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Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

Formula 1 circuit

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Credit: BMW AG
Vital statistics for Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
CircuitAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
LocationMexico City
Race debut1986
Results for the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix
Pole positionSebastian Vettel
Race winnerMax Verstappen
Fastest lapSebastian Vettel

After dropping off the Formula One schedules in the early 1990s, the Mexican Grand Prix was confirmed to make a comeback for first the 2013, then the 2014, and finally the 2015 season. The track, situated in the midst of a public park in Mexico City, is a permanent but bumpy facility that presents unique challenges due to the surface of the track and the quality of the air. The track takes in part of an oval with an additional road course layout to bring it up to F1 levels.

F1 history

The Mexico City track is named after the Rodríguez brothers of Ricardo and Pedro who raced in Formula One as well as sportscar and endurance series as well. The park circuit opened in the 1960s, a government-owned track that takes a couple of corners from the existing oval, as well as some of the more traditional right and left corners around the rest of the public park.

Formula One was a key fixture at the Autódromo from the moment it opened, with the Mexican Grand Prix taking place there in 1962. Initially it wasn't a championship event but it was added to the championship roster for 1963 and beyond. A brief hiatus during the 1970s occurred whilst the track underwent redevelopment, and the final Grand Prix was held in 1992.

A baseball stadium was built at one end of the track, but this was paved over for the return of the race in the 2015 season. It had been scheduled on the provisional calendar in both 2013 and 2014 but was delayed on both occasions, until finally making the official schedule for 2015. Nico Rosberg won the first race, and the track was received well. The baseball section, with crowds surrounding the track, was a particular highlight, giving good views of the action for fans, and a great atmosphere for the drivers.

Learn more about Mexico with the Pocket F1 Handbook.