Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix!
🇲🇽 RACE WINNERS
There have been 19 Mexican Grands Prix since the event was first held as a round of the F1 World Championship in 1963. From those 19 races, there have been fifteen different winners.
No driver has won the Mexican Grand Prix more than twice. Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Max Verstappen have each recorded two victories here. Last year, Verstappen became the first driver to have taken back-to-back victories at the track.
Lotus, McLaren and Williams are all tied for the most victories at the track, with three apiece, while Honda and Renault are the most successful engine manufacturers here, with four wins each.
British drivers have taken more victories here than any other nation, with seven wins shared between Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell, John Surtees, Graham Hill and Lewis Hamilton.
From the 2019 grid, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers to have taken victory at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Verstappen has two wins compared to Hamilton’s one.
The longest streak of different winners at the track came between 1964 and 1989, when a different driver won the race in all eleven seasons it was held.
The largest win margin at the track came in the Mexican Grand Prix’s first championship event. Jim Clark won by 101.1 seconds in 1963. The smallest win margin was in 1991, when Riccardo Patrese won by 1.336 seconds.
The Mexican Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds on only four occasions, and has been won by less than ten seconds seven times.
In the four races since the event returned to the calendar in 2015, the average win margin has been 11.826 seconds.
🇲🇽 ON THE PODIUM
From the 19 races here, 28 different drivers have finished on the podium.
Ayrton Senna, Denny Hulme, Jack Brabham, Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese are all tied for the most podium finishes at the track, with four apiece.
Brabham and Ferrari are the two teams tied for the most podium appearances at the circuit, with ten each.
British drivers have had thirteen top three finishes here, more than drivers from any other nation.
On the 2019 grid, there are six drivers who have previously finished on the podium at the Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen have all finished in the top three twice, while Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have one top three finish each at the circuit.
From the 19 races here, the polesitter has finished on the podium fourteen times.
The lowest grid slot to take a podium finish in the Mexican Grand Prix is fourteenth, which has happened twice for Jackie Oliver and Denny Hulme, who each finished third having started fourteenth in 1968 and 1970 respectively.
There is yet to be a race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez where none of the top three qualifiers have finished on the podium, while there have been three races where all top three qualifiers finished in the top three in the Grand Prix. That happened in 1988, 1991 and 1992; with the top three finishing in the order in which they started in the latter two seasons.
In the nineteen races held here, thirteen different drivers have started from pole.
Jim Clark has taken more poles at the Mexican Grand Prix than any other driver, having set the pace on four occasions. Lotus are the team with the most poles at the track, with six. British drivers have taken more poles at the circuit than any other nation, with eight in total.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are the three drivers on the 2019 grid who’ve previously taken pole for the Mexican Grand Prix.
Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna are the only drivers to have taken back-to-back poles at the Mexican Grand Prix. Clark is the only driver to have taken more than two poles in a row at the track, having taken three consecutively in 1963, 1964 and 1965.
The longest streak of different polesitters at the track is currently ongoing, with a different driver having taken pole in the past eight seasons (in every race since 1989). There has been a different polesitter at the circuit in every year since the Mexican Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2015.
The largest pole margin at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez came in 1963, when Jim Clark set the fastest time by 1.7 seconds. Conversely, the smallest margin came in 1992, when Nigel Mansell set the fastest time by just 0.016 seconds.
Pole position has been decided by less than a tenth of a second at the circuit on six occasions, including twice in the past two years.
Since the Mexican Grand Prix returned in 2015, the average pole margin at the track has been 0.139 seconds.
🇲🇽 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The Mexican Grand Prix has been won from pole on nine occasions. It has been won from the front row of the grid thirteen times, and won from third or further back six times.
The furthest back win at the track came in 1990, when Alain Prost won for Ferrari from thirteenth on the grid.
There have been four occasions where the Mexican Grand Prix polesitter has finished on the podium without winning the race.
🇲🇽 SUNDAY STATS
There has only been one race here where more than ten drivers have completed every lap of the race. That happened in 2015, when 14 drivers completed all 71 laps of the race. In both of the last two races, just four drivers finished on the lead lap of the race.
All of the last four races here have featured a Safety Car of some description. The 2015 and 2016 races featured one full Safety Car period each, while 2017 and 2018 had a single Virtual Safety Car stint each.
There is yet to be a wet Mexican Grand Prix.
Jim Clark has set more fastest laps of the Mexican Grand Prix than any other driver, having set the Sunday pace on three occasions.
From the 415 cars which have started a race here, 239 have reached the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish rate of 57.59%.
The 2016 Mexican Grand Prix saw more drivers finish the race here than any other. 21 drivers crossed the finish line. Meanwhile, 1965 and 1966 saw the least finishers, with just eight drivers reaching the chequered flag on both occasions.
Two Mexican Grands Prix have been red-flagged. This happened in 1987 and 1989.
So far, 1,276 racing laps have been held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since the first championship race here in 1963.
🇲🇽 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
A World Champion has been crowned as a result of the Mexican Grand Prix five times, including in both of the past two seasons. Aside from Lewis Hamilton, the only driver to have been crowned champion here twice, John Surtees, Denny Hulme and Graham Hill all claimed title victories at the circuit.
The winner of the Mexican Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season on only three occasions. The last driver to do so was Nigel Mansell in 1992.
From the 19 races held here, there have only been three years where the leader of the championship has failed to go on to win that year’s title. They were Nigel Mansell in 1986, Alain Prost in 1988 and Ayrton Senna in 1989. The leaders of the Constructors’ Championship after the Mexican Grand Prix have never failed to go on to win the championship.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth 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 GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.