Race Facts – Mexican Grand Prix

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The Mexican Grand Prix has been staged at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City twenty times since 1963, most recently returning to the F1 calendar in 2015 after a 20+ year absence. The 2019 Mexican Grand Prix is on 24-27 October.

The first Mexican Grand Prix was held in 1962 on the newly built Magdalena Mixhuca circuit in Mexico City, named after the city park where it was located, which would host track cycling, field hockey, basketball and fencing during the Summer Olympics in 1968. In 1963, the race became part of the Formula 1 World Championship, and was won for the second time in succession by Jim Clark. 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 last event for 16 years was won by Jacky Ickx in 1970 for Ferrari.

The circuit was partially redesigned and renamed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (after Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez, local racing brothers who both lost their lives in racing incidents) for it’s return to the F1 calendar in 1986. Still featuring the 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.

Mexican Grand Prix: Did You Know?

  • No driver has won more than two races here. Four drivers – Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Max Verstappen – have won here twice. Verstappen could set a new outright record for Mexican GP wins at the 2019 event.
  • Lotus, McLaren and Williams are the most successful teams here, having won three times each. Ferrari or Mercedes, who are currently on two wins apiece at the track, could join that list in 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 2015, the final turn on the redesigned circuit was named after Nigel Mansell, who won the Mexico Grand Prix twice (1987 and 1992).
  • Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have won the title at the Mexican Grand Prix twice, having done so in both of the last two seasons. John Surtees, Denny Hulme and Graham Hill are the other drivers to have taken title victories at the circuit.
  • In 2018, Max Verstappen became the first driver to win the Mexican Grand Prix in consecutive years.
Circuit NameAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Race first held1962
Track Length4.304km (17 turns)
Race Distance305.354km (71 laps)
Lap Record (new layout)1:18.741, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, 2018)
2018 Result1st Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1:38:28.851
2nd Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +17.316s
3rd Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) +49.914s
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