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The Mexican Grand Prix - Hermanos Rodriguez

The Mexican Grand Prix (Mexican GP) from Oct. 26-29, 2023, marks an important milestone in the current Formula One season, with just three races remaining. In all likelihood, the Formula One title for both driver and team will be decided at one of these races.
One week earlier, the US Grand Prix already took place, and next up is what is now the penultimate race of the season - the Brazilian Grand Prix in São Paulo. We eagerly await the rousing finale of the Formula One season.

The past of the Mexican Grand Prix

The Mexican Grand Prix has a fascinating history dating back to the 1960s. The race was first held in 1962 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City. The track was named after Mexican racing brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez.

In the early years of the race, the Mexican Grand Prix was part of the Formula One World Championship. Legendary drivers such as Jim Clark, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell took impressive victories at this circuit.

The race was repeatedly dropped from the racing calendar in the years that followed, and then reintroduced. After a lengthy hiatus, the Mexican Grand Prix returned to Formula One in 2015, at which time the circuit underwent extensive renovations to bring it up to modern safety standards.

Since then, the Mexican Grand Prix has become an integral part of the Formula One calendar and enjoys great popularity among drivers, teams and fans. The spectacular atmosphere at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez adds to the appeal of this GP.

The Mexican Grand Prix is marked by captivating races and legendary drivers. The race undoubtedly remains an important part of international motorsport and adds to the fascination of Formula One.

Screenshot from the official site of the Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez

Mexican Grand Prix: Track layout - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

For the Formula 1 return in 2015, the Mexican Grand Prix course was adapted by German race track designer Herman Tilke. In particular, the safety of the track was significantly increased.

The track has a length of 4.304 kilometers and is known for its challenging routing.

The distance consists of a mixture of long straights and technically challenging corners. One of the most distinctive curves is the famous Peraltada curve. This long, outward-opening curve was originally a banked corner, but was modified to improve safety. Riders here must combine high speed and precision to successfully negotiate the curve.

Another challenging track element is the so-called stadium section. This section consists of a series of tight turns surrounded by grandstands, providing spectators with an intense racing experience. Drivers here must make precise steering maneuvers and have excellent control of their vehicle to negotiate the corners quickly and efficiently.

The altitude of the track, which is about 2,200 meters above sea level, presents another major challenge. The thinner air at this altitude affects the performance of the engines and requires teams to specially tune their vehicles.

Overall, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez offers drivers and spectators an exciting racing experience. The unique layout of the track and the challenging curves add to the fascination of this circuit and make it an important venue for Formula 1.

Screenshot from the official site of the Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez

The winners of the Mexican Grand Prix

YearWinnerPole Position
2021Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda)Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2020No race due to COVID-19
2019Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
2018Max Verstappen (Red Bull-TAG Heuer)Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-TAG Heuer)
2017Max Verstappen (Red Bull-TAG Heuer)Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
1992Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault)Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault)
1991Riccardo Patrese (Williams-Renault)Riccardo Patrese (Williams-Renault)
1990Alain Prost (Ferrari)Gerhard Berger (McLaren-Honda)
1989Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda)Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda)
1988Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda)Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda)
1987Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda)Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda)
1986Gerhard Berger (Benetton-BMW)Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault)
1970Jacky Ickx (Ferrari)Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari)
1969Denis Hulme (McLaren-Ford)Jack Brabham (Brabham-Ford)
1968Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford)Joseph Siffert (Lotus-Ford)
1967Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
1966John Surtees (Cooper-Maserati)John Surtees (Cooper-Maserati)
1965Richie Ginther (Honda)Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
1964Dan Gurney (Brabham-Climax)Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
1963Jim Clark (Lotus-Climax)Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
1962Jim Clark (Lotus-Climax)Jim Clark (Lotus-Climax)

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