Mexican Grand Prix: Facts & Statistics
Facts and statistics for the Mexican Grand Prix, the 19th race of the 21-round 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
- Lap distance: 4.304 km. Total distance: 305.354 km (71 laps)
- Race lap record: One minute 20.521 seconds. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes, 2015.
- 2015 pole: Rosberg
- 2015 winner: Rosberg
- Start time: 1900 GMT (1300 local)
- Rosberg will be champion on Sunday if he wins and Hamilton fails to finish in the top nine. Such a result has not happened so far this season. Hamilton failed to finish in Spain and Malaysia but Red Bull drivers won those races.
- Hamilton has otherwise not finished lower than seventh.
- If Rosberg wins and Hamilton is 10th, the German will be sure of the title on race victories.
- Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Texas was the 50th of his Formula One career, making him only the third driver to reach a half century of wins. The other two are Michael Schumacher (91) and Alain Prost (51).
- Mercedes have won 48 of the last 56 races and 16 of this season’s 18.
- Rosberg has won nine times this year, triple world champion Hamilton seven. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are the other winners.
- No driver has ever won nine races in a season and failed to win the championship. Only three (Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Schumacher) have won 10 or more races in a season.
- Four-times champion Vettel has 42 wins, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso 32, Rosberg 23, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen 20 and McLaren’s Jenson Button 15.
- Rosberg, who is level with Brazilian triple champion Nelson Piquet in the list of all-time winners, has more victories than any other non-champion in Formula One history.
- Ferrari have won 224 races in total, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 61, Red Bull 52. McLaren last won in 2012.
- Mercedes have been on pole in 53 of the last 56 races and all but one of this season’s grands prix. They have had 11 one-twos in qualifying so far in 2016.
- Hamilton has 58 career poles and is third on the all-time list behind Schumacher (68) and Ayrton Senna (65). Vettel has 46, Rosberg 30.
- Sauber (Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr) are the only team yet to score a point in 2016.
- Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez, racing at home this weekend, and Manor’s Esteban Ocon have yet to open their accounts.
- Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez will be only the fourth Mexican driver to start a home F1 race. The others were Pedro Rodriguez (1963-1970), Moises Solana (1963-68) and Sergio Perez (2015).
- There was no Mexican Grand Prix when Hector Rebaque was racing in 1977-81 or when Gutierrez competed in 2013-14.
- Rodriguez’s brother Ricardo was killed on the first day of practice for the non-championship Mexican Grand Prix in 1962.
- Sunday will be the 17th time Mexico has held a championship grand prix.
- Honda took their first grand prix win in Mexico with U.S. driver Richie Ginther in 1965. Michael Schumacher took his first F1 podium at the circuit in 1992.
- The circuit is the highest altitude of any on the calendar (2,200 metres above sea level) and the pit straight is one of the longest in Formula One.