Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix!
Track length: 4.304km
Race length: 305.354km
Circuit opened: 1959
F1 first visited: 1963
Races held: 21
Track Record: 1:14.758, Max Verstappen, 2019
Lap Record: 1:18.741, Valtteri Bottas, 2018
There have been 21 Mexican Grands Prix since the event was first held as a round of the F1 World Championship in 1963. From those 21 races, there have been fifteen different winners.
In 2021, Max Verstappen became the first driver to have won more than two races in Mexico. Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Lewis Hamilton have each recorded two victories here. In 2018, Verstappen became the first driver to have taken back-to-back victories at the track.
Lotus, McLaren, Williams, Mercedes and Red Bull are all tied for the most victories at the track, with three apiece, while Honda is the most successful engine manufacturers here, with five wins.
Lotus, McLaren, Williams, Mercedes and Red Bull are the only teams to have taken victories in consecutive seasons at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Williams, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes are the four teams to have taken 1-2 finishes at the Mexican Grand Prix. Williams have the most 1-2 finishes here, with three, while the most recent 1-2 finish at the track was for Mercedes in 2016.
British drivers have taken more victories here than any other nation, with eight wins shared between Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell, John Surtees, Graham Hill and Lewis Hamilton.
From the current grid, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers to have taken victory at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
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 ten seconds on eight occasions and has been won by less than five seconds on five occasions.
The overall average win margin has been 26.298 seconds. In the six races since the event returned to the calendar in 2015, the average win margin has been 10.937 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
From the 21 races here, 29 different drivers have finished on the podium.
Ayrton Senna, Denny Hulme, Jack Brabham, Nigel Mansell, Riccardo Patrese and Lewis Hamilton are all tied for the most podium finishes at the track, with four apiece.
Ferrari overtook Brabham as the team with the most podium finishes in Mexico in 2019. The Scuderia have had eleven podium finishes at the circuit.
British drivers have had fifteen top three finishes here, more than drivers from any other nation.
On the current grid, there are six drivers who have previously finished on the podium at the Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has four podiums here, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen have three, Sebastian Vettel has two and Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez each have a single podium finish at the event.
From the 21 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 21 races held here, 15 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, Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas are the five drivers on the current grid who’ve previously started from pole for the Mexican Grand Prix. Max Verstappen took pole position in 2019, but was demoted three places on the grid for a yellow flag infringement.
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.
Clark’s run of three poles made Lotus the first team to take three consecutive poles at the circuit. It’s a feat which has been matched only once since, by McLaren between 1988 and 1990.
The longest streak of different polesitters at the track is currently ongoing, with a different driver having taken pole in the past ten races at the track (in every race since 1989). There has been a different polesitter at the circuit 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 four Mexican Grands Prix.
Overall, the average pole margin at the Mexican Grand Prix has been 0.372 seconds. Since the Mexican Grand Prix returned in 2015, the average pole margin at the track has been 0.141 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 eight 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 on which the Mexican Grand Prix polesitter has finished on the podium without winning the race.
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.
All of the last six races here have featured a caution period of some description. The 2015, 2016 and 2021 races featured one full Safety Car period each, while 2017, 2018 and 2019 had a single Virtual Safety Car stint each.
There is yet to be a wet Mexican Grand Prix.
Fourteen different drivers have set the fastest lap of the race at the Mexican Grand Prix. Jim Clark has set more fastest laps here than any other driver, having set the Sunday pace on three occasions.
From the 455 cars which have started a race here, 275 have reached the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish rate of 60%.
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, 1,418 racing laps have been held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since the first championship race here in 1963.
A World Champion has been crowned as a result of the Mexican Grand Prix five times, including in two of the last four races. Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to be crowned champion here twice. John Surtees, Denny Hulme and Graham Hill have also claimed title victories at the circuit.
The Constructors’ Championship has been decided at the Mexican Grand Prix twice. Ferrari won in 1964, while Lotus emerged victorious in 1968.
The winner of the Mexican Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season on only five occasions – including in the last two races at the venue. In 2019 Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to do so since Nigel Mansell in 1992. Mansell remains the last Mexican Grand Prix polesitter to win the championship in the same season.
From the twenty races held here, there have only been three years where the leader of the championship after this event 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.
There have been six dead rubber F1 races held in Mexico. Both titles had been decided prior to the races in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970 and 2015. In addition, the Constructors’ Championship had been decided prior to the Mexican Grand Prix in 1967, 1986, 1987, 2016 and 2019.
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. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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