot. Tomorrow in some areas the situation may become critical.”
Head of engineering team M-Sport, Chris Williams admitted that the low speed El Chocolate and the height above sea level is the worst scenario for the team: “We all spent a lot of calculations, but prior to the first SU nobody could predict the course of events. Then SEB got a warning, but not a singal anxieties as the rest of our racers.
For tomorrow we hope something come up. On the eve of the rally we tried to find a compromise between aerodynamic and cooling solutions and may have lost”.
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