Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: Circuit Length, Lap Record & DRS Zones For Mexican GP F1 Track

Published 10/30/2021, 2:51 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


F1 has marched into one of the most exciting segments of the 2021 racing calendar – 3 back-to-back race weekends around the American continent. While one of them has been ticked off at the United States Grand Prix, the second race weekend is barely a week away from commencement – Mexican GP.

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The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez F1 circuit, situated in Mexico City, is arguably one of the most exhilarating circuits in Formula 1, thanks to Hermann Tilke’s redesign in 2015. The track offers an amazing look from every angle, much like Circuit of The Americas.

So, let’s dive deeper into the technical details of the circuit.

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About Mexican GP F1 circuit

Hermanos Rodriguez circuit made its first F1 appearance back in 1963 and has since been hosting F1 races on and off. The latest return to the sport happened in 2016, making it the first Mexican Grand Prix in 22 years. And here we are, after a brief 1-year absence, all set to witness the Mexican GP in 2021.

A rather short 4.304 km circuit, it runs over a race distance of 305.35 km. Hence, the drivers will have to cover a total of 71 laps on Sunday afternoon. There are two straights over this circuit; the main straight is quite massive and the other being fairly long as well.

And the fact that both these straights are only 3 corners away from each other makes it easy for drivers to make a move on the ones ahead, especially with the DRS assistance.

  • Between turn 17 & turn 1
  • Between turn 3 & turn 4

As of 2019, Valtteri Bottas holds on to the fastest lap record, with a 1:18:741. But it could well be broken by as early as the free practice sessions over the upcoming race weekend.

Electrifying F1 weekend ahead?

Mexico is definitely one of the must-watch Grand Prix events of an F1 season. And this year, amidst the 1-year absence and the ever-growing cult following of Drive to Survive, there is likely to be an explosion in the number of fans making it to the race.

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Hence, the old Foro Sol baseball stadium will be quite spectacular to watch. This part of the circuit is where a lot of ‘Checo’ Perez fans can be seen.

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And now, the fact that he is now part of a championship-contending team, it wouldn’t be a shock even if the entire population of Mexico swarms in and around the circuit on Sunday next week.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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