F1 Team Form: Mexican Grand Prix

Mercedes, McLaren and Williams share the record for most wins in Mexico, while Haas have never made it out of Q1 at the track. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Mexican Grand Prix!


MERCEDES

WINS: 3, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 7

2019 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 3rd

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. Mercedes won for the first time since 2016 at the event in 2019, with Lewis Hamilton taking victory. Valtteri Bottas also finished on the podium. In 2017 and 2018, Bottas’ second place finish in 2017 was their only podium appearance. 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. 2019 was the first time that neither driver has qualified in the top three at the event. Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth, while Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth – Mercedes’ worst qualifying position at the track so far – after crashing out heavily in Q3. Mercedes locked-out the front row at the circuit in both 2015 and 2016.


Red Bull have won the Mexican Grand Prix twice, with Max Verstappen being victorious in both 2017 and 2018. The team’s only retirements so far in Mexico came in the two seasons that they won, with Daniel Ricciardo failing to finish on both occasions. Aside from their two non-finishes and Alex Albon’s sixth place in 2019, Red Bull have finished in the top five on every attempt. With Ricciardo’s third place in 2017, the team have finished on the podium in three of the last four Mexico races.

Red Bull have set the pole position time in each of the last two races here. While Daniel Ricciardo beat Max Verstappen to pole in the 2018 event by just 0.023 seconds, Verstappen set the pole time in 2019. After qualifying, Verstappen was demoted after failing to slow for yellow flags. A Red Bull driver is yet to miss out on reaching the final part of qualifying at this track, and the team secured their only front row lock-out here so far 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.

RED BULL

WINS: 2, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 3

2019 RESULT: ALBON 5th, VERSTAPPEN 6th


McLAREN

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 9

2019 RESULT: SAINZ 13th, NORRIS DNF

McLaren have won in Mexico three times, and recorded a 1-2 finish here in 1988. The team failed to score in 2019, but had scored in the previous two seasons. Stoffel Vandoorne finished eighth in 2018 – their best result since the event’s return to the calendar. 1987 is the only year where neither McLaren driver crossed the finish line in Mexico, as well as the only occasion between the 1969 and 1991 events where neither driver appeared on the podium. A McLaren driver has retired from the Mexican Grand Prix in each of the last two races.

McLaren reached Q3 at the Mexican Grand Prix for the first time in 2019, marking the first time they had qualified in the top ten at the track since 1992. 2015 is the only season that McLaren have recorded a double Q1 elimination at the track. The team took three consecutive poles at the track between 1988 and 1990, and locked-out the front row in 1988 and 1989.


From their five appearances since F1’s return to Mexico, 2018 is the only season that the Silverstone-based team have failed to pick up points at the Mexican Grand Prix. Aside from Sergio Perez’s retirement and Esteban Ocon’s eleventh place finish in 2018, Lance Stroll is the team’s only other driver to have failed to score at the Mexican Grand Prix. The Canadian finished twelfth in 2019, while Perez finished seventh – a position in which they’ve finished four times at the track. Ocon finished fifth in 2017, recording the Silverstone-based team’s best result at the circuit since Andrea de Cesaris finished fourth for Jordan on the team’s first appearance in 1991.

Neither of the Silverstone-based team’s cars have reached Q3 in either of the last two Mexican Grands Prix. Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2019. As Force India, the team reached Q3 with both cars in 2015 and 2017, while Nico Hulkenberg recorded their best qualifying result at the track in 2016 with fifth on the grid.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: PEREZ 7th, STROLL 12th


ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 8th, HULKENBERG 10th

The Enstone-based team scored on their first appearance at the Mexican Grand Prix in 1986, with Gerhard Berger taking victory for Benetton. The team has recorded a single podium finish since then – a third place for Michael Schumacher; his first of 155 top three career finishes. Since F1’s return to Mexico in 2015, the Enstone team has not finished above sixth place. Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth that year, while 2019 marked the first time that both Renault drivers finished in the points at the Mexican Grand Prix (and the first time the Enstone team had done so at the circuit since 1990). In the last three Mexican Grands Prix, Renault recorded three DNFs. Both drivers retired in 2017, while Carlos Sainz was eliminated with battery issues in 2018.

Team Enstone’s best qualifying result at the Mexican Grand Prix is third place, recorded by Michael Schumacher for Benetton in 1992. Renault reached the final part of qualifying at the Mexican Grand Prix with both cars in 2017 and 2018. Nico Hulkenberg recorded their best qualifying position since F1’s return to the track in 2018, with seventh on the grid. Both cars were out in Q2 in 2019. Jolyon Palmer, who failed to set a time in 2016, is the only driver to record a Q1 exit for this team in Mexico.


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. 2018 saw the team take their first double podium finish at the track since 1990, and at least one driver has appeared on the podium in all of the last three Mexico races. Though no Ferrari driver has failed to finish any of the last four races in Mexico City, the team have had a low finish rate here historically, with just over half of their entries reaching the finish line. The team have suffered double DNFs on seven of their appearances here, most recently in 2015.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Q2 exit in 2015 is the only time Ferrari have failed to reach the final part of qualifying in Mexico since the event’s return to the calendar. The team have taken pole here three times, with Clay Reggazoni setting the fastest time in 1970, Sebastian Vettel taking pole in 2017 and Charles Leclerc taking pole in 2019. Though Leclerc started from pole in 2019, he didn’t actually set the fastest time. He was promoted to pole after Max Verstappen’s grid penalty. Their two poles are the only times that they have started on the front row here since 1988.

FERRARI

WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 11

2019 RESULT: VETTEL 2nd, LECLERC 4th


ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: GASLY 9th, KVYAT 11th

Toro Rosso have scored only five points at the Mexican Grand Prix, the second-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 in 2018 and two points for ninth place in 2019. 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.

2019 marked the first time that both Toro Rosso drivers have reached Q3 at the Mexican Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat qualified ninth, while Pierre Gasly qualified in tenth. Aside from 2019, the team have had a further two Q3 appearances here. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz reached the top ten in qualifying for Toro Rosso in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 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.


2018 is the only season that the former Sauber team have scored at the Mexican Grand Prix. That year, Charles Leclerc finished seventh while Marcus Ericsson finished ninth. In their first appearance as Alfa Romeo in 2019, Antonio Giovinazzi finished fourteenth while Kimi Raikkonen recorded the team’s third DNF at the track. Felipe Nasr failed to reach the end in 2015 and Ericsson suffered an engine failure in 2017.

2018 is the only time so far that the team have reached Q3 at the circuit so far, doing so with both cars. All of their first three visits to the track resulted in at least one Q1 elimination, and both cars were out in Q1 in 2017. Both Raikkonen and Giovinazzi were eliminated in Q2 in 2019. Charles Leclerc’s ninth on the grid in 2018 is their best qualifying result so far in Mexico.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 14th, RAIKKONEN DNF


HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 15th, GROSJEAN 17th

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 four 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 in 2018, with a lowly sixteenth place.


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, the last two races here are the only other times where neither Williams driver has scored in all of the team’s twelve appearances in Mexico.

The Williams team have suffered a decline in pace over the past four 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 in 2018 and 2019. 1988, 2017, 2018 and 2019 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.

WILLIAMS

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 8

2020 RESULT: BOTTAS 2nd, HAMILTON 3rd


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