Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix Travel Guide

Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix Travel Guide

Introduction to the Grand Prix

The F1 Mexican Grand Prix is held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, a circuit named after 2 Mexican brothers who tragically died in racing accidents. In addition to the track being notoriously bumpy, at an altitude of over 2km above sea-level, the cars run hot and are more prone to failure. It is one of 3 races held in North America besides the F1 American Grand Prix and the F1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Quick Facts

  • First Grand Prix: 1963
  • Number of Laps: 71
  • Circuit Length: 4.304km
  • Corners: 17
  • Fastest Lap: 1:18.741 by Valtteri Bottas in 2018
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time: GMT-5 (Mexico City)

What are the best grandstands to watch F1 Mexican Grand Prix?

F1 Mexican Grand Prix - Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit map

Mexican Formula 1 fans are known to be very enthusiastic and show strong support at their home event. Even though the ticket prices are comparatively high, they tend to sell quickly. The grandstands at this circuit are grouped in coloured zones to help fans navigate to their seats. The circuit has undergone substantial re-development in 2015 and provides some great spectating options.

Recommended Grandstands

Grandstands 3-6 or ‘blue zone’ – located outside of the first 3 corners after the main straight, this section is the best overtaking opportunity of the circuit and will almost guarantee you some close wheel to wheel action. Any of these Grandstands are worth the money and a ticket here is perfect for the true racing fans.

Grandstand 3 is the one closest to the track however only provides views of the back of the cars through turns 1-3. Grandstands 4-5 are a little more distant due to the run-off area after the main straight but offer great views nevertheless. Grandstand 6 will offer views of the front of the cars as they battle through the first 3 turns but your view of the main straight will be obstructed.

Foro Sol Norte (15) and Foro Sol Sud (14) – originally built as a sports and concert venue, the arena was redesigned in 2015 to have the track run right through it. With over 25,000 seats, you are bound to have an electric atmosphere. Slow corners 13 to 15 combined with fence free views allow you to see the smaller details of the cars and is great for F1 amateur photographers.

The bonus of this grandstand is that you will be able to see the podium ceremony. Foro Sol Sud is slightly better for the ceremony views and also has a bit of cover from the sun but there really isn’t much between the 2 grandstands.

Other Grandstands

The Green Zone grandstands have the obvious attraction of views over the starting grid and the pits action while the Yellow Zone grandstands are a good alternative to those who may have missed out on the above recommended tickets.

General admission – beware that the main admission tickets are unlike most of the other circuits. GA ticket holders and confined to a single Grandstand 6A which is located on the far straight of the track. There are un-numbered seats which is probably the only benefits to this grandstand. There really isn’t much action going on here with trees covering some of views and we strongly advise to spend the extra for a different grandstand.

How to get to F1 Mexican Grand Prix?

Getting to and around Mexico City

Most fans flying overseas will arrive at Mexico City Benito Juarez airport (MEX), the busiest airport in Latin America. There are 2 terminals with Terminal 1 serving most of the international flights. Fans arriving for the F1 Mexican Grand Prix have 3 main options to get to the city centre.

By taxi/ride-sharing

Taking a taxi or hailing yourself an Uber is the most convenient option. Taxis are available outside of the arrivals 24/7 and we strongly advise you to take an official pre-paid taxi to avoid being scammed. There are official ticket booths at the arrival halls where you can purchase a taxi coupon. You have the option between choosing a 4-seater and an 8-seater car. Make sure to ask and pay for a 4-seater car if that is all you need as you may be sold a more expensive 8-seater coupon without asking.

By bus

Another quick and easy option is to take the Metrobus line 4 to the city centre. The bus runs every 15 minutes from 4:30 to 24:00. A one way ticket only costs 30 Pesos and takes around 30 minutes to the city centre. You will need to purchase a Metrobus Card and add credit in order to pay for the bus. The cards are available at the ticket machines in both terminals.

By metro

Not the quickest or most convenient option, but it may suit those who have booked accommodation close to a metro station. Turn left from the Terminal 1 arrivals hall and walk for 10 minutes along a sidewalk towards the Terminal Aérea metro station. One way ticket only costs 5 Pesos but the trip to the city centre takes 50 minutes and you will need to change lines.

Getting to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
By metro

By far the easiest and cheapest way to get to the track is to take the Metro. Each of the seating zones has its dedicated gate so be sure to use the correct one as you will not be able to enter otherwise.

  • Foro Sol ticket holders will find the closest metro station to be Velódromo.
  • Green Zone ticket holders will find the closest metro station to be Cuidad Deportiva.
  • Blue Zone tickets holders will find the closest metro station to be Puebla.
  • For Yellow Zone ticket holders, either Velodromo or Puebla stations are the closest to the gates but will take an approx. 30 minute walk.
By bus

You can also use the Metrobus service to get to the track. There are dedicated bus lanes in Mexico City so the bus is able to avoid the traffic jams. Several routes serve streets around the circuit and your best bet is to get directions from Google Maps depending on where you are staying.

By taxi/ride-sharing

You can easily get a taxi or Uber to the circuit as there will be plenty available but you should expect heavy traffic jams on race weekend. Also ensure to use a reputable taxi company which your accommodation desk should be able to book for you.

Where to stay for the F1 Mexican Grand Prix?

Mexico City is a huge city with over 8 million people living there. Thankfully for the F1 fans, the airport, city centre and the Autódromo are all relatively close to each other. We have listed several tourist friendly areas that should suit your accommodation needs below.

Centro Historico – the historical centre and heart of the city spread around the Zócalo square, it is one of the most popular tourist areas. You will find lots of restaurants, shops and a vibrant nightlife around here. You will also find several metro stations nearby which should make it easy for you to get to the circuit.

Polanco – luxury, fine dining and designer shops are prevalent in this area. While it is one of the most upscale neighbourhoods of the city, you will still be able to find small coffee shops and authentic Mexican food street vendors around here. Polanco is well suited for families as it is laid back and very safe.

Condesa/Roma – for a more authentic experience, stay in either of these neighbouring areas. Artistic and relaxed atmosphere of these areas attract many locals and tourists alike. You should find plenty of bars and restaurants as well as local cafes and markets to visit.

What else is there to do in Mexico City?

Mexico City skyline

Whether you are here for just the race weekend or extending your stay, from historic monuments to beautiful parks and open air markets, you will have no shortage of things to see and do. While the city is very large, many of the things on tourist’s to-do lists are located around the city centre which makes it easier to explore. Plus, you should make good use of the well-connected and cheap metro system.

Explore Centro Historico – there are simply too many sights to list in this guide that you will be able to find around this area. Zocalo is the central square of the city and is almost impossible to miss for any tourist. Just off it, you will find Metropolitan Cathedral that looks like it is barely standing yet is draped in old inside. One of the more recognisable cultural centres of the city, Palacio de Bellas Artes is also located within walking distance from the main square.

Chapultepec Forest – one of the largest city parks in Latin America that caters to all visitors, whether those looking for activities or in need of some down time. From food stalls and hammock zones to roller coasters and a free zoo, you will definitely find something to do here.

The Torre Latinoamericana – a landmark of the city and once its tallest building, get up to the observation deck on top of it. You can see the full stretch of the city from here and tourists flood here during sunset.

Top tip: Instead of paying to get to the observation deck, take the free lift to the bar which is located only one level below. Spend your money on a drink, take a seat and enjoy the view.

Teotihuacán – there is no need to travel all the way to Egypt to see some ancient pyramids, you can see them just outside of Mexico City while you’re here! One of the best known ancient Aztec ruins in the world, not only it attract tourists for its beauty, but also for the fact that visitors can climb 248 steps to the top of the pyramid. You will need to take a day tour to get here so plan ahead to extend your stay if you would like to visit.

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