Four drivers have scored on every appearance at the Mexican Grand Prix, seven drivers have a 100% Q3 appearance rate and Max Verstappen is the only driver to have taken consecutive wins at the track in its World Championship history. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Mexican Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Despite clinching his last two World Championships at the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton hasn’t finished on the podium at the event since he won in 2016. He also finished on the podium in 2015, with second place. Hamilton has a 100% points scoring record at the track, with a worst finish of ninth in 2017. Hamilton has never failed to qualify in the top three in Mexico City, having taken pole position in 2016 and having started from the front row in 2015. 2015 is the only season where Hamilton has been out-qualified by a team-mate here. Hamilton is yet to finish the Mexican Grand Prix in a better position than where he started from.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has finished on the podium twice at the Mexican Grand Prix, with a best finish of second place in 2017. The Finn has a 100% points-scoring finish rate at the track, and is yet to finish outside the top eight. Bottas also holds a 100% Q3 appearance rate here, but is yet to qualify within the top three. He qualified a best of fourth in 2017. He has never finished in a lower position than where he started, gaining a best of three positions in 2015. Bottas is yet to lead a lap at the circuit and is yet to out-qualify Lewis Hamilton here.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
It’s fair to say that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been a bit of a bogey track for Sebastian Vettel. In 2015, a puncture on the first lap following contact with Daniel Ricciardo left him way down the field, he then spun later in the race at Turn 7 before crashing out at the same turn some laps later. 2016 is memorable for his expletive-laden radio rant after Max Verstappen overtook him off circuit. He stood on the podium, but was later demoted to fourth due to moving under braking when defending from Ricciardo. In 2017, after qualifying on pole, Vettel made contact with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap and had to pit. He fought back to fourth to record his best finish so far in Mexico, then bettered that result last year with a second place finish. 2016 is the only season where Vettel has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. He has led sixteen laps in total here – twelve in 2016 and four in 2018.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
On his first appearance at the Mexican Grand Prix last year, Charles Leclerc finished seventh. He out-qualified his team-mate and reached Q3, qualifying in ninth place. He made up two places during the race to bring home six points for the Sauber team.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen has won both of the last two Mexican Grands Prix. He has a 100% finish record at the circuit, with a worst finish of ninth in 2015. He very nearly took pole last season, but was beaten by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.026 seconds. It was the first time he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. Verstappen has lined up on the front row of the grid at the event in the last two seasons, while 2015 is the only time he hasn’t started within the top three. He has a 100% Q3 appearance rate at the track. Verstappen lost one position in each of his first two races at the track, and has gained a position from where he started in each of the last two seasons. Verstappen has led over double the number of laps of any other current driver in Mexico.
🇹🇭 Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon has no past racing experience in Mexico.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo secured his third and most recent Formula 1 pole position at last year’s Mexican Grand Prix. He was unable to win though, and retired with hydraulic issues. It was his second consecutive retirement at the track, having also been out after five laps in 2017 with turbo issues. His best finish here is third, which he inherited as a result of penalties for other drivers. While Ricciardo has never failed to reach Q3 at the circuit, last year marked the first time he has qualified in the top three at the circuit. Last season was also the first time he has out-qualified a team-mate in Mexico City.
🇩🇪 Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg recorded his best Mexican Grand Prix result so far last season with sixth place. Prior to that, he had two seventh place finishes plus a DNF in the 2017 race. Hulkenberg has a 100% Q3 appearance rate at the track, qualifying a best of fifth in 2016. He has started from seventh on the grid in each of the last two years and has out-qualified his team-mate at the track in all of the last three seasons.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean has scored just one point at the Mexican Grand Prix, with a tenth place finish in 2015. He has a 100% finish rate at the circuit, but is yet to score here with Haas. The Frenchman has never reached Q3 at the track and has been eliminated in Q1 in all of the last three years. Grosjean is yet to finish the Mexican Grand Prix in a lower position than where he started from, gaining a best of two places in both the 2015 and 2018 events.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
From his three previous appearances at the Mexican Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen has scored only once. That was with an eighth place finish in 2017. Like his team-mate, he has a 100% finishing record at the track. He too has never reached Q3 here, and has been eliminated in Q1 in both of the last two seasons. Last year marked the first time Magnussen has been out-qualified by a team-mate in Mexico City. His best qualifying position here is fourteenth in 2016, though he also lined up fourteenth on the grid in the following season. The most positions Magnussen has gained in a race at the track is six, which happened on his only points-scoring appearance in 2017.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz is yet to score a point at the Mexican Grand Prix and has retired in both of the last two seasons. His best finish here came in 2015 with Toro Rosso, when he finished thirteenth. Despite never scoring, Sainz has qualified in the top ten in all of the last three years, qualifying a best of eighth in 2018. 2016 is the only season where he’s out-qualified a team-mate at the track.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris made his first outing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez last season, when he took part in Free Practice 1 with McLaren.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez recorded his first home retirement at last year’s Mexican Grand Prix. He had scored points on every appearance before that, with a best finishing position here so far of seventh, scored in 2017. Perez has reached Q3 twice and has been eliminated in Q2 twice. His best qualifying position here is ninth in 2015, though he also started from ninth in 2017. 2015 is the only time that Perez has out-qualified a team-mate at the track. Before his retirement last year, the Mexican had gained at least one position from where he started in all of his home races.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll finished sixth on his first appearance at the Mexican Grand Prix, but was unable to finish in the top ten last year, coming home twelfth for Williams. He’s yet to reach Q3 at the track, with a best qualifying position of twelfth in 2017. He out-qualified his team-mate here for the first time last year. The Canadian has gained five positions from where he started in both of his Mexican Grand Prix appearances so far.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen’s coming together with fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas in 2015 marks his only DNF so far at the Mexican Grand Prix. Raikkonen has finished on the podium in Mexico in each of the last two seasons. 2015 is the only year where Raikkonen has failed to reach Q3 at the track, while 2016 is the only time that he has out-qualified his team-mate. His best qualifying position here is fifth in 2017. Raikkonen is yet to finish in a position worse than where he started in the three races which he’s completed at the track.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi has made two F1 appearances in Mexico. He competed in Free Practice 1 here with Haas in 2017, and with Sauber in 2018.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has appeared at the Mexican Grand Prix twice previously. He has a best finishing position of twelfth at the circuit in 2015, and finished a lowly eighteenth in the following year. Kvyat has qualified in the same position as where he finished in both of his appearances so far. He out-qualified his team-mate in 2015, but was out-qualified in 2016.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly has appeared twice at the Mexican Grand Prix, and scored his first point at the track last year. He’s yet to appear in Q3 here, having qualified last in 2017 and fifteenth in 2018. Gasly has been out-qualified by his team-mate in both of his appearances at the Mexican Grand Prix. As a result of his low starting positions, the Frenchman has been able to gain places in both of his races at the track. He made up seven places in 2017 and ten places in 2018.
🇵🇱 Robert Kubica
This weekend will be Robert Kubica’s first appearance at the Mexican Grand Prix.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell is yet to race in Mexico City.
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