Mexico F1™ Grand Prix 2018
The first and second Mexican Grand Prix of the 21st century were a major success, and the enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd loved every second of it. F1’s return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez produced a fascinating 71 laps of racing, in which polesitter Rosberg was never headed - pit stops aside - and in which a late safety car bunched the pack up, allowing Bottas to jump the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat on the restart to secure his podium place.
The Mexican Grand Prix (Gran Premio de México) is a Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile sanctioned auto race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers and F1 trailblazers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez. It first appeared as a non-championship event in 1962 before being held as a championship event from 1963-1970 and 1986-1992. The Grand Prix returned in 2015 at the Mexico City circuit. But what certainly will not have changed is the passion for motorsport among the local fans, as demonstrated by the flocks of Mexicans who travelled across the border to Austin for the U.S. GP in recent years.
Mexico is a great new venue for Formula One. Well, not that new – the sport has been here twice before, but the atmosphere, with great excitement among the packed stands a 135,000 turnout after 23 years away. The altitude and thin air caused by the place being 2,240m above sea level, was responsible for making everyone feel giddy. “I felt like a rock star,” said Rosberg after his triumph.
Luxury at the Mexican Grand Prix: Formula One Paddock Club
Experience the thrill as the competitors for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship™ emerge, the crowd rises, and from the ground exudes an indescribable energy and anticipation.
Included with Formula One Paddock Club Tickets:
- VIP access to the circuit
- Coffee, tea, croissants and pastries
- Open bar with Champagne
- Four-course gourmet meals prepared with local produce on-site by Master Chefs
- Pit lane walkabout(s) at specially allotted times
- Access to the Support Race Paddock
- Official Programme and a pair of ear plugs
- Entertainment, Driver Interviews, Celebrity Appearances
- Privileged viewing position above the pit garages
- One VIP car parking pass for every three guests
- Private suites with branding and entertainment to fit your every need*
Mexico Grand Prix Timetable Example:
Practice 1 Fri 10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2 Fri 14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3 Sat 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying Sat 13:00 – 14:00
Race Sun 13:00 – 15:00
Most visitors arrive in Mexico City via Mexico City International Airport (also known as Benito Juarez International Airport), which is situated only 5km east of the downtown area and relatively close to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Once in the city you can move around by taxi (sitio registered taxis are probably the best option), take one of the red and white Metrobuses, or travel by private car. Whatever option you take, be prepared to get stuck in traffic - a staggering 3.5 million cars take to the streets of Mexico’s capital every day. Alternatively travellers can jump on the extensive metro system which is the cheapest of its kind in the world.
Av. Viaducto Rio de la Piedad S/N
08400 Ciudad de Mexico
A return of Formula One to Mexico is almost perfect and deal has been agreed. It is down to the Mexican promoter now to improve facilities and bring the circuit up to scratch with Formula One's high expectations. The circuit which hosted its last race two decades ago, will be completely renovated.
The Main Grandstands and Paddock Club will now accommodate over 85,000 spectators. The circuit will cut through centre and left-ﬁelds of the Foro Sol baseball stadium and rejoin the old track via a hairpin and two right-handers. Race viewing guests now will be able to enjoy a “beach area” in front of the Main Grandstand. However the once-fearsome Peraltada corner will not be kept in the in the complete revamping-project.
Sergio Perez was quoted:
“I’m very excited. It’s not confirmed yet, it’s just a pre-calendar but I feel there are very big chances now of this happening,” Perez said.
“It will be great for my country, great for the sport. Formula One will be amazed how popular this grand prix can become. ... It will be huge for Formula One as a sport to go there.”
Last year’s inaugural race in Austin drew a strong Latin crowd from both sides of the border and Perez agreed having the two races together would be like having two home grand prix in succession with big crowds at both. He said he had been kept abreast of developments in Mexico City and was there a few weeks ago to watch his brother race.
“I know how good the racetrack is,” Perez said. “Obviously they need to rebuild it but there is time enough. I really hope for the good of the sport and my country that it happens.”
The Mexican reckoned a few months of work would be required to upgrade the pit and paddock facilities but the layout was good.
FACTS AND CIRCUIT FIGURES
- New Suites building with more capacity and comfort
- Track length 4.580 meters
- New polymer-modified asphalt without cold joints
- 33 Repair garages as FIA needs
- New control tower
- Renovation and construction of new temporary stands to 75,000 spectators
- New horizontal line from the track body
- 3 new pedestrian bridges
- 22,720 m2 in Paddock areas
- 120 thousand seated spectators. Over 30 000 general admission
- Paddock Club, Hospitalities
- 80,000 m2 track and pit lane
- "Esses" Softening zone
- Emergency Medical Services, Media Centre, Chapel
- Creating 3,000 jobs
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Mexico last hosted a grand prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 1992, when Nigel Mansell was triumphant for Williams who were a top team in those days.
They have scored just one point this season, however, and that is not the only way in which the sport’s landscape has changed with new venues like Russia and India opening up.
“Looking at it, they have to change the pits to make them proper for Formula One, [improve] a few corners maybe and apart from that it’s just a matter of time what they can do,” he said. “But I think they don’t have to do big things for the racetrack to be ready.”
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