1077th F1 GRAND PRIX | 23rd MEXICAN GRAND PRIX | 22nd GRAND PRIX AT AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ
2021 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
One of the best-attended races of the year, Mexico has had multiple stints on the Formula 1 calendar. In 2021, Sergio Perez became the first Mexican driver to record a home podium result. The 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix is set to take place on October 28-30.
Friday 28th October
Free Practice 1 – 1:00pm Local Time / 7:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 4:00pm Local Time / 10:00pm UK Time
Saturday 29th October
Free Practice 3 – 12:00pm Local Time / 6:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 3:00pm Local Time / 9:00pm UK Time
Sunday 30th October
The 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix – 2:00pm Local Time / 8:00pm UK Time
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have the opportunity to set a new record of most victories in Mexico. They’re currently tied with Jim Clark, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell on two wins at the circuit.
Should he win the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix, Max Verstappen would make this the second time than a driver has taken consecutive wins at the event. Verstappen is the only driver to have previously achieved the feat, having done so in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, if a Red Bull driver wins, it would be the sixth time that a team has taken back-to-back wins in Mexico.
Lotus have held the record for most wins in Mexico since the event was first held as a round of the World Championship in 1963. Their record of three wins could finally be broken this weekend, if McLaren, Williams, Mercedes or Red Bull take victory. Ferrari can equal the existing record of most wins at the venue.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO MEXICO?
There have been only minor changes to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since F1’s last visit. The wall between Turns 1 and 2 has been realigned, kerbs have been adjusted in the opening turns and the wall at Turn 12 has been extended.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE 2022 MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX?
There will be three DRS activation zones at the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix. The activation zones are on the main straight, between Turns 3 & 4 and between Turns 11 & 12.
AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ 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 1. 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.
The race was run as a non-championship round in 1962. Ricardo Rodriguez, who was just nineteen, was a Ferrari driver but, as the event was a non-championship round, Ferrari declined to enter and instead Rodriguez entered in a Rob Walker Racing Lotus car. His presence in the event was enough to fill the grandstands. There was to be a tragic outcome though, as Rodriguez crashed at the ferocious Peraltada corner and died as a result.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The drivers appearing in the press conference for this race are:
Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Alan Permane (Alpine), Laurent Mekies (Ferrari), Andrew Shovlin (Mercedes), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri) and Mike Krack (Aston Martin).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
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 Vitantonio Liuzzi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX?
Max Verstappen took another step closer to a maiden title win at the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix, while team-mate Sergio Perez took a popular home podium finish.
While the dusty track conditions caused some drivers issues early on in the Mexico City Grand Prix weekend, Sergio Perez was looking speedy and set the fastest lap time in final practice. The thin air at the altitude of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez suited the Honda engines but come qualifying it was Mercedes on top.
Lance Stroll brought out the red flags with a crash on the main straight in Q1 but it was a relatively drama free Saturday afternoon as Valtteri Bottas took pole position. Both Perez and Max Verstappen’s fastest laps were disrupted by Yuki Tsunoda, leaving Lewis Hamilton to join his team-mate on the front row.
Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen went side by side into Turn 1, with the latter coming out on top. Things went from bad to worse for Bottas, who was spun by Daniel Ricciardo. The resulting carnage saw both Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher eliminated from the race, with the Safety Car being called out.
Verstappen comfortably led from the restart. He never relinquished his lead aside from when Perez led for a brief period following his team-mate’s pit stop. Perez closed in on Hamilton towards the end of the race, with his supporters on their feet willing him to make a move. Perez could not find a way past, but still made history and became the first Mexican driver to finish on the podium at his home race.