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Race information - Mexico 2016 // The championship fight moves on to Mexico!

Published by Christine

It's been a long season so far, with many twists and turns along the way, but I'm still surprised to find that we're at the point where there are only three races left. This time, Formula One moves on to Mexico City, with the championship battle still raging, drivers still desperate to prove points to their current or new teams, and plenty of fans ready and waiting to cheer on their home favourites. Roll on the weekend!

Event schedule

Lewis Hamilton did pretty much everything he could do to limit the damage in his championship chances last weekend. From pole position, he took a solid victory, but must have been disappointed to see Nico Rosberg recover from a poor start to finish second. As we know, Rosberg only has to finish second each weekend to become champion, so Lewis will be on the lookout for more bad luck for his teammate in Mexico!

Meanwhile, the Force India and Williams battle continues onwards, with the latter trailing by only eight points. Force India have appeared to have the edge over recent weeks, but are now dealing with the news that Nico Hülkenberg will be leaving for pastures new.

With just three races left to go of a lengthy calendar, teams and drivers will be starting to feel it now - the tiredness kicking in but the excitement that another year is wrapping up. Jump on in and get in the party mood as we all celebrate the wind down of another F1 season!

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
28 OctFridayFree Practice 116:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT -05:00
Free Practice 220:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT -05:00
29 OctSaturdayFree Practice 316:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT -05:00
Qualifying19:00
GMT +01:00
13:00
GMT -05:00
30 OctSundayGrand Prix19:00
GMT +00:00
13:00
GMT -06:00

Support racing for this event includes Masters Historic Racing and Formula 4 Series.

Expected conditions

At this early stage, the weather forecasts have indicated there shouldn't be any rain over the coming weekend, although there are plenty of clouds in the sky and plenty of opportunity for conditions to change. Mexico is, at this point in the year, transitioning into the dry season from the wet, so no precipitation is expected but keep an eye on the skies just in case.

Light winds

Mexico City, Friday

18℃

  • Low 9℃
  • Humidity 55%

Light winds

Partly cloudy

Mexico City, Saturday

21℃

  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 53%

Partly cloudy

Mostly cloudy

Mexico City, Sunday

22℃

  • Low 10℃
  • Humidity 54%

Mostly cloudy

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
LocationMexico City
CountryMexico
TimezoneGMT -05:00
Race debut1986
Laps71
Length4.304 km
Distance305.354 km
Line offset0.230 km

The Mexican Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar just last year, with a revamped track that provided a good race on Sunday. This year, no major changes have been made, except for some grass verges being flattened and covered in tarmac, as well as some improvements to the safety barriers. Thankfully, they haven't changed the baseball stadium section, which provided some impressing viewing for fans at the track, and some great sights for us viewing at home.

Meanwhile, the track itself has some challenges - firstly, the general atmosphere is different because a) there are lots of fans partying and b) the circuit is at a higher altitude than normal. We saw last year, and we've seen during this season as well, that new surfaces can deaden racing but the Mexican track has a year of use under its belt now, and is ready to provide some action once more.

This circuit is in its third stint of appearing on the F1 calendar, the first time it was deemed unsafe for racing, and the second stint ended in 1992. Nico Rosberg won the returning race last year, and has the chance (albeit unlikely) of taking the title if he can do the same again this weekend.

Results for the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso1:25.990
Free Practice 2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:21.531
Free Practice 3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:21.083
QualifyingNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:19.480
Grand PrixNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:42:35.038
Fastest lapNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:20.521

Tyre compounds

This week, Pirelli are bringing the standard middle-of-the-road set of compounds, with the mediums, softs and supersofts making another appearance. There also seems to be a more general consensus amongst all the drivers, with far less variation amongst the selection than we normally see.

There are more supersoft sets selected than anything else, but taking three full sets of mediums is a choice made by many of the drivers. Only Esteban Gutiérrez has gone extreme with one set of mediums, whilst Magnussen has gone the other way with five. The latter has sacrificed soft tyres for the white stripes instead.

Selected tyre sets per driver
Medium tyreSoft tyreSupersoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton355
Nico Rosberg445
Sebastian Vettel346
Kimi Räikkönen256
Valtteri Bottas337
Felipe Massa337
Daniel Ricciardo346
Max Verstappen346
Nico Hülkenberg337
Sergio Pérez337
Kevin Magnussen526
Jolyon Palmer436
Daniil Kvyat238
Carlos Sainz238
Marcus Ericsson337
Felipe Nasr337
Fernando Alonso346
Jenson Button346
Pascal Wehrlein256
Esteban Ocon256
Romain Grosjean247
Esteban Gutiérrez157

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayMarcus EricssonSauber F1 Team
Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team
Esteban OconManor Racing MRT
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso
FridayÉric BoullierMcLaren Honda
Robert FernleySahara Force India F1 Team
Mike O'DriscollWilliams Martini Racing
Dave RyanManor Racing MRT
Franz TostScuderia Toro Rosso
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Silvia BellotMember of the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation Board of Directors, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission Member, and FIA steward.
Garry ConnellyDeputy President of the FIA Institute, Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, F1 and WTCC Steward, and FIA World Motorsport Council Member.
Danny SullivanFormer Formula One driver, Indy 500 winner and CART champion.

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