At the 21st World Championship race in Mexico, Hamilton or Verstappen could set a new outright record for most wins in the country, while Verstappen can overtake Clark as the driver to have led the most laps at the event. Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix!
The 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix will be the 1,053rd World Championship Formula 1 race. It will be the 22nd Mexican Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1962, and the 21st Mexican Grand Prix to be held as a round of the F1 World Championship.
This will be the first time that the F1 race in Mexico will have the official title of “Mexico City Grand Prix”.
The 2021 Mexican Grand Prix will be the third F1 race to take place on 7th November. The last race held on this date was the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Lap 53 of the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix will be the 1,400th racing lap to take place at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in World Championship history.
This weekend, Haas will equal the number of F1 appearances by the Surtees team. Surtees started 118 races, their last appearance being at the 1978 Canadian Grand Prix.
THE RECORDS TO BREAK
If Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen win the 2021 Mexico Grand Prix, they will become the driver to hold the outright record of most wins at the event. Both drivers currently share the record of two wins with Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost.
If Lewis Hamilton is victorious, he will become only the second driver to take back-to-back wins at the Mexico Grand Prix. The only other driver to do so is Max Verstappen, who took consecutive wins in 2017 and 2018.
A win for McLaren, Williams or Mercedes would see them set a new record for most team wins at the event. All three are currently tied with Lotus on three wins apiece. Ferrari or Red Bull will join that list if any of their drivers win this weekend.
Since F1 returned to Mexico in 2015, no driver has taken more than one pole position at the circuit. That could change this weekend, if Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo or Charles Leclerc take pole. If any driver other than those listed here take pole, they will become the tenth different polesitter in the last ten races at the venue.
If Charles Leclerc takes pole position, he will be the first driver to take consecutive pole positions at the Mexico Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna in 1988 and 1989.
Valtteri Bottas and/or Lewis Hamilton could score a record-equalling fourth podium finish at the Mexico Grand Prix this weekend. The record is currently shared between Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese and Nigel Mansell.
A second place finish for Sebastian Vettel would see him equal Jack Brabham as the driver to have finished as runner-up most frequently at the Mexico Grand Prix. Brabham finished as runner-up three times at the Mexico Grand Prix during his career.
A third place for Kimi Raikkonen or Valtteri Bottas would see them equal Denny Hulme as the driver to have finished in third place the most times at the Mexico Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas are currently tied with Nigel Mansell as the drivers to have scored most frequently at the event. All four have scored five times at the Mexico Grand Prix. Who will extend the record to six this weekend? All three of those current drivers could equal Pedro Rodrgiuez as the driver to have finished in the top ten the most times at the event. Rodriguez finished in the top ten six times at his home event.
If Max Verstappen leads 54 laps of the 2021 Mexico Grand Prix, he’ll overtake Jim Clark as the driver to have led the most laps at the track.
Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso are currently tied as the drivers with the most Q2 eliminations at the Mexican Grand Prix. If either driver is eliminated in Q2 this weekend, they would extend the record to four Q2 exits. Kimi Raikkonen could also equal the pair’s record.
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.
Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.