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Race Facts – Mexico Grand Prix

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The Mexican Grand Prix has been staged seventeen times as part of the Formula 1 World Championship, always at the same circuit in Mexico City.

The first Mexican Grand Prix was held on the newly built Magdalena Mixhuca circuit in 1962, though it wasn’t until the following year that it became part of the F1 World Championship. Jim Clark won three times at the circuit in the early years. Sadly, it wasn’t long before the Mexican GP lost its place on the calendar, mainly as a result of its own popularity. The organizers were unable to control the 200,000+ spectators flocking to the event each year, making it dangerous for the drivers.

The renamed – and partially redesigned – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez returned to the F1 calendar in 1986 after a 16-year absence. Still featuring a fearsome banked final corner (Peraltada), the circuit proved popular with drivers despite the very bumpy surface. The Mexican Grand Prix produced some exciting racing during this period, but once again fell from favor. The organizers weren’t able to come up with the funds required to modernize the circuit, and Mexico City’s terrible pollution didn’t help.

After a 23-year hiatus, Formula 1 returned to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2015. The circuit was comprehensively redesigned by Hermann Tilke ahead of F1’s return; the main change saw a slow-speed ‘stadium section’ added, cutting off half of the infamous Peraltada final corner. The race has been strongly supported by local fans, with sell out attendances despite high ticket prices.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: did you know?

  • At 2,240 meters above sea level, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is by far the highest track on the current F1 calendar. Next highest is Brazil at 765 metres. At the other end of the scale, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi and the Sochi Autodrom are both less than 1 meter above sea level.
  • The circuit was originally called Magdalena Mixhuca after the park in which it is located, but was renamed after the Rodriguez brothers (Ricardo and Pedro), local drivers who bost lost their lives in racing incidents.
  • Jim Clark completed a ‘Grand Slam’ at the Mexican GP in 1963, taking pole position, fastest lap and the win, leading every lap of the race.
  • In the 1986 Mexico Grand Prix, Gerhard Berger took the first of his 10 Grand Prix wins. Driving a Benetton B186, one of the most powerful F1 cars ever raced, Berger completed the win on one set of Pirelli tires.
  • The Magdalena Mixhuca park hosted track cycling, field hockey, basketball and fencing during the Summer Olympics in 1968.
  • In 2015, the final turn on the redesigned circuit was named after Nigel Mansell, who won the Mexico Grand Prix twice (1987 and 1992).

Mexico Grand Prix Facts

Circuit Name Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Race first held 1962
Track Length (number of turns)4.304km (20)
Race Distance71 laps (305.541km)
Lap Record (new layout)1:20.521, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes, 2015)
2016 Results1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:40:31.402
2nd Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) + 8.354s
3rd Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +20.858s
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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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