Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix!
Track length: 4.304km
Race length: 305.354km
Circuit opened: 1959
F1 first visited: 1963
Races held: 22
Track Record: 1:14.758, Max Verstappen, 2019
Lap Record: 1:18.741, Valtteri Bottas, 2018
There have been 22 Mexican Grands Prix since the event was first held as a round of the F1 World Championship in 1963. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a 23-year break in 2015. The event has been held every year since then, except 2020 when it was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Following increased financial support from the local government, the race took on the official title of ‘Mexico City Grand Prix’ in 2021.
From those 22 races, there have been 15 different winners.
Verstappen has the most Mexico City Grand Prix wins
In 2021, Max Verstappen became the first driver to have won more than two races in Mexico. He holds the record of most victories in Mexico City with four, having taken his fourth victory at the Mexico City Grand Prix in 2022.
Aside from Verstappen, Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Lewis Hamilton are the other drivers who have recorded multiple victories here. No driver other than Verstappen has more than two wins at the track.
In 2018, Verstappen became the first driver to have taken back-to-back victories at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
From the current grid, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers to have taken victory at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
British drivers have taken more victories here than any other nation, with eight wins shared between Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell, John Surtees, Graham Hill and Lewis Hamilton.
The longest streak of different winners at the track came between 1964 and 1989, when a different driver won the Mexican Grand Prix in all 11 seasons that it was held.
One Grand Slam has been recorded in Mexico
Jim Clark is the only driver to have recorded a Grand Slam at the circuit. He took pole, set the fastest lap and led every lap on his way to victory at the 1963 Mexican Grand Prix.
Red Bull have the most wins of any team at the Mexico City Grand Prix
In 2022, Red Bull set a new record for most wins in Mexico, with Max Verstappen’s victory at the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix being their fourth in the country.
Lotus, McLaren, Williams, Mercedes and Red Bull are the only teams to have taken victories in consecutive seasons at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Honda is the most successful engine manufacturers at the Mexico City Grand Prix, with five wins.
Williams, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes are the four teams to have taken 1-2 finishes at the Mexican Grand Prix. Williams have the most 1-2 finishes here, with three, while the most recent 1-2 finish at the track was for Mercedes in 2016.
Clark and Patrese hold the largest and smallest win margins in Mexico
The largest win margin at the track came in the Mexican Grand Prix’s first championship event. Jim Clark won by 101.1 seconds in 1963.
The smallest win margin was in 1991, when Riccardo Patrese won by 1.336 seconds.
The Mexican Grand Prix has been won by less than ten seconds on eight occasions and has been won by less than five seconds on five occasions.
The overall average win margin has been 25.793 seconds. In the seven races since the event returned to the calendar in 2015, the average win margin has been 11.544 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
From the 22 races held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 29 different drivers have finished on the podium.
Hamilton holds the record for most podiums
In 2022, Lewis Hamilton set a new record for most podium finishes in Mexico. His second place finish in the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix was his fifth podium result at the track, moving clear of Ayrton Senna, Denny Hulme, Jack Brabham, Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese on the all-time list.
On the current grid, there are four drivers who have previously finished on the podium at the Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has five podiums here, Max Verstappen has three, Valtteri Bottas has two and Sergio Perez has recorded home podiums in each of the last two seasons. At the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix, Perez became the first Mexican driver to finish on the podium at his home Grand Prix.
British drivers have had 16 top three finishes here, more than drivers from any other nation.
Ferrari have the most podiums of any team in Mexico
Ferrari overtook Brabham as the team with the most podium finishes in Mexico in 2019. The Scuderia have had 11 podium finishes at the circuit.
Two podiums in Mexico have come from 14th on the grid
From the 22 races here, the polesitter has finished on the podium 15 times.
The lowest grid slot to take a podium finish in the Mexican Grand Prix is 14th, which has happened twice: for Jackie Oliver and Denny Hulme, who each finished third having started fourteenth in 1968 and 1970 respectively.
There is yet to be a race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in whcih none of the top three qualifiers have finished on the podium, while there have been three races where all top three qualifiers finished in the top three in the Grand Prix. That happened in 1988, 1991 and 1992.
The top three finishing in the same order as they started in both 1991 and 1992.
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In the 22 races held here, 16 different drivers have started from pole.
Clark holds the record for most poles in Mexico
Jim Clark has taken more poles at the Mexican Grand Prix than any other driver, having set the pace on four occasions.
The longest streak of different polesitters at the track is currently ongoing, with a different driver having taken pole in the past 11 races at the track (in every race since 1989). There has been a different polesitter at the circuit every year since the Mexican Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2015.
Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen are the four drivers on the current grid who’ve previously started from pole for the Mexican Grand Prix. Max Verstappen also set the fastest qualifying lap time in 2019, but was demoted three places on the grid for a yellow flag infringement.
Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna are the only drivers to have taken back-to-back poles at the Mexican Grand Prix. Clark is the only driver to have taken more than two poles in a row at the track, having taken three consecutively in 1963, 1964 and 1965.
British drivers have taken more poles at the circuit than any other nation, with eight in total.
Lotus’ record of Mexico poles is yet to be broken
Lotus are the team with the most poles at the track, with six.
Jim Clark’s run of three poles between 1963 and 1965 made Lotus the first team to take three consecutive poles at the circuit. It’s a feat which has been matched only once since, by McLaren between 1988 and 1990.
There have been ten occasions on which a team has locked-out the front row of the grid in Mexico.
Clark is the only driver to take pole in Mexico by over a second
The largest pole margin at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez came in 1963, when Jim Clark set the fastest time by 1.7 seconds.
The smallest margin by which pole has been taken in Mexico City came in 1992, when Nigel Mansell set the fastest time by just 0.016 seconds.
Pole position has been decided by less than a tenth of a second at the circuit on six occasions, including twice in the past five Mexican Grands Prix.
Overall, the average pole margin at the Mexican Grand Prix has been 0.369 seconds. Since the Mexican Grand Prix returned in 2015, the average pole margin at the track has been 0.164 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The Mexican Grand Prix has been won from pole on 10 occasions. The 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix was the first Mexican race to be won from pole since 2016.
The Mexico City Grand Prix has been won from the front row of the grid 14 times, and won from third or further back eight times.
The furthest back win at the track came in 1990, when Alain Prost won for Ferrari from 13th on the grid. His is the only wins at the circuit to not come from the front two rows of the grid.
There have been four occasions on which the Mexican Grand Prix polesitter has finished on the podium without winning the race. It last happened in 1990.
From the 22 races held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, there have been just nine occasions on which the polesitter led at the end of the first lap.
The worst position for a polesitter at the end of Lap 1 in Mexico is 18th, which is where Valtteri Bottas crossed the line at the end of the first lap at the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix following a spin.
So far, 1,489 racing laps have been held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since the first championship race here in 1963.
Max Verstappen has raced the most laps of any driver at the Mexico City Grand Prix, having raced 497 laps at the track.
517 cars have been entered into races at this track. Of those, 476 cars have qualified and 469 have started races. From the 469 cars which have started a race here, 306 have reached the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish rate of 65%.
The 2016 Mexican Grand Prix saw more drivers finish the race here than any other. 21 drivers crossed the finish line. Meanwhile, 1965 and 1966 saw the least finishers, with just eight drivers reaching the chequered flag on both occasions.
There has only been one race here where more than ten drivers have completed every lap of the race. That happened in 2015, when 14 drivers completed all 71 laps of the race.
Clark has the most fastest laps at the track
15 different drivers have set the fastest lap of the race at the Mexican Grand Prix. Jim Clark has set more fastest laps here than any other driver, having set the Sunday pace on three occasions.
Ferrari are the team with the most fastest laps in Mexico, with their drivers having set the fastest lap in Mexico City on five occasions.
Verstappen has led the most laps in Mexico
Max Verstappen has led the most laps at the Mexico City Grand Prix, having spent 264 laps in the lead at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. He’s the only driver to have led more than 200 laps at the venue.
Of the 25 drivers who’ve led laps at the circuit, ten have done so without ever winning the event. Sebastian Vettel holds the record for most laps led at the Mexico City Grand Prix, having spent 39 laps at the front of the field.
There have been six occasions on which the winner has led every lap of the race in Mexico City. Max Verstappen was the last driver to do so, in 2017.
There have been only two occasions on which the winner at this track has not led the most laps of the Grand Prix. The fewest laps led en-route to victory in Mexico is two, which is how many laps Dan Gurney led on his way to winning the 1964 Mexican Grand Prix. Alain Prost led only nine laps on his way to winning in 1990.
There’s yet to be a Mexico City Grand Prix in which more than three drivers have led a lap of the race.
Red Flags and Safety Cars at the Mexico City Grand Prix
All of the last six races here have featured a caution period of some description. The 2015, 2016 and 2021 races featured one full Safety Car period each, while 2017, 2018 and 2019 had a single Virtual Safety Car stint each.
There is yet to be a wet Mexican Grand Prix.
Two Mexican Grands Prix have been red-flagged. This happened in 1987 and 1989.
A World Champion has been crowned as a result of the Mexican Grand Prix five times, including in two of the last five races.
Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to be crowned champion here twice. John Surtees, Denny Hulme and Graham Hill have also claimed title victories at the circuit.
The Constructors’ Championship has been decided at the Mexican Grand Prix twice. Ferrari won in 1964, while Lotus emerged victorious in 1968.
The winner of the Mexican Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season on only six occasions – including in the last three races at the venue. In 2019 Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to do so since Nigel Mansell in 1992.
In 2022, Max Verstappen became the first Mexican Grand Prix polesitter to win the title in the same year since Nigel Mansell in 1992. The polesitter in Mexico City has won the title in the same season only five times.
From the 22 races held here, there have only been three years where the leader of the championship after this event has failed to go on to win that year’s title. They were Nigel Mansell in 1986, Alain Prost in 1988 and Ayrton Senna in 1989.
The leaders of the Constructors’ Championship after the Mexican Grand Prix have never failed to go on to win the championship.
There have been seven dead rubber F1 races held in Mexico. Both titles had been decided prior to the races in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 2015 and 2022. In addition, the Constructors’ Championship had been decided prior to the Mexican Grand Prix in 1967, 1986, 1987, 2016 and 2019.