The US GP was last week, which must mean that it’s time to cross the border and race the Mexican GP.
For the foreseeable future I will be changing the way I do the pre-race stats, ever since I started I’ve been writing practically the same thing, the same way, every single race for years. I’ve never been much of a writer, I deal with numbers, spreadsheets and short sentences mostly, so I’ve decided to keep the stats as mostly that.
With less effort on the writing and more on the actual stats, I should be able to spend more time on the bits I enjoy and through that make better stats. I was initially planning this for Austin, but due to pretty bad flu avoided any stats at all.
18th Mexican GP, all held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
4.304km long lap – second shortest on the calendar, only Monaco is shorter
71 lap race, 305.584km total distance
9 races have been won from pole (52.94%)
2 races have been won from second (11.76%)
11 wins from the front row (64.71%)
14 different race winners for the Mexican GP
Clark, Mansell and Prost all tied for most wins with just two each
Lotus, McLaren and Williams all tied as well with three each
Mercedes have won both races from pole since the return (one Rosberg, one Hamilton)
Winner of the Mexican GP has been the runner up in the championship both times
Lap record 1:20.521 from 2015, highly likely to be beaten this weekend
Named after the Rodriguez brothers, Pedro and Ricardo
Ricardo was one of the youngest F1 drivers ever and died just 20 racing at the track named after him
Pedro the older brother, got to F1 after his brother’s death, died while racing a sportscar
Vettel pole this weekend would be his 50th in F1
Gasly returns to Toro Rosso
Hartley stays so Daniil Kvyat gets dropped a third and final time by Red Bull/Toro Rosso
Max Verstappen has won every race after Daniil Kvyat has been dropped by a team
The Silly Stats
The Axolotl (or Mexican salamander) can swim at about 17kph, so they could swim a lap of a flooded Mexican GP in 16:08.400, which is roughly 12-13 laps at F1 speed.
If you had 1,104 Mastretta MXTs (the Mexican sports car) you could lap around the track once, or 9,248 of them to completely cover the track with cars.
16,945 Chihuahua’s would be required to lap around the track once, though I’d recommend staying away, they may be small but they’re vicious.