As we inch closer to the Mexican Grand Prix, the track is being touted as the second fastest track on the Formula 1 calendar next to Monza.
At 71 laps and a lap time expected to be around 75 seconds, it will be a big moment in F1 history as the grid has native son, Sergio Perez, driving his Force India car at the new track.
Monza was clocking 1:26s lap time approximately so 75 seconds could be a little aggressive but we’ll have to wait and see what the teams experience when they get there, what condition the track is in and how the Pirelli’s react with the surface.
As we’ve seen with Russia and other new circuits, the asphalt has a tendency to be very slippery. The inaugural year for COTA in Austin was equally slippery and I suspect that will be a challenge for the new Mexican circuit as well.
The track was recently updated with a price tag of $50 million and the race sold out early with approximately 100,000 tickets being sold.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has a long history having been built on the back of the success of brother Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez. The track would feature in the tragedy of the Mexican racing family as it would play host to Ricardo’s death in a Rob Walker ran Lotus 24. The event was a non-championship race.
Pedro continued to race and in 1963 Jimmy Clark won in Mexico by over two minutes! It should be a fast race and it should give the Mexican fans something to cheer about having returned to the F1 calendar and doing so with Perez on the grid and running in fine fashion of late.