Need To Know: 2019 Mexican Grand Prix

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The eighteenth round of the Formula 1 season brings the sport to Mexico City for one of the best attended races of the year. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix on October 25-27, 2019!

The Mexican Grand Prix has been a popular addition to the calendar since its revival in 2015. The event had a 23-year hiatus before returning five seasons ago, but the passion of the Mexican fans hasn’t dwindled. Part of that is thanks to Sergio Perez’s presence on the grid. Perez is Mexico’s most successful Formula 1 driver by way of podiums with eight top three finishes.

There is so much to see and do in Mexico City’s surrounding area, from visiting the vast Chapultepec Park to seeing the impressive Teotihuacan pyramids and sampling Mexico’s expansive foodstuff delights. And with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations taking place just after the race weekend, it’ll be worth sticking around for the once in a lifetime experience. We’ve rounded up more of the best places to visit on your Mexican Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Mexico for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

For a fifth consecutive year, the 2019 running of the Mexican Grand Prix will be a sell-out. The event has attracted over 330,000 fans in all of the last three years, with a similar number expected to pass through the turnstiles over the weekend this year. It was the second best attended race last year, second only to the British Grand Prix. This is perhaps surprising, given that tickets are not that affordable for local fans. A 3-day General Admission ticket will set you back over 30% of the average monthly wage in Mexico City. Tickets are not cheap, with all categories ranking within the top four most expensive races of the season. Grandstand tickets opposite the pits in Mexico cost $1500 – almost $600 more expensive than at any other race.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Mexican Grand Prix!

What to look forward to at the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix

There’s no denying that the Mexican Grand Prix offers one of the best fan experiences of any race on the calendar. The promoters have won the prestigious Best Promoter award at the FIA Prize Giving every year since the event rejoined the calendar. With its location in Mexico City, there’s already lots to look forward to before you even arrive at the track!

When you do get to the circuit for the on-track action, the Mexican Grand Prix offers something a little different. As the race is situated at the highest altitude seen all season, the levelling effect on engine performance can lead to closer racing. This was reflected last year when Red Bull, with the inferior Renault engine, took pole and won. Max Verstappen has taken victory at the track in each of the last two seasons.

In both 2017 and 2018, Lewis Hamilton has clinched the World Championship in Mexico. He could do it for a third year in a row in 2019, but only stands a chance of doing so if he finishes on the podium and his team-mate does not.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

The Mexican Grand Prix offers one of the best trackside experiences of the year. Aside from the Formula 1 action, there will be five support races from the NAMCAM Formula 4 championship, Panamericana Series and Porsche Supercup. The party will go on after the race, with DJ Tiësto playing a set on the podium after the podium celebrations. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

If you’re not in Mexico City for this year’s Mexican Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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