F1 Team Form: Mexico City Grand Prix

Mercedes, McLaren, Williams and Red Bull 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 Mexico City Grand Prix!

MERCEDES

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 8 | 2021 RESULT: HAMILTON 2nd, BOTTAS 15th

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. Until 2021, Hamilton’s ninth place in 2017 – which was enough to win him the Drivers’ Championship – was their lowest finish to date. However, Bottas finished only fifteenth last year after being spun on the first lap. The team are yet to record a retirement here.

Mercedes have never failed to reach the final part of qualifying here. The team have taken three poles in Mexico – in 2015, 2016 and 2021. Each time they have taken pole, they have also locked out the front row. Aside from those three seasons, Mercedes have no further front row qualifications here – but are yet to qualify outside of the top six. Mercedes’ worst qualifying position at the track so far is sixth, recorded by Valtteri Bottas after crashing out heavily in Q3 in 2019.

RED BULL

WINS: 3, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 5 | 2021 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 1st, PEREZ 3rd

Red Bull have won the Mexican Grand Prix three times, with Max Verstappen being victorious in 2017, 2018 and 2021. Sergio Perez also finished on the podium last year, giving the team their fifth top three finish here as well as their first double podium result. The team’s only retirements so far in Mexico came in seasons that they won, with Daniel Ricciardo failing to finish in both 2017 and 2018. 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.

Red Bull have set the pole position time in both 2018 and 2019. 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 Verstappen qualifying in second in 2017, the same year in which 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.

FERRARI

WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 11 | 2021 RESULT: LECLERC 5th, SAINZ 6th

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. 2021 was the first time since 2016 that neither Ferrari driver finished on the podium in Mexico. Both drivers have scored in all of the last five races here.

The team have had a low finish rate here historically, with just over half of their entries reaching the finish line. The team has 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.

McLAREN

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 9 | 2021 RESULT: NORRIS 10th, RICCIARDO 12th

McLaren have won in Mexico three times, and recorded a 1-2 finish here in 1988. The team have scored only six points here since the event’s return to the calendar in 2015. While Stoffel Vandoorne finished eighth in 2018, Fernando Alonso finished tenth in 2017 and Lando Norris finished tenth last year. 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. 2021 was only the third time in the last nine Mexico races that both McLaren drivers crossed the finish line.

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. Both drivers reached Q3 again last year. 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.

ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: ALONSO 9th, OCON 13th

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 since 1990 that both of the team’s drivers finished in the points at the Mexican Grand Prix. In the last four Mexico races, the team have 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, while neither driver reached Q3 in 2021. Jolyon Palmer, who failed to set a time in 2016, and Fernando Alonso, who qualified sixteenth last year, are the only drivers to record a Q1 exit for this team in Mexico.

ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: GASLY 4th, TSUNODA DNF

Until 2021, Toro Rosso scored only five points at the Mexican Grand Prix, the second-least of any current team. On their first appearance as AlphaTauri in 2021, Pierre Gasly recorded the team’s best result at the track with fourth place. Prior to that, Max Verstappen finished ninth in 2015, while 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 two DNFs so far at the track: Brendon Hartley was forced out of the race with engine problems in 2017, while Yuki Tsunoda crashed out on Lap 1 last year.

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. Gasly bettered that result last year, qualifying fifth, as both of the team’s drivers reached Q3 once again.

Aside from the last two Mexico races, 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 Gasly, who failed to set a time in 2017, are the only Toro Rosso drivers to have been eliminated in Q1 in Mexico.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: VETTEL 7th, STROLL 14th

From their six 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. Esteban 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.

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, doing so in the last two visits to the track. The team have recorded seventh place finishes in five of the last six Mexico races.

Neither of the Silverstone-based team’s cars have reached Q3 in either of the last three Mexican Grands Prix. Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2019 and was out in Q1 again in 2021 following a crash. 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.

WILLIAMS

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 8 | 2021 RESULT: RUSSELL 16th, LATIFI 17th

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 three races here are the only other times where neither Williams driver has scored in all of the team’s thirteen appearances in Mexico.

The Williams team have suffered a decline in pace over the past five 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. Last year, George Russell reached Q2 while Nicholas Latifi was out in Q1. The team have taken three poles in total here, with front row lock-outs in both 1991 and 1992.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 8th, GIOVINAZZI 11th

2018 is the only season that the former Sauber team scored at the Mexican Grand Prix. That year, Charles Leclerc finished seventh while Marcus Ericsson finished ninth. Kimi Raikkonen brought home Alfa Romeo’s first points at the track last year with an eighth place finish. The team have recorded three retirements here: Felipe Nasr in 2015, Marcus Ericsson in 2017 and Raikkonen in 2019.

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 and 2021. Charles Leclerc’s ninth on the grid in 2018 is their best qualifying result so far in Mexico.

HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: MAZEPIN 18th, SCHUMACHER DNF

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 held a 100% finish rate at the circuit until last season, when Mick Schumacher was eliminated on the first lap. Aside from Magnussen’s eighth place, no Haas driver has finished above fifteenth here.

In all five 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.

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