The Grand Prize of Mexico is making a comeback! –
The 1st of November is the day: After 23 years the Grand Prize of Mexico is making a comeback! The renewed racetrack in Mexico City has already been inaugurated by the Force India driver Sergio “Checo” Pérez in a historic Formula 1 car.
From 1962 until 1992 motorsport events were irregularly held on the originally 5-km-long racetrack Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez that was called Magdalena Mixhuca until 1979. Between 1963 and 1970 as well as later on between 1986 and 1992 a total of 15 races, that were officially part of the Formula 1 world championship, were held. The first Mexican Grand Prix in 1962, although, was not part of the world championship.
In 1996 the racetrack was rebuilt and was then only 4.421 km long. Eventually the track was rebuilt once more reducing the length to 4.313 km with 17 curves instead of 4.421 km with 14 curves. The most noticeable change was the removal of the dreaded Peraltada-curve. Today the new course leads through the baseball stadium which offers room for 42.000 viewers and is located on the inside of the Peraltada so that the drivers no longer have to take a right turn of 180 degrees at a high speed followed by the long start/finish stretch like they did up until 1992.
The course in Mexico is supposed to be the second fastest in Formula 1 with a possible speed of up to 328 km/h after the Italian Monza where a speed of up to 351 km/h can be reached. In addition, the entire course will be newly asphalted for the Formula 1 comeback and there is a new medical center equipped with the newest technology as well as a new control tower, a press center for 500 journalists from all around the world and a so-called pit building with 33 pits. In total there will be 120.000 seats for viewers.
The Grand Prize of Mexico is supposed to provide the city with an estimated 70.000 overnight stays which would be the equivalent of 45.000 Dollars. On a single race day six out of ten available rooms would be occupied alone by viewers of the Formula 1. ”If we add up all the economic advantages related to the carrying out of the Formula 1 race, then we are talking about an estimated 400 Million Dollars per year and 18.000 direct and indirect new workplaces“, sais the mayor. Unlike the last visit of Formula 1 23 years ago, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is now no longer on the outskirts of Mexico City, but in the midst of the constantly growing metropolis.
So in case you are planning on visiting Mexico City the beginning of November – be it to see the race or just the city itself – you should really organize your accommodation no later than now. We would be happy to assist you with this. And since Mexico City is the perfect starting point for numerous great day trips or a round trip around Mexico we would gladly also organize this for you!