PREVIEW – Mexican Grand Prix

Features

Round nineteen of the season heads across the US/Mexican border into Mexico to the capital Mexico City. Mexico first held a Grand Prix in the 1960’s at this circuit named after the after the racing drivers Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez. Ricardo was killed at the non-championship race in 1962 and Pedro was killed in a sports car race at the Norisring in 1971.

The circuit has a mix of long straights and fast corners which gives some great over taking opportunities for drivers. One of the eye conic sections of this circuit is Foro Sol stadium where the circuit goes through. Watching last year’s race when Sergio Perez went through the stadium and with Esteban Gutierrez back on the grid it will only add to the drama and excitement of the fans.

This race looks to have a strong future as we saw last year with record crowds and seeing the stadium roar has lead organisers to add more tickets and seats for this year’s race! The circuit will again see the battle between Mercedes, as Nico Rosberg could seal his first title this weekend.

Facts and figures

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Race FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2016
Venue F1 Grand Prix Circuit 2015, Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez Grand Prix circuit

Mexico City, Mexico

Circuit Length 4.304 km (2.674 mi)
Laps 71
Race Distance 305.541 km (189.854 mi)
Lap Record 1:20.521 (Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 2015, FIA Formula One)
Most wins drivers Jim Clark (3)
Most wins manufacture Lotus (4)

Event timetable

  Local Summer Local Winter BST GMT
Friday
P1 10:00-11:30 N/A 16:00-17:30 N/A
P2 14:00-15:30 N/A 20:00-21:30 N/A
Saturday
P3 10:00-11:00 N/A 16:00-17:00 N/A
Qualifying  13:00-14:00 N/A 19:00-20:00 N/A
Sunday
Race N/A 13:00-15:00 N/A 19:00-21:00

Note – Clock change in UK, BST to GMT on Saturday Night at 01:00BST and in Mexico at 01:00DST

What happened in 2015?

Nico Rosberg started a run of good races following Lewis Hamilton’s title victory in Austin. Rosberg took control of the race making some good passes and with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crashing out of the race allowed him to take second in the championship. It didn’t get better either in another round of Fin v Fin Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen whos front wheel went over the front left of the Williams and breaking the red car’s suspension.

Full Race Report Full Result

2015 vs 2014 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2015 01:25.990 01:21:531 01:21.083 01:20.436 01:19.829 01:19.480 01:42:35.038 01:20.521
2014 NOT HELD

Tyres

Driver Super soft Soft Medium
HAMILTON 5 5 3
ROSBERG 5 4 4
VETTEL 6 4 3
RAIKKONEN 6 5 2
BOTTAS 7 3 3
MASSA 6 4 3
RICCARDO 6 4 3
VERSTAPPEN 6 4 3
MAGNUSSEN 6 2 5
PLAMER 6 3 4
HULKENBERG 7 3 3
PEREZ 7 3 3
KVYAT 8 3 2
SAINZ 8 3 2
BUTTON 6 4 3
ALONSO 6 4 3
ERICSSON 7 3 3
NASR 7 3 3
WEHRLEIN 6 5 2
OCON 6 5 2
GROSJEAN 7 4 2
GUTIERREZ 7 5 1
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