“Racing has always been a big part of my life. It’s my passion. All the work I put in is to become the best. I am a competitor and will not rest till I get what I am after.”
As the name suggests, the history of Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is interwoven with that of brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez. It was the former’s emergence in 1961, driving for Ferrari aged just 19, that provided the spark, prompting the decision to build a 5-kilometre circuit in the public Magdalena Mixhuca park in the east of Mexico City. And it was the latter’s success later that decade which helped build an incredibly fervent home support for the event.
The Mexican GP left the F1 calendar after 1992 and returned in 2015 after an injection of both private and government money. The facility has been comprehensively upgraded, while the entire track is being resurfaced for the occasion and changes made to a number of corners including Peraltada.
Mexico City is home to a wealth of cultural gems and places of interest, many of which can be found in the Centro Historico, including the enormous Plaza de la Constitucion (also known as the Zocalo), the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park. Those with a particularly keen interest in history would be well advised to pay a visit to Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan on which Mexico City is now built, whilst those wishing to hear some authentic Mexican music should head to Plaza Garibaldi, widely recognised as the home of mariachi. Elsewhere, Bosque de Chapultepec, the city’s largest park, is home to forests and lakes, as well as numerous other top attractions, including the National Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.