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Need To Know: 2021 Mexican Grand Prix

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 attending the Mexican Grand Prix on November 5-7, 2021!

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 seven 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 fourteen top three finishes. Now racing with Red Bull, and with two race wins under his belt, there’s a real opportunity for home success at the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix.

Embrace the off-track culture

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 during the week before the race weekend, there’s likely to be a carnival atmosphere in the city leading up to the race. 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.

Coronavirus protocols at the Mexican Grand Prix

To be granted entry to the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, you will need the ‘F1 Fast Pass’, for which you can register at creamedic.com. The pass will prove that you are fully vaccinated, or have recently tested negative for coronavirus. If you are not fully vaccinated, your PCR or antigen test must be booked through the above website.

Sell-out crowd expected

The Mexican Grand Prix has been a sell-out event in every season since it re-joined the calendar – and 2021 is also expected to be no exception. The event attracted over 330,000 fans each year between 2016 and 2020. It was the second best attended race in 2019, 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 – substantially more than the same seats at other races on the calendar.

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

Trackside at the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix

With only five races remaining in the 2021 season, the on-track rivalry between championship protagonists Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is heating up. While the title battle could take another twist, there’s plenty of other on-track action to keep an eye on over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend. Aside from the Formula 1 action, there will be support races from the NACAM Formula 4 championship, the Carrera Panamerica series and the Freightliner GTM series. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

The Mexican Grand Prix offers one of the best trackside experiences of the year. Event organisers have received the Race Promoters’ Trophy from the FIA in every year that the race has been held since its comeback in 2015.

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 2022 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

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