history, curious facts and all its details

Worldwide, the Hermanos Rodríguez Racetrack it is one of the circuits most respected by motorists. The fast curves, long straights and technical

Worldwide, the Hermanos Rodríguez Racetrack it is one of the circuits most respected by motorists. The fast curves, long straights and technical zones make the Magdalena Mixhuca enclosure a true paradise for lovers of speed.

So much is their level of demand, that the best pilots in the world meet once a season on Mexican soil for the Grand Prix of Mexico of . This event may sound like something “recent”, but the reality is different. It has been held since 1962, with a score one year later and, since then, it has been the protagonist of a large number of important events.

In these lines we tell you some of its curious data, important dates and changes received over the years.

A thesis of another level

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez was originally thought of in 1955 as a thesis project by Óscar Fernández Gómez Daza, an engineering student who realized the lack of a racetrack in Mexico.

When Gómez Daza presented his project to his teachers, they were completely surprised. They applied for a government competition for the construction of a public sports space and won the opportunity to bring Óscar Fernández’s design to reality.

However, it was not until 1959 that its construction was completed. Thanks to its layout with a 4.05 kilometer straight, it is historically considered the fastest circuit on the F1, with speeds of up to 364 km / h.

The firsts years

It was in 1962 when the pilots of the Formula 1 they stepped on the national racetrack for the first time. Named at the time as Autódromo de la Magdalena Mixhuca, the first race did not score in the championship, but it attracted many international competitors.

It was on this weekend that the rising Mexican star, Ricardo Rodríguez, suffered a fatal accident at the exit of the banked curve. Ricardo was 20 years old, he was racing for Ferrari and he was seen as one of the best of his time.

For next year, F1 decided to include Mexico in the scoring calendar. This was the penultimate circuit to compete of the year and, similar to the rest of the season, the event was dominated by Jim Clark. The British driver set pole position, led each lap and finished two minutes before the rest of the competitors.

In 1964 one of the closest races of the season took place. The victory was fought by Graham Hill, John Surtees and Jim Clark, fighting until the last corner, where Surtees took the advantage and was crowned as the champion of that year.

The Olympics and F1

In 1968, with the Olympics in full swing in Mexico City, the organizers thought of canceling the event due to possible organizational problems. However, they convinced the F1 directors and the Mexican GP from start to finish, just a week after the Olympics are over.

This was the first F1 race that Pedro Rodríguez ran in Mexico. This time he came in fourth place, just seconds from a podium position. Four years later, Pedro loses his life in a race accident in Germany and, in honor of the two brothers, the new name of the racetrack is taken.


An obligatory break and the rumors of his return

In 1992 the last Grand Prix of Mexico 20th century. This decision was made after the track caused several accidents to important pilots, such as Ayrton senna on the bank. The FIA ​​decided that Mexico could not have a race until it redesigned the circuit and met international safety standards.

Soon after, the Foro Sol was built on the inside of the banked curve as part of the planned redesign. Champ Car raced in 2002 and, thanks to this category, they completely changed the most dangerous corner of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez for two tight laps at the entrance and exit of Foro Sol.
The rumors of the return of F1 were several during almost 20 years of absence. The first suggested that they would build a new racetrack in Cancun called Mantarraya thanks to a private investment from $ 70 million.


This rumor was denied soon after by the governor of Quintana Roo, but he did not rule out that, for 2006, they could carry out a street race similar to Monaco. The plan was scrapped in 2004 due to legal problems and the issue was never touched upon.

In 2006, during the United States GP, Bernie Ecclestone announced that Mexico would return for 2009, but there were no further statements. Every time Ecclestone was questioned on the subject, he seemed to evade it and there was no resolution.