Trackside – 2018 Mexican Grand Prix

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Your trackside guide to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix on October 25-28.

The Mexican Grand Prix offers some of the best trackside atmosphere on the whole F1 calendar, especially in the Foro Sol stadium section. The weekend kicks off with an F1 drivers’ autograph session and other activities at the track from 16:00 on Thursday. In addition to more than 6 hours of on-track F1 action, the 2018 Mexican GP schedule features a support program with Formula 4, Porsche Supercup and Panamericana Series racing, all of which stage practice, qualifying and at least one race throughout the weekend.

Access & Orientation

  • Gates open at 08:00. Expect airport-style security screening; more information about what you can and cannot bring into the circuit is here. No glass bottles or cans are allowed. Max 300mm lens on your camera.
  • The circuit is separated into zones, which means you will be restricted to the area where your grandstand is located. It’s not possible to walk around and check out the views from different parts of the track. Check the MexicoGP website for the best entry gate for your ticket/zone.
  • No parking is offered at the circuit. Get the metro or taxi/Uber to the track instead. More information in Getting There & Around.
  • Be aware there’s no re-entry allowed at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Once you’ve entered the track, you cannot leave and return on the same day.
  • Click here to download a detailed circuit map for the 2018 Mexico GP.

2018 Mexico GP schedule

Thursday October 25

  • 15:00-15:30: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 16:00-17:15: F1 Drivers’ Autograph Session (TBC)
  • 18:00-19:00: Run the Track
  • 18:00-20:00: Welcome barbeque

Friday October 26

  • 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 11:55-12:20: Formula 4 practice
  • 12:30-13:00: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 14:00–15:30: Formula 1 free practice (FP2)
  • 16:00-16:45: Porsche Supercup practice
  • 17:10-17:35: Panamericana Series practice
  • 18:00-18:25: Formula 4 qualifying

Saturday October 27

  • 10:00-11:00: Formula 1 free practice (FP3)
  • 11:25-11:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 13:00-14:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 14:30-14:50: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 15:00-15:35: Porsche Supercup first race (16 laps)
  • 16:00-16:30: Formula 4 first race (12 laps)
  • 17:00-17:25: Panamericana Series qualifying

Sunday October 28

  • 08:25-08:55: Panamericana Series race (12 laps)
  • 09:20-09:50: Formula 4 second race (12 laps)
  • 10:15-10:50: Porsche Supercup second race (16 laps)
  • 11:00-11:20: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 11:30-12:00: F1 Drivers’ Parade
  • 12:00-12:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 13:10-15:10: 2018 Mexico Grand Prix (71 laps)

Need to know

  • Free WiFi is available for fans at the circuit! Download the “MexicoGP” app for IOS and Android to access more trackside information.
  • F1 Vision is available and costs $1999 MXN (approx. $105 USD) for the weekend.
  • There’s plenty of food and drink stalls at the circuit, including staff who roam the grandstands. Heineken provides the trackside beer. All drinks are sold in plastic cups only, which can be inconvenient. Pack an empty plastic bottle or purchase a branded bottle from the merchandise stall to make your life easier

Been to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez? Leave a comment with your trackside tips!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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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  1. Emma Harris says:

    Hi Andrew.
    Love your webpage! So helpful and informative. I am in Mexico this weekend in the blue zone stand 6. Do you know if you can get onto the track at the end or walk down to the podiums to see the winners ceremony?

  2. HELP!! My son is racing at the Formula 4 support race at the Mexican Gran Prix this weekend! Is it being televised somewhere? I am getting no information on this and need to watch his race from here in Canada! Any news on this??

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