THIRTY MILES NORTH OF MEX­ICO CITY

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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 magnicent 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.

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