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Location: Mexico City, Mexico Track Length: 4.309km Laps: 71 Lap Record: 1:18.741

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez F1 circuit guide

Despite only making its return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez has a rich history in Formula 1 with a Mexican Grand Prix stretching all the way back to the 1960s.

Initially appearing in 1962 as a non-championship event, the Mexican Grand Prix joined Formula 1's World Championship the following year, but it wasn't until 1986 that the event moved to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez where it remained until dropping off the schedule after 1992.

Hermann Tilke set about renovating the venue for Formula 1's return in 2015, with the alterations making this a 2.674-mile circuit consisting of 17 turns.

Based in Mexico City, the venue is named after the racing drivers Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez. It's situated within the public park of the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City in southeast Mexico City.

The venue can hold up to 110,000 fans, and its stadium section when full serves as a spectacle of the Formula 1 calendar.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez F1 circuit information

This is one of the shorter laps on the Formula 1 calendar, taken at a very high average speed. Valtteri Bottas' lap record from 2018 came from an 196.777 km/h average.

Everything gets a little more technical into the stadium section before rejoining the main straight, a main straight which is up there with the longest on the Formula 1 calendar.

The modern V6 hybrid turbo F1 cars have managed to reach top speeds in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph) down the main straight.

Turn 1 - With the engine screaming it's hard on the brakes for this 90-degree right.
Turn 2/3 - A very short burst of acceleration into this left. Not quite as sharp as Turn 1. This then followed by a mirrored right turn.
Turn 4/5 - On the power down the back straight and hit the brakes again for another left-to-right section.
Turn 6 - Short burst of power into this tight double-right. It's important to clip the inside kerbs and nail both apexes.
Turn 7/8/9 - Brake for the first of these left but quickly back on the power, then full throttle through as the track flows right and then left again for turns 8 and 9.
Turn 10/11 - Now brake for this right curve and in qualifying trim take the following left bend flat out, taking some kerb for the perfect exit.
Turn 12 - A short straight ends with a tight 90-degree right, hard on the brakes and there's little room for error, the run-off ahead is rather limited.
Turn 13 - Now heading into the stadium section, beginning with this very tight hairpin, almost bringing the drivers back on themselves.
Turn 14/15 - Quickly into this right curve with a very minor left adjustment to go between the stands and exit the stadium.
Turn 16 - A fairly tight right curve.
Turn 17 - Finally a minor right kink, basically the start of the main straight.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez schedule: 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

Friday, October 29, FP1: 1130-1230

Friday, October 29, FP2: 1500-1600

Saturday, October 30, FP3: 1100-1200

Saturday, October 30, Qualifying: 1400

Sunday, October 31, Race: 1300

(local times)

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez tickets: how to get them for the big race

The Formula 1 website asks fans to leave an e-mail address so that they can be contacted when tickets for the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix are put on general sale.

Motorsporttickets.com have released their prices and are well worth checking out, while grandprixevents.com also have their ticket options with prices listed.

Both also offer hospitality and VIP options for the events, with the F1 experiences section also a good bet for making your Mexican Grand Prix experience the trip of a lifetime.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ticket lowdown: things to note

If you want to really watch the Mexico City Grand Prix from luxury, then get yourself in a Main Grandstand Skybox courtesy of F1 experiences. Further information can be found on their page as part of the Mexico City GP ticket packages section.

If your budget is slightly smaller then the Foro Sol North and South stands really are the place to be - the stadium section at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez is truly a unique experience.

The main grandstand is situated at the start-finish line, perfect to see the fight for pole on Saturday or the race to victory on Sunday. You also have the added benefit of being able to watch pit activity, the grid setup, exciting pit stops, the race start and the prestigious podium ceremony.

Grandstands 3-6 are located at the opening section of the track, taking in the views of turns 1, 2 and 3. You have an excellent view of the cars as they handle the challenging three turns here, with Turn 1 serving as a prime overtaking opportunity at the end of that huge pit straight.

The General Admission area is located down the back straight which follows. Grandstand 9, as well as Trackside Box C and D are perfectly placed to see drivers negotiate turns 4, 5 and 6.

Grandstand 10 overlooks the exit of that section, while Grandstand 11 benefits from a giant screen. Fans here will have an excellent overview of the action, which stretches all the way across to the overtaking spot at the end of the back straight, Turn 12.

And finally it's the iconic Foro Sol Stadium, watch as the cars negotiate these series of turns, roared on by crown noise which rivals that of the engines, before heading back onto the main straight.

VIP Platino Plus land you a perfect view as the drivers curve back onto the main straight.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez directions: how to get there

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is located in the public park of the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, which is in southeast Mexico City.

Mexico City’s main airport is the Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), and its here that most international F1 fans will arrive.

From there the metro or taxi is the best way to get to and from the stadium. Please note there is no parking at the circuit.

The track is sectioned into colour-coded zones and you’ll have to enter through the correct gate to access your zone, something which is rather unique on the Formula 1 calendar.

Address: Av, Viad. Río de la Piedad S/n, Granjas México, Iztacalco, 08400 Iztacalco, CDMX, Mexico

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez history, memorable races and past winners

To date the venue has hosted twelve Mexican GPs, while in 2021 it will host the first Mexico City Grand Prix.

While the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez may not have the kind of longevity of some of the other venues on the Formula 1 calendar, it has certainly provided plenty of drama over the years.

In 1986 it was the scene of Gerhard Berger's first win in his Benetton B186, while in 1990 we were treated to a fantastic battle between Nigel Mansell and Berger over P2 after suspension damage from a puncture had forced Ayrton Senna to retire from the lead. Over the years Senna had several incidents on the bumpy old Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

In 2016 Max Verstappen controversially dropped off the podium due to a penalty after going wide at Turn 1 and not handing over the place to Sebastian Vettel. Following the podium ceremony though Vettel too was booted from the top three for moving under braking when defending from Verstappen's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, promoting the Aussie to P3 and sealing that position for himself in the Drivers' Championship.

Vettel was seen afterwards turning the air blue with a colourful rant at former FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

Drivers with most wins

Lewis Hamilton, 2 wins (2016, 2019)
Max Verstappen, 2 wins (2017, 2018)
Nigel Mansell, 2 wins (1987, 1992)
Alain Prost, 2 wins (1988, 1990)

Teams with most wins

Williams, 3 wins (1987, 1991, 1992)
Mercedes, 3 wins (2015, 2016, 2019)
Red Bull, 2 wins (2017, 2018)
McLaren, 2 wins (1988, 1989)

Last 10 wins

2019 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2018 - Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2017 - Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2016 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2015 - Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
1992 - Nigel Mansell, Williams
1991 - Riccardo Patrese, Williams
1990 - Alain Prost, Ferrari
1989 - Ayrton Senna, McLaren
1988 - Alain Prost, McLaren

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez F1 circuit fastest lap

This is one of the shorter laps on the Formula 1 calendar, taken at a very high average speed. Valtteri Bottas' lap record, a 1:18.741 set in the Mercedes W09 in the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix, came from an 196.777 km/h average.

Max Verstappen's 1:14.758 from qualifying in 2019 is the outright fastest lap of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, though sadly it didn't get him pole after a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags relegated him to P4 on the grid.

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Daniel Ricciardo: "The circuit is okay and at least it provides overtaking opportunities which means the races are never boring. I love the stadium section, that’s unique and the crowd there is insane."

Max Verstappen: "It turns into a party atmosphere pretty much as soon as the race is finished."

Lance Stroll: "The Mexican Grand Prix is probably one of my favourite tracks of the year. I love the city; the food is great, and the atmosphere is awesome."

 

Mexican Grand Prix Schedule October 29-31

Practice 1 29 Oct 2021 11:30 AM
Practice 2 29 Oct 2021 3:00 PM
Practice 3 29 Oct 2021 11:00 AM
Qualifying 1 30 Oct 2021 2:00 PM
Qualifying 2 30 Oct 2021 2:00 PM
Qualifying 3 30 Oct 2021 2:00 PM
Race 31 Oct 2021 1:00 PM