Mexico: The Inside Line

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

"Austin was a somewhat unorthodox but ultimately spectacular weekend. Now, the next race sees a famous venue returning to the calendar after a long absence. Mexico is sure to provide a great challenge as none of the drivers – and I imagine not too many team members in the paddock – will have prior experience there. The circuit layout is an interesting one, with long straights but almost exclusively low-apex-speed corners. Top speeds will be amongst the highest of the season – despite more downforce being required than at Monza, for example. This is aided by the altitude of Mexico City which, at over 2,000 metres, reduces drag effect. The rarefied air density will all make cooling a challenge, and also means the turbocharger compressor must work harder in order to deliver equivalent power output to sea level. With a freshly laid track surface also to consider, it will be interesting to see how the cars behave and how the order plays out. We’re all excited to be tackling the circuit and keen to leave our mark on another historic Grand Prix venue. I was actually working at the last Mexican Grand Prix in 1992 and one thing that stands out from my memories of previous races there is the enthusiasm of the spectators. This is a country with a great racing heritage, so fingers crossed we can put on another spectacular show!"


Session CST (Local Time) UTC (+6 Hours)
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 16:00 - 17:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:39 20:00 - 21:30
Practice 3 10:00 - 11:00 16:00 - 17:00
Qualifying 13:00 - 14:00 19:00 - 20:00
Race 13:00 19:00

Circuit Characteristics

Circuit Length 4.304 km
Race Laps 71
Estimated Race Distance 305.584 km
Estimated Start / Finish Straigh Length 1.2 km
Estimated Distance from Pole to Turn 1 Apex 900 m
Number of Corners 16 (7 L / 9 R)
Direction Clockwise
Estimated Lap Time 1:19.500
Estimated Gear Changes Per Lap 52
Fuel Consumption Low
Elevation (Above Sea Level) 2,285 m
Tyre Compounds M / S
DRS Zones T16-1 / T3-4
Key Overtaking Opportunities T1 / T4

Corner Speeds / Gears (Estimated)

T01 95 km/h 3rd Gear
T02 85 km/h 2nd Gear
T03 105 km/h 3rd Gear
T04 80 km/h 2nd Gear
T05 75 km/h 1st Gear
T06 70 km/h 2nd Gear
T07 145 km/h 4th Gear
T08 185 km/h 5th Gear
T09 190 km/h 6th Gear
T10 155 km/h 5th Gear
T11 220 km/h 6th Gear
T12 125 km/h 4th Gear
T13 65 km/h 1st Gear
T14 110 km/h 3rd Gear
T15 155 km/h 4th Gear
T16 85 km/h 3rd Gear

Top Speeds (Estimated)

Before T01 360 km/h
Before T04 330 km/h
Before T07 255 km/h
Before T12 320 km/h

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