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Mexican GP

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico-City
  • FP1 28 Oct 2022 -
  • FP2 28 Oct 2022 -
  • FP3 29 Oct 2022 -
  • Quali 29 Oct 2022 -
  • Race 30 Oct 2022 -

Stats

First held 1963
Laps 71
Circuit length 4.304 kilometer
Fastest lap 1:18.741 (2018)
Second in 2019 Lewis Hamilton
Tweede in 2019 Sebastian Vettel
Third in 2019 Valtteri Bottas

Winners

Winner 2019 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2018 Max Verstappen
Winner 2017 Max Verstappen
Winner 2016 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2015 Nico Rosberg

The F1 Mexico City Grand Prix will be held on 7 November 2021 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, located in the country’s capital of Mexico City. The circuit gets its name from famed Mexican drivers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez, the former of which died in practice for the 1962 Mexican GP.

F1 Mexico City Grand Prix 2021

The Mexico City Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2015 after a 23 year absence. Originally run at the Magdalena Mixhuca circuit from 1962 to 1970, organisers moved the event to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez when F1 returned to the country in 1986. This coincided with a shortening of the circuit and improved safety measures, but it was once again removed after the 1992 event.

Now a firm fixture on the race calendar, the event takes place after the United States Grand Prix at the end of October/beginning of November. Redesigned by Hermann Tilke ahead of F1’s return, the biggest changes saw half of the infamous Peraltada final corner removed in favour of a slower stadium section that packs in thousands of passionate fans.

The track’s smooth tarmac has usually resulted in low levels of tyre degradation, making track position and tyre selection key to success given the relatively few overtaking opportunities over the course of the 4.304km lap.

History

The first Mexican Grand Prix dates back to 1962. Held at the Magdalena Mixhuca circuit, it was the first international circuit in Mexico and like Monza, was built within a park in the centre of a major city, this time Mexico City.

Situated 7,340 feet above sea level, the bumpy racetrack was always host to the season-ending Grand Prix, held in late October.

The 1962 edition of the Mexican GP was a non-championship race, with Jim Clark winning in a Lotus after taking over teammate Trevor Taylor's car, as Clark had initially been black flagged for receiving a push-start. The event unfortunately brought tragedy with it, as Mexican star Ricardo Rodriguez was killed in the Lotus 24 during practice.

Clark won again the following year, this time an F1 World Championship event, which helped him equal Juan Manuel Fangio's record for most wins in a single season.

Both championships were on the line in 1964 as Clark, John Surtees and Graham Hill all landed in Mexico with a chance to win, with the latter leading the table. However, it was Surtees who would come out on top, aided by teammate Lorenzo Bandini, with the Briton winning the championship by one point. The result also helped Ferrari take home the Constructors' Championship.

Honda secured their first F1 win at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix thanks to American Richie Ginther, while 1968's race saw another three drivers battling it out for the title.

This time Hill squared off against Jackie Stewart and defending champion Danny Hulme. The right was a straight fight between Hill and Stewart, as Hulme retired early on after crashing due to a rear suspension failure. Stewart, who was in contention to win, fell back after developing engine issues, opening the door for Hill to take victory and his second Drivers' Championship.

Crowd issues in 1968 and 1970 contributed to the race being cancelled. The latter event saw 200,000 fans pack in to see Pedro Rodriguez, resulting in the race being delayed by an hour. Stewart hit a dog that ran across the track, while fans threw bottles on track as Ferrari duo Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni crossed the line for a 1-2.

Although the race was initially part of the 1971 calendar thanks to funds from a Swiss bank to better control the crowd, the event was dropped following the death of Rodriguez.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

The Mexican GP remained off the F1 calendar for several years. While there was an attempt to reintroduce it in 1980, the plan was cancelled, with IndyCar running events in what was a brief two-year visit.

By this point the Magdalena Mixhuca track was now named the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, named after the famous Mexican racing brothers that lost their lives.

Improvements were made to the track, including improved organisation, with the layout now slightly shorter as well. As a result F1 returned to the track in 1986, with Gerhard Berger winning his first F1 race in a Benetton.

The race was run in two parts the following year following Derek Warwick's heavy crash coming out of the Peraltada. Nelson Piquet finished first on track, however Nigel Mansell took the chequered flag thanks to a better aggregate time.

Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna took victories from there, with the Frenchman adding a second to his name for Ferrari in 1990 despite starting from 13th on the grid.

Senna crashed heavily at the Peraltada during practice in 1991. He was cleared and allowed to race, finishing third behind winner Riccardo Patrese and Mansell.

FISA demanded improvements be made to the track before the 1992 Mexican GP, which was moved to March. Mexico City's air pollution had hit record levels by this time, resulting in city officials imposing emergency measures to help with the problem. This added further pressure on organisers as they worked to get the track ready in time.

The race went ahead despite drivers complaining of the bumpy surface, with Williams duo Mansell and Patrese dominating the race. It proved to be the final race in Mexico for quite some time, as F1 left the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez once again.

Absence and return

Reports of a return to Mexico began to emerge as early as 2003, though plans to build a new track near Cancun were eventually abandoned.

After being left off the 2014 calendar, the Mexican GP finally returned in 2015 to an upgraded Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Nico Rosberg won the event for Mercedes, while teammate Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag the following year.

Max Verstappen won the following two editions of the race, with Hamilton clinching his fourth and fifth World Championships at the events.

Hamilton took the chequered flag in 2019, while the 2020 edition of the race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race will return in 2021, running under the new name of Mexico City GP.

Most successful F1 drivers and teams

Jim Clark won three times in Mexico, though one of those victories came at a non-World Championship event. Excluding that result, the Briton sits level with the likes of Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on two wins.

As for the Constructors, Lotus, McLaren, Williams and Mercedes have all won the event three times. Lotus' figure increases to four if Clark's non-Championship win is included.

The Mexican Grand Prix 2020

Unfortunately the race was cancelled in 2020 due to travel restrictions in the Americas related to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019 event saw Charles Leclerc start from pole after Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty, while Sebastian Vettel started second, making it an all-Ferrari front row.

However the race would see Hamilton come out on top, as his one-stop pit strategy got the best of the two Ferrari cars, with Vettel coming second and teammate Valtteri Bottas rounding out the podium. It was Hamilton’s 10th win of the season.

When is the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?

The Mexican Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 5-7 November and is provisionally set to be the 18th race of the Formula 1 season. The first two free practice sessions will take place on November 5 with qualifying on Saturday 6 November at 20:00 GMT.

What time does the Mexican Grand Prix start?

The Mexican Grand Prix starts on Sunday 7 November at 20:00 CET . The race can be followed live on RacingNews365’s live blog and watched on F1 TV.

F1 Mexican GP 2021 Schedule

Session Date Time (UK)
Free Practice 1 Friday 5 November 17:30 - 18:30
Free Practice 2 Friday 5 November 21:00 - 22:00
Free Practice 3 Saturday 6 November 17:00 - 18:00
Qualifying Saturday 6 November 20:00 - 21:00
Race Sunday 7 November 19:00 (71 Laps)
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