Hamilton and Verstappen are the only current drivers to have previously won in Mexico, Ricciardo took his most recent pole at the track and four drivers have scored points on every appearance. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Mexican Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton won the Mexico Grand Prix for a second time in 2019. He previously won the event in 2016, and finished as runner-up in 2015. Hamilton has a 100% points finishing record at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The only occasions that he has not finished on the podium here were in 2017 and 2018, when he finished ninth and fourth respectively. Both of those results secured him World Championship victories. Hamilton has taken pole once at the Mexico Grand Prix, in 2016, with 2015 being his only other front row start. Though he qualified fourth in 2019, Hamilton has started from third on the grid in all of the last three Mexico Grands Prix. 2015 is the only season that Hamilton has failed to out-qualify his team-mate at the circuit. In 2019, his drive from third to the win marked the first time that he has finished the Mexico Grand Prix in a better position than where he started it from.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas has a 100% points-scoring record at the Mexico Grand Prix. He has a best finishing position at the track of second, in 2017, and has had two further podium finishes in 2015 and 2019. His worst result so far is eighth in 2016. Bottas has reached Q3 on all five of his appearances, but is yet to qualify in the top three. His best qualifying result here is fourth, from 2017. Bottas crashed out of the final part of qualifying in 2019, making it the third consecutive year that he was been out-qualified by his team-mate. Bottas has never lost a position from where he has started at the Mexico Grand Prix.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen won the Mexico Grand Prix in both 2017 and 2018. He has a 100% points-scoring record at the track, with a worst finishing position of ninth with Toro Rosso in 2015. Verstappen has qualified on the front row at the circuit in all of the last three races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and took his first pole position at the track in 2019. However, Verstappen was demoted to fourth on the grid following a yellow flag infringement. 2018 is the only season that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez equalled his best Mexico Grand Prix performance in 2019 with a seventh place finish at his home event. He had previously finished seventh in 2017. 2018 is the only year in which Perez has failed to finish his home race, as well as the only time he has failed to score points at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. He retired from the race with braking issues. Perez has reached Q3 at the track only twice, in 2015 and 2017. He has a best qualifying result of ninth from his first home appearance. That year and 2019 are the only times that he has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit. Perez has gained at least one position from where he started in all four home races that he has completed.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
With an eighth place finish, Daniel Ricciardo scored at the Mexico Grand Prix in 2019 for the first time since his podium finish in 2016. Although he finished third in 2016, he never stood on the podium as the result was decided by penalties hours after the conclusion of the race. Ricciardo retired at the circuit in both 2017 and 2018. He had qualified on pole for the 2018 event, beating team-mate Max Verstappen to the front of the grid by just 0.026 seconds. In 2019, Ricciardo failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the track for the first time. His pole position in 2018 is the only time he has out-qualified his team-mate here. In the three races he’s finished, the Australian is yet to finish the Mexico Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris made his first outing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2018, when he took part in Free Practice 1 with McLaren. On his first Grand Prix appearance at the track in 2019, Norris failed to finish. He failed to out-qualify his team-mate, but still reached Q3 and lined up eighth on the grid.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel has finished as runner-up in each of the last two Mexico Grands Prix. Although he is yet to win at the circuit, he has finished in the top five in all of the last four races at the track. He crashed out in 2015, making it the only time that he has failed to reach the chequered flag. Vettel has taken pole once at the track, in 2017, and has never failed to qualify within the top seven. He also started from the front row in 2019, following a grid penalty for Max Verstappen. 2019 marked only the second time that Vettel has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll has scored once at the Mexico Grand Prix, with a sixth place finish on his first appearance in 2017. He has a 100% finishing record at the track and has finished twelfth here in each of the last two races. Stroll has progressed past Q1 only once at the circuit, recording a best qualifying position of twelfth in 2017. 2018 is the only time that the Canadian has out-qualified his team-mate at the track. Stroll has gained at least four positions from where he started on all three of his outings in Mexico so far.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
From his four previous Mexican Grand Prix appearances, Fernando Alonso has scored a solitary point with a tenth place finish in 2017. Alonso has a 50% finish rate at the track. While he finished thirteenth in 2016, he retired from the race in both 2015 and 2018. Alonso has never reached Q3 at the circuit and has a best qualifying result here of eleventh, in 2016. He is yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban Ocon has appeared three times previously at the Mexico Grand Prix: in 2016 with Manor and in 2017 and 2018 with Force India. He has a 100% finishing record at the track, but his career-best fifth place in 2017 is the only time that he has left the circuit having scored points. 2017 is also the only time he has reached Q3 here so far, qualifying in sixth place. He out-qualified his team-mate at the track in both 2017 and 2018.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc has scored on both of his Mexico Grand Prix appearances so far. He finished seventh for Sauber in 2018, and bettered that result with a fourth place finish with Ferrari in 2019. Leclerc has reached Q3 on both outings in Mexico, and qualified on the front row in the last race here, before inheriting pole position as the result of a grid penalty for Max Verstappen. Leclerc has out-qualified his team-mate on both appearances at the track.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz has never scored a point at the Mexico Grand Prix. In 2019, he equalled his best result of thirteenth at the track, which he previously recorded in 2015. Sainz has retired twice in Mexico, in 2017 and 2018. Despite never scoring, Sainz has qualified in the top ten at the circuit in all of the last four races. He recorded his best qualifying effort so far at the track in 2019 with seventh. It marked only the second time that the Spaniard has out-qualified his team-mate here. Sainz has lost positions from where he started in all of his three Mexico Grand Prix finishes so far.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly recorded his best result so far at the Mexico Grand Prix in 2019 with a sixth place finish. He has a 100% finishing record at the track and also scored in 2018 by finishing tenth. 2019 marked the first time he has appeared in Q3 at the circuit. He was eliminated in Q2 in 2018 and was out in Q1 in 2017. The Frenchman has failed to out-qualify his team-mate on all three appearances so far at the track. He has finished in a better position than where he started on all three appearances.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
This will be Yuki Tsunoda’s first Mexican Grand Prix appearance. He has no past experience here.
🇫🇮 KIMI RAIKKONEN
Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium twice at the Mexico Grand Prix, with third place finishes in 2017 and 2018. In addition, the Finn finished sixth in 2016 and has recorded two DNFs, in 2015 and 2019. 2015 and 2019 are also the only seasons that Raikkonen has failed to qualify in the top ten at this track. His best qualifying result here is fifth in 2017. Raikkonen has out-qualified his team-mate twice at the track, while of the three races he’s completed, 2016 is the only one which Raikkonen has failed to finish in a better position than where he started.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Prior to becoming a full time race driver, 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. The Italian finished fourteenth on his maiden Grand Prix outing at the track in 2019. He was eliminated in Q2, failing to out-qualify his team-mate and lining up fifteenth on the grid.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has never previously raced at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
This will be Nikita Mazepin’s first Mexican Grand Prix appearance.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
On his first appearance at the Mexico Grand Prix in 2019, George Russell finished sixteenth. He out-qualified his team-mate and lined up nineteenth on the grid. He gained three positions from where he started – although there were two retirements from the race.
🇨🇦 NICHOLAS LATIFI
This will be Nicholas Latifi’s first appearance in the Mexico Grand Prix. However, he has had two previous F1 outings here. He appeared in Free Practice 1 with Racing Point in 2018 and with Williams in 2019.
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