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F1 Mexico GP preview – start time, how to watch & more

Mexico GP start time preview
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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

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 27thStart time (BST)
Free practice 16:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Free practice 210:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 28thStart time (BST)
Free practice 35:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Qualifying9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday, October 29thStart time (GMT)
Race8:00 pm

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.

Television channels

TV channelLocation
Sky Sports F1UK
Fox SportsAustralia

Streaming services

Streaming serviceLocation
TSN DirectCanada

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 Prix2022
Circuit length4.304 km
Number of laps71
Race distance305.354 km
Lap recordValtteri Bottas, 2021 (1:17.774)

Most wins (drivers)

DriversNumber of wins
Max Verstappen4
Jim Clark, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Lewis Hamilton2
Dan Gurney, Richie Ginther, John Surtees, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme, Jacky Ickx, Gerhard Berger, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Nico Rosberg1

Most wins (constructors)

ConstructorsNumber of wins
Red Bull4
Lotus, McLaren, Williams, Mercedes3
Honda, Cooper, Brabham, Benetton1

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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