F1 Grid Slot Stats: Mexican Grand Prix

The polesitter has not won since 2016, while the driver starting eighth has retired from the last three Mexico City races. Here’s everything you need to know about each grid slot’s history at the Mexican Grand Prix!


THE STATS IN BRIEF

  • Polesitter not won since 2016
  • 2nd has finished in the top two every race since 1991
  • 6th has finished on podium in two of the last three races
  • 8th has retired from three of last four races
  • 16th and 19th have never scored

THE OVERVIEW

GridLast WinLast PodiumLast PointsLast DNFBest Finish
120162016201920181st
220182021202119871st
320212021202120151st
419862021202119921st
5-2017202119912nd
6-2019202119922nd
7-1989201820173rd
8-1987202120193rd
9-1968202119922nd
10-1963202119922nd
11--201919874th
12--202120184th
1319901990201920211st
14-1970201720193rd
15--201820157th
16---20177th
17--198920216th
18--202120155th
19---201511th
20--201819929th

The polesitter has not won the Mexican Grand Prix since 2016. Both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished fourth having started from pole in 2017 and 2019 respectively. In 2018, Daniel Ricciardo became the first polesitter to retire from the Mexican Grand Prix since Jim Clark in 1965. In 2021, Valtteri Bottas finished fifteenth having started from the front of the grid. Before 2017, there had been a run of four consecutive races where the driver starting on pole position had gone on to win the Mexican Grand Prix.

In total, nine of the 21 races held so far in Mexico City have been won from pole and there have been seven occasions on which the polesitter has failed to finish in the top three. Aside from Clark and Ricciardo’s retirements, the only other time the polesitter failed to cross the finish line at the track was in 1964. Once again it was Clark who was the polesitter, but he stopped on the penultimate lap. He was classified in fifth, so still picked up points from the event.


The driver starting from second has won two of the last four Mexican Grands Prix. Both times it has been Max Verstappen who has taken the honours, becoming the first driver to take back-to-back wins at the circuit. Furthermore, the second grid slot has supplied a top two finish in all of the last seven eight here (since 1991). Aside from this, the grid slot has provided a further two wins and another two runner-up places. With no non-finishes from this slot since 1987, it’s one of two grid slots to share the longest finishing streak at the track.


In 2019, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to win the Mexican Grand Prix from third on the grid since Jacky Ickx in 1970. It was also the first time that the driver starting here has finished on the podium since F1’s return to Mexico. Max Verstappen also won from third on the grid in 2021. The grid slot has had five wins in total, one more than second on the grid.


In four of the last five Mexican Grands Prix, the driver starting in the fourth grid slot has finished on the podium. Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez took the final spot on the podium from fourth on the grid in 2016 and 2021, while Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel have each finished as runner-up having started from fourth in 2017 and 2018 respectively. It’s a position which has had two wins – for Denny Hulme in 1969 and Gerhard Berger in 1986. The position has had more non-finishes than any other grid slot in the top nine. When the driver starting here has reached the end of the race, they have never finished in a position outside of the points.


In every Mexican Grand Prix since 1992, the driver starting fifth has scored points. During that time, Nico Huikenberg’s seventh place in 2015 is the only time that the driver lining up fifth hasn’t finished in the top five. The best result for a driver starting here is second, recorded by Jack Brabham in 1967 and Riccardo Patrese in 1989.


The driver starting sixth has finished third in two of the last three Mexican Grands Prix. The grid slot has had three podium finishes in the last six races at the circuit, with Valtteri Bottas also finishing third in 2015. The grid slot has had seven podium finishes in total, six of those being third places. The driver starting here finished third for three consecutive seasons between 1965 and 1967!


Only one podium finish has been recorded from seventh on the grid at the Mexican Grand Prix. That was for Michele Alboreto, who finished third in 1989. Since 2015, the driver starting here has scored points three times, with a best result of fifth for Sebastian Vettel in 2016. The driver starting seventh has failed to score in each of the last two Mexican Grands Prix.


The driver starting eighth has retired from three of the last four Mexican Grands Prix. Charles Leclerc brought a streak of three consecutive DNFs from this grid slot to an end in 2021. Carlos Sainz failed to finish from eighth on the grid in both 2017 and 2018, while Lando Norris retired from this grid position in 2019. The driver starting eighth has scored only twice in the last eight races at the circuit and has failed to cross the finish line in fourteen of the 21 races here.


In 2019, Daniil Kvyat became the first driver to fail to score points from ninth on the grid at the Mexican Grand Prix since the event returned to the calendar. In 2015 and 2016, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa finished where they started to score two points each, while in 2017 and 2018, Perez and Charles Leclerc each started from ninth and gained two positions in the race to finish in seventh place. Sebastian Vettel followed suit and finished seventh in 2021. Bruce McLaren recorded the best finish for a driver starting ninth at the Mexican Grand Prix. He finished in second place in 1968.


The best result for the driver starting tenth in Mexico came in the very first World Championship race here, when Jack Brabham finished as runner-up. All of the first three races here resulted in top seven finishes for the driver starting tenth, but since then there have been only two top seven finishes from here. The driver starting tenth has scored in all of the last three Mexico races.


Along with second on the grid, the eleventh grid slot has gone the longest without a DNF at this circuit, with no driver retiring from the position since Derek Warwick in 1987. The position has also scored points in four of the last eight races at the track – fourth for Andrea de Cesaris in 1991, fifth for de Cesaris in 1992, sixth for Lance Stroll in 2017 and seventh for Sergio Perez in 2019. This is the highest grid slot to have never had a podium finish in Mexico.


With eleven non-finishes, twelfth on the grid has one of the highest non-finish rates at the Mexican Grand Prix, including two DNFs in the last four races. Marcus Ericsson retired with engine issues in 2017, while Fernando Alonso had an early exit with water pressure problems in 2018. In better news for the driver starting twelfth, in the nine races where the driver starting here has finished the race, they have finished in the top ten. With ninth place in 2021, Fernando Alonso recorded the best result for the driver starting twelfth during the Mexico Grand Prix’s comeback to the calendar. Before that, the driver starting here had finished 10th on every occasion they reached the chequered flag since 2015.


Thirteenth is the furthest back grid slot from which a win has come at the Mexican Grand Prix. Alain Prost won from this grid slot in 1990. Until Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth in 2019, that was the most recent time that the driver starting here had scored. It has had the least top ten finishes of any grid slot in the top fourteen.


Fourteenth holds the record for the furthest back grid slot from which a podium finish has been recorded at the Mexican Grand Prix. In fact, the driver starting here has finished on the podium twice, with both Jackie Oliver and Denny Hulme finishing third in 1968 and 1970 respectively. Since F1’s return to Mexico, Kevin Magnussen is the only driver to score from this position. He finished eighth in 2017. The driver starting fourteenth has retired from the last two races in Mexico.


Stoffel Vandoorne’s eighth place in 2018 marked the first time that the driver starting fifteenth at the Mexican Grand Prix has scored points. However, that is not the best finish for this grid slot. The best result was seventh for Pedro Rodriguez in 1969, before the position offered points. It has had a further three top ten finishes, but these too were before the positions awarded points.


Sixteenth is another grid slot with a high DNF rate, with ten non-finishes in total. Since F1 returned to the track, the driver starting here has retired twice and is yet to finish above twelfth. In fact, sixteenth on the grid has never given a points finish at this circuit. Hap Sharp’s seventh place finish in the first championship Mexican Grand Prix in 1963 is the best result so far for the grid slot at the track.


Gabriele Tarquini’s sixth place in 1989 is the only time that the driver starting seventeenth at the Mexican Grand Prix has picked up a point. It’s also the last time that the driver starting here finished in the top ten; the fifth time in total. Twelfth is this position’s best result since F1 returned to Mexico, recorded by Stoffel Vandoorne in 2017.


Of any grid slot from thirteenth and further back, eighteenth has had the equal-most points-scoring races. The driver starting here has scored five times, with a best result of fifth for Jo Bonnier in 1968. The driver starting here has scored twice since F1’s return, with tenth place finishes for Fernando Alonso in 2017 and Lando Norris in 2018.


Nineteenth is the only other grid slot to have never secured a top ten finish at the Mexican Grand Prix. Guy Ligier’s eleventh place finish in 1967 is the best result for this grid slot so far at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Since the track’s return to the calendar, Stoffel Vandoorne’s twelfth place in 2017 is the best finish for a driver starting from nineteenth.


Pierre Gasly’s tenth place in 2018 is the only time that the driver starting twentieth at the Mexican Grand Prix has scored a point. Despite that, there have been three better finishes from here. All three were ninth place finishes, scored by Henri Pescarolo in 1968, Christian Danner in 1986 and Martin Brundle in 1989.


Romain Grosjean is the only driver to have started the Mexican Grand Prix from the pit lane. He did so in 2016, but could finish only twentieth in the 22-car field.


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