THIRTY MILES NORTH OF MEXICO CITY
lie the ancient ruins of Teotihuacán, at the centre of which is an enormous stone structure. This is the Pyramid of the Sun, constructed around 2,000 years ago, and steep steps carved into its rock lead you to the summit, 65 metres up. The reward for this gruelling climb is a stunning view across the Valley of Mexico.
At its peak a handful of wide-eyed tourists mingle with contemplative backpackers. Unbeknown to any of them, a Formula 1 driver sits among the sightseers, taking in the magnicent view.
After the workout in the hot afternoon sun, there is not a bead of sweat on the ultra-t racer as he surveys all below him. Wearing aviator shades, Nico Hülkenberg is smiling and relaxed. The attention isn’t on him this week, it’s his team-mate Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez who is soaking up the adulation of his home crowd. But it’s particularly apt that Hülkenberg has made the effort to reach the Teotihuacán summit, since Force India are also gearing themselves up to reach new heights this coming season; a new force in the sport could soon be upon us.