Red Bull have won in Mexico in each of the last two seasons, Ferrari have recorded the most DNFs at the circuit and Haas have scored only once in Mexico City. Here’s how the teams‘ histories compare at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez!
Mercedes dominated their first two appearances in Mexico City when the track rejoined the calendar in 2015, scoring 1-2 finishes in both 2015 and 2016. Since then, Valtteri Bottas’ second place finish in 2017 has been their only podium appearance here in the last two races. The team are yet to record a DNF at the track, with Lewis Hamilton’s ninth place in 2017 – which was enough to win him the Drivers’ Championship – being their lowest finish to date.
The team have never failed to reach the final part of qualifying here, and have always had one car qualify in the top three. Mercedes locked-out the front row at the circuit in both 2015 and 2016. Valtteri Bottas’ fifth place in qualifying last year is the team’s worst qualifying performance here to date.
Ferrari have appeared in every Mexican Grand Prix except the 1966 event. Having already lost the Constructors’ Championship in the USA, the team saw no point in sending their cars on to Mexico. Ferrari have won here twice – with Jacky Ickx in 1970 and Alain Prost in 1990. Last season saw the team take their first double podium finish at the track since 1990. Though no Ferrari driver has failed to finish any of the last three races in Mexico City, the team have had a low finish rate here historically, with only half of their entries reaching the finish line. The team have suffered double DNFs on seven of their appearances here.
Kimi Raikkonen’s Q2 exit in 2015 is the only time Ferrari have failed to reach the final part of qualifying in Mexico. The team have taken pole here twice, with Clay Reggazoni setting the fastest time in 1970 and Sebastian Vettel taking pole in 2017. The team have qualified on the front row a further four times.
In each of the last two years, Max Verstappen has won the Mexican Grand Prix with Red Bull while his team-mate has retired. Aside from their two non-finishes, Red Bull have finished in the top five on every attempt, and with Daniel Ricciardo’s third place in 2017 have finished on the podium in all of the last three seasons.
A Red Bull driver is yet to miss out on reaching the final part of qualifying at this track, and the team secured their first front row lock-out here in 2018. They also started from the front row with Max Verstappen qualifying in second in 2017, the same year in which Daniel Ricciardo qualified seventh – their worst qualifying slot so far at the circuit. Ricciardo was demoted to sixteenth on the grid that year due to power unit changes.
Nico Hulkenberg scored Renault’s first points in Mexico last season by finishing sixth. From their six entries so far, Renault have only finished three times. Both drivers retired in 2017, while Carlos Sainz was eliminated with battery issues in 2018.
The team have reached the final part of qualifying with both cars in each of the last two seasons in Mexico. Nico Hulkenberg recorded their best qualifying position so far at the track last year, with seventh on the grid. Jolyon Palmer failed to set a time for the team in the 2016 qualifying session.
Kevin Magnussen’s eighth place in the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix is the Haas team’s only points-scoring appearance so far in Mexico. The team have a 100% finish rate at the circuit, but other than Magnussen’s eighth place, their cars have never finished higher than fifteenth in the race.
In all three of their appearances so far, both Haas drivers have been eliminated in Q1 in Mexico City. Romain Grosjean recorded the team’s best qualifying performance so far here last year, with a nevertheless lowly sixteenth place.
McLaren have won in Mexico three times, and recorded a 1-2 finish here in 1988. The team have scored in each of the last two seasons, with Stoffel Vandoorne recording an eighth place finish last year – their best since the track’s return to the calendar in 2015. 1987 is the only year where neither McLaren driver crossed the finish line in Mexico, as well as the only occasion between the 1969 event and 1991 where neither driver appeared on the podium.
McLaren are yet to reach the final part of qualifying here, with a double Q1 exit in 2015 and Q2 appearances since then (aside from Stoffel Vandoorne, who was eliminated in Q1 last year). The team took three consecutive poles at the track between 1988 and 1990, and locked-out the front row in 1988 and 1989. Since Mexico’s return to the calendar, Fernando Alonso’s eleventh place in qualifying here is McLaren’s best Saturday result at the track.
Racing Point (Force India)
2018 marked the first time that Force India failed to score at the Mexican Grand Prix in their four appearances here. With Sergio Perez failing to finish and Esteban Ocon finishing eleventh, it was the first time Force India’s drivers finished outside of the top ten at the circuit. Their best result here came thanks to Ocon in 2017, who finished fifth.
2018 was also the first time neither Force India driver reached the final part of qualifying at the Mexico circuit. The team reached Q3 with both cars in 2015 and 2017, with Nico Hulkenberg recording their best qualifying result at the track in 2016 with fifth on the grid.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
Last season was the first time Sauber scored points at the Mexican Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc finishing seventh and Marcus Ericsson ninth. They’ve recorded two non-finishes at the track, with Felipe Nasr failing to reach the end in 2015 and Ericsson suffering an engine failure in 2017.
2018 was also the first time a Sauber appeared in the final part of qualifying, with both Leclerc and Ericsson reaching the top ten. Before that, Sauber had seen at least one of their cars eliminated in Q1 in each season here, with a double Q1 exit in 2017. Leclerc’s ninth on the grid is their best qualifying result so far in Mexico.
Toro Rosso have scored only three points at the Mexican Grand Prix, the least of any current team. Max Verstappen finished ninth in 2015, while Pierre Gasly picked up one point with a tenth place finish at the track last season. The team have recorded only one DNF so far at the track, with Brendon Hartley forced out of the race with engine problems in 2017.
Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz reached the top ten in qualifying for Toro Rosso in 2015 and 2016 respectively, but the team haven’t appeared in the final part of Saturday’s action since then. Daniil Kvyat in 2016 and Pierre Gasly, who failed to set a time, in 2017, are the only Toro Rosso drivers to have been eliminated in Q1 in Mexico. Verstappen’s eighth place on the grid in the team’s first appearance at the track remains their best qualifying result here to date.
Williams have taken more 1-2 finishes at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez than any other team. All three of their wins in 1987, 1991 and 1992 also featured their other car finishing as runner-up. Other than their double DNF at the track in 1988, last season is the only other time where neither Williams driver has scored in all of the team’s eleven appearances in Mexico.
The Williams team have suffered a decline in pace over the past three seasons in Mexico. Both cars reached the final part of qualifying in both 2015 and 2016, while both cars could only reach Q2 in 2017, and both were eliminated in Q1 last year. 1988, 2017 and 2018 are the only occasions where Williams drivers have failed to qualify in the top ten. The team have taken three poles in total here, with front row lock-outs in both 1991 and 1992.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.