The Mexican Grand Prix has been a popular addition since it rejoined the calendar in 2015, with the high-altitude track providing a work out for the engines.
Formerly named the Magdalena Mixhuca circuit, Mexico City first hosted a non-championship F1 race in 1962, with a large crowd due to the presence of local hero Ricardo Rodriguez. The event ended in tragedy as Rodriguez was killed during qualifying. Despite this, the track became a round of the championship from 1963, with heavy crowds still turning out to support Ricardo’s brother, Pedro. A victim of its own success, the race lost its place on the calendar after the 1970 event, with the crowd size getting out of control.
Renamed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the brothers’ honour, the track returned to the calendar in 1986, having been re-profiled. This stint provided a number of exciting races, with a bumpy track surface and the infamous Peraltada corner. The well-worn track fell off the calendar after the 1992 event due to a lack of funds to modernise the facility.
The event returned in 2015 after a 23-year absence, with the track having been redesigned once again by Hermann Tilke. While the Peraltada corner has been lost, the circuit has gained a unique stadium section, offering fans an opportunity to make themselves heard as the cars pass by at slower speeds.
In recent years, the circuit has become host to Formula E”s Mexico ePrix. The circuit used for Formula E is very different from the F1 layout, utilising elements of the circuit’s oval layout. The Mexican Grand Prix is often voted the best of the F1 season to attend and attracts sell-out crowds. The recent announcement that the government will stop funding the event has cast the future of the race into doubt.
Major events happening at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2019
- February 16: 2019 Mexico ePrix
- October 25-27: 2019 Formula 1 Mexico Grand Prix (Buy tickets)
- Click here to view all upcoming events at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is located within the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City park in the south east of Mexico City.
The city’s main airport, Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) is located just 5km north of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and 10km east of the Centro Historico.
How to get to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez:
- Metro: Taking the metro is the easiest way to get to the track, with the Velódromo, Cuidad Deportiva and Puebla stations (on the brown Number 9 line) all within close proximity to the circuit. The Zaragoza stop on the pink Number 1 line is also nearby.
- Public Transport: Aside from the metro, Mexico City has a selection of red and white metrobuses, peseros (minibuses), light rail and trolley buses (electric buses).
- Car: Traffic jams, chaotic streets and 3.5 million reckless drivers make driving in Mexico City only for the brave! We don’t recommend hiring a car for the weekend, not least because there is very limited parking near the track. You may wish to hire a car if you’re staying for an extended break.
- Taxi: There are plenty of taxi and Uber rides in the area over the Grand Prix weekend, but traffic jams are commonplace in the city, so be sure to factor this in to your journey time.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is located close to the center of Mexico City. With a wide range of accommodation available in the area, we recommend staying in the city, with the Centro Historico area being a particularly good choice.
The Centro Historico is a fairly safe part of the city, and there’s lots to see and do here, with a bucket-load of cultural hotspots. The Hotel Histórico Central is well-located if you’re planning on visiting the Palacio de Iturbide Museum or Torre Latino.
You’ll find plenty of affordable options in the Roma and Condesa areas. Entre Barrios Hospederia and Hotel Plaza Revolución offer some of the cheaper options in the area, while Casa Jacinta Guest House and Casa Corp Boutique Suite in Condesa are fine examples of guesthouses and self-catering apartments.
The Polanco and Zona Rosa districts are where you’ll find the more upmarket options. The sleek Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe is a luxurious 5-star option, complete with its own gym, in the Polanco district.
More information about where to stay for the Mexican Grand Prix can be found on F1Destinations: Accommodation – Mexican Grand Prix