3 SEPTEMBER 2017
WEC: 6 HOURS OF MEXICO
AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ
Circuit length: 2.674 miles (4.304km)
2016 WEC LMP2 winners: Ricardo Gonzalez/Filipe Albuquerque/Bruno Senna (Ligier-Nissan)
- The circuit was built in a public park in 1962 and held the first Mexican Grand Prix later that year. It was marred by tragedy however, when home-grown talent Ricardo Rodriguez lost his life in a crash. The circuit would go on to be named after him and his brother Pedro, who died nine years later.
- Safety concerns around overcrowding to see Pedro Rodriguez race in 1970 led to F1 being absent until 1986. The race dropped off the calendar again after 1993, before returning in 2015.
- A year later, Formula E and the World Endurance Championship both added the revamped Mexico City track to their schedules.
- During F1's second absence, a baseball stadium was built on the inside of the final corner. The modern circuit has been re-routed through the stadium, creating an impressive arena that is popular with the passionate and vocal Mexican fans.
- The Greater Mexico City area has a population of 21.2 million people, making it the 10th most populous built-up area in the world and largest Spanish-speaking city.
ALEX'S TRACK VIEW
This is a new circuit for me, although I do obviously know it from Formula 1, and the thing that stands out is how great the fans are and how much passion they seem to have for racing. I'm looking forward to that, and the circuit has great history too from the days of Mansell and Senna.