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F1 makes its second stop on US soil this year, paying its yearly visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texans. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s US Grand Prix, with information on how to watch the race. We also have F1 predictions up for the weekend, along with the odds available.
Mexican GP start time and UK schedule
- 1 Mexican GP start time and UK schedule
- 2 How can I watch the Mexican GP?
- 3 About the Mexican GP
- 4 Mexico City offers more than just racing
Mexican Grand Prix date
The 2023 Mexican Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, October 29th.
Mexican Grand Prix start time
The Mexican Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 8:00 pm GMT.
You can check the table below for all session start times, already adjusted according to the standard time switch on October 29.
Mexican GP schedule
|Friday, October 27th||Start time (BST)|
|Free practice 1||6:30 pm – 7:30 pm|
|Free practice 2||10:00 pm – 11:00 pm|
|Saturday, October 28th||Start time (BST)|
|Free practice 3||5:30 pm – 6:30 pm|
|Qualifying||9:00 pm – 10:00 pm|
|Sunday, October 29th||Start time (GMT)|
How can I watch the Mexican GP?
The Mexican GP will air live on Sky Sports (TV and streaming) and NOW (streaming. In the US, fans can watch the sessions live on ESPN (TV and streaming). You can check the table below for additional information.
|Sky Sports F1||UK|
|NOW TV/Sky Go App||UK|
About the Mexican GP
The Hermanos Rodrigues circuit first hosted a non-championship round in 1962, which was unfortunately marked by the tragic death of one of the Rodriguez brothers, Ricardo. Mexico returned to the schedule the following year, now as a fully-fledged championship round.
The race ran into plenty of problems, especially during the chaotic 1970 race. With the organizers failing to provide solutions, Mexico dropped out of the schedule in 1971. F1 made multiple attempts to come back, and the reunion finally happened in 1988.
Mexico’s second stint, however, was a short-lived one. The race dropped out of the schedule just four years later, in 1992, because of financial problems.
It wouldn’t be until 2015 that F1 would return to Mexico. This time, however, at a very different track. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez underwent a complete redesign, changing most of the fast, wide radius corners into 90-degree, slow turns. Most notoriously, the new layout cut off the legendary Peraltada, the heavily banked and iconic final turn.
Mexico was set to drop out of the schedule again in 2019, but a change of plans allowed the GP to remain on the schedule until 2022. Last year, Mexico signed a new deal, and is currently set to be a part of the F1 calendar until 2025.
Altitude and weather
Altitude will be a factor for the first time this season. Mexico City has the highest altitude in the F1 schedule, sitting 2,285 meters above sea level. Because of the rarified air, cars face less resistance, which allows teams to run high drag setups. On the other hand, cooling becomes much more difficult. Keeping brakes and engines at working temperatures can be a challenge.
As far as the weather is concerned, Hurricane Otis won’t impact the weekend. There is a low chance of rain during the Friday sessions, and virtually no chance on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will be slightly lower compared to Qatar and Austin, in the 25°C range.
Mexican GP stats
These are the key stats you need to know for the 2023 Mexican Grand Prix:
|Last Mexican Grand Prix||2022|
|Circuit length||4.304 km|
|Number of laps||71|
|Race distance||305.354 km|
|Lap record||Valtteri Bottas, 2021 (1:17.774)|
Most wins (drivers)
|Drivers||Number of wins|
|Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Lewis Hamilton||2|
|Dan Gurney, Richie Ginther, John Surtees, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme, Jacky Ickx, Gerhard Berger, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Nico Rosberg||1|
Most wins (constructors)
|Constructors||Number of wins|
|Lotus, McLaren, Williams, Mercedes||3|
|Honda, Cooper, Brabham, Benetton||1|
Mexico City offers more than just racing
Mexico City is the most populous city in North America, and the fifth most populous in the world. It is widely considered a major cultural center as well. The city’s historical center is where the former Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, used to be, making Mexico City the capital in the Americas.
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