The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Mexican F1 Grand Prix
The Mexican Formula one, F1 Grand prix is the nineteenth race in the 2016 Formula one, F1 season in Mexico City at the circuit of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez taking place on the 30th October 2016.
The Mexican Grand Prix (Gran Premio de México) is a Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile sanctioned auto race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City. It first appeared as a non-championship event in 1962 before being held as a championship event from 1963-1970 and 1986-1992. The Grand Prix returned in 2015 at the Mexico City circuit.
2002 saw the revival of the Grand Prix of Mexico for Champ Cars on a much modified version of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit which included cutting the peraltada in half. This was a six-year stay which saw Sébastien Bourdais win half of the six races that followed.
Rumors first surfaced in 2003 that the Mexican Grand Prix might return to the Formula One calendar at a new $70 million circuit, dubbed “Mantarraya”, to be built near Cancún. In 2005, the governor of the Quintana Roo state boldly stated Mexico would have a Grand Prix on the calendar for 2006. The plan was halted, possibly scuttled, later that year as a debate arose about whether the land the circuit was to be built on was properly owned by the right people to do so.
After the 2006 United States Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone announced that the Grand Prix of Mexico would return for the 2009 season, however nothing further came from the announcement.
In August 2011, Carlos Slim Domit revealed plans for a revived race. In August 2013, it was suggested by “high level sources” that the Mexican Grand Prix could be on the provisional 2014 World Championship calendar. A preliminary draft calendar for the 2014 season, circulated in early September 2013, assigned 9 November 2014 for the Mexican Grand Prix, but did not specify a circuit and noted that the event was “subject to confirmation”. But on 5 December 2013, the FIA released the official 2014 Formula One season calendar, and the Mexican Grand Prix was not on the calendar; then the FIA announced that the Mexican Grand Prix was postponed to 2015 due to lack of sufficient preparation time to upgrade the somewhat run-down Hermanos Rodríguez circuit to Formula 1 working standards. In July 2014, Ecclestone confirmed that he had signed a 5-year deal for the Hermanos Rodriguez track to host the Mexican Grand Prix, starting in 2015. On 3 December 2014, the FIA published a confirmed calendar for 2015 showing the 2015 Grand Prix of Mexico on 1 November 2015.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez lies 5 kilometres away from Mexico City International airport (MMMX / MEX). The journey time by car is around 10 minutes subject to traffic. it is not always possible to access runway slots at Mexico City, and demand often outweighs supply. The alternate airport is Mexico Toluca International Adolfo Lopez Mateos airport, which lies 63 kilometres away from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and takes around 1 hour 15 minutes by car, subject to traffic. A helicopter transfer will land you at the Autodromo in 20 minutes.
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