Mexico City

 
The Mexican City circuit, also known as the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, has been the only circuit for the Mexican Grand Prix so far. |  The circuit was initially named after Ricardo Rodríguez, who died in a practice session during the non-championship Mexican Grand Prix of 1962, the year the facility opened. |  It first hosted an F1 race in 1963, with Jim Clark winning from pole position. |  Pope John Paul II gave mass to nearly 2 million faithful at the Autodromo in 1999. |  The track also features an oval layout, comprising the old Peraltada and a part of the start-finish straight. |  A baseball stadium called Foro Sol is located inside the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

FACTFILE

Name :Hermanos Rodriguez
Country :Mexico
No. of Races :15
First Race :Oct 27, 1963
Last Race :Mar 22, 1992
Defending Champion:N.Mansell
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Named after the Rodriguez brothers Ricardo and Pedro, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico's capital is one of the classics.

With a combination of high-speed corners and hard-braking zones, the venue promises to offer some top-notch racing with several corners conducive to overtaking.

But the most notorious corner was the slightly-banked Peraltada paraboilica that led to the start-finish straight, similar to Monza's Parabolica, but that has now been revised as a sequence of turns to tame the section for safety purposes.

In fact, much of the circuit has been reprofiled, particularly after the Hairpin leading up to the final corner as Mexico marked its return to Formula One after a little over two decades.

Such was the popularity of the Mexican Grand Prix, when it first established itself on the F1 calendar in 1963, that it could no longer continue the event after just eight years (in 1970) owing to massive spectator overcrowding which deemed it unsafe.

Located 7,500 ft above sea level, the altitude posing problems for both cars and drivers, it returned to F1 in 1986 as an upgraded facility but this time it was taken off the calendar after seven Grands Prix.

With the likes of Mexican sponsors dabbling in F1, along with recent drivers from the nation like Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez, the return of the Mexican GP can now hope to stay in the long run.

TOP PERFORMERS AT HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ

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  • The Mexican City circuit, also known as the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, has been the only circuit for the Mexican Grand Prix so far.
  • The circuit was initially named after Ricardo Rodríguez, who died in a practice session during the non-championship Mexican Grand Prix of 1962, the year the facility opened.
  • It first hosted an F1 race in 1963, with Jim Clark winning from pole position.
  • Pope John Paul II gave mass to nearly 2 million faithful at the Autodromo in 1999.
  • The track also features an oval layout, comprising the old Peraltada and a part of the start-finish straight.
  • A baseball stadium called Foro Sol is located inside the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

QUOTES ON HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ

It's a very historic corner. Everybody I have been talking to, all tell me 'how are we going to have the Peraltada?' Everyone is really excited about Peraltada but we don't really know if we're going to have it.
- Sergio Perez, July 2014, when asked if the reprofiled track will keep the Peraltada corner.