THE 2021 MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX
ROUND 18. 5th – 7th November.
1053rd F1 GRAND PRIX | 22nd MEXICAN GRAND PRIX | 21st GRAND PRIX AT AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ
2019 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2019 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 5th November
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 5:30pm UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 9pm UK Time)
Saturday 6th November
Free Practice 3 (11am Local Time/ 5pm UK Time)
Qualifying (2pm Local Time/ 8pm UK Time)
Sunday 7th November
The 2021 Mexican Grand Prix (1pm Local Time/ 7pm UK Time)
- 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.
- 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.
There are three DRS zones for the Mexican Grand Prix – the activation zones are after Turn 3, after Turn 11 and after Turn 17.
There have been few changes at the circuit since F1’s last visit in 2019, aside from some resurfacing on the main straight and a change to barriers at Turn 17.
AUTÓDROMO HERMANOS RODRÍGUEZ TRACK GUIDE
After years of rumours, Formula 1 returned to Mexico City in 2015 with a capacity crowd lining the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez track. The high altitude circuit has provided plenty of memorable moments during its three stints in the sport.
Mexico became familiar with motorsport in the early 1950s when the road race Carrera Panamericana began to be held. The rally was widely regarded as the most dangerous anywhere in the world, and regularly attracted racing stars from Formula One. There was at least one fatality in every running of the race between 1950 and 1954, including the controversial death of a vulture in the 1952 event.
It wasn’t long before the country wanted its own permanent international racing circuit, and so one was built in the Magdalena Mixhuca area of Mexico City. The building of the track coincided with the rise of the Rodriguez brothers, Ricardo and Pedro, hence the desire for a Mexican Grand Prix was strong.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will be appearing in the press conferences, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Laurent Mekies (Ferrari), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Laurent Rossi (Alpine) and Franz Tost (AlphaTauri).
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Danny Sullivan.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2019 MEXICAN GP RECAP
Max Verstappen’s misdemeanours in qualifying saw him relegated from pole position. Charles Leclerc inherited the pole, but it was Lewis Hamilton who won, taking one step closer to a sixth World Championship win.
In qualifying for the Mexico Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas crashed in the closing stages at the final corner, bringing out the yellow flags. Max Verstappen, who had already secured pole position, failed to back off while trying to improve his lap time and was handed a three-place grid penalty for ignoring the yellow flags. That promoted Charles Leclerc to pole position, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel alongside him on the front row. Leclerc made a good start as Lewis Hamilton attempted to pass Vettel. Hamilton had nowhere to go and was squeezed by Verstappen through the opening corners, with the pair running across the grass. At the front, the two Ferrari drivers made light contact. Bottas and Verstappen battled for seventh place, with Verstappen picking up a puncture. Sergio Perez gave the partisan crowd something to cheer about in a fight with Daniil Kvyat. He went on to equal his best result at the circuit with seventh place. Lando Norris was having a good afternoon, until his pit stop, when he left the box with a loose tyre. Hamilton pitted for Hard tyres to see him through to the end of the race. Vettel inherited the lead until he himself pitted for Hard tyres, while Leclerc came in for the same compounds six laps later but suffered a slow stop, On the last lap, Kvyat made contact with Nico Hulkenberg, sending the Renault driver into a spin. The Toro Rosso driver received a post-race penalty for the incident. At the front, Hamilton was able to stay ahead of Vettel, while Bottas completed the podium finishers.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:17.824 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:16.656 (Max Verstappen)||1:17.327 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 2||1:17.801 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:16.873 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:16.607 (Sebastian Vettel)|
|Free Practice 3||1:17.113 (Max Verstappen)||1:16.284 (Max Verstappen)||1:16.145 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Qualifying||1:16.488 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:14.759 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:14.758 (Max Verstappen)*|
|Grand Prix||1:18.785 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:18.741 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:19.232 (Charles Leclerc)|