In numbers: Fast facts ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix

Published on
28 Oct 2022
Est. reading time
2 Min

Brush up on your knowledge ahead of the race

It’s our penultimate double header of the 2022 Formula One World Championship as we’re set to go racing around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on Sunday at the Mexico City Grand Prix.
With the circuit sitting at over 2km above sea level, the thin air puts our power units through more stress than anywhere else on the F1 calendar as they fight to get enough oxygen to pass through the engine.
To get you set for Sunday, we’ve whipped together these fast facts about the history of the race and the location itself.


Alex Albon started eighth on the grid at last week’s United States Grand Prix, his second and our fifth top 10 start of the 2022 season, exceeding our total from 2021.


We hold the record for the highest official trap speed ever recorded in an F1 race at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix, when Valtteri Bottas clocked 372.5km/h (231.46mph). Telemetry from the car showed that he eventually reached 373.3km/h (231.96mph) before hitting the brakes for Turn 1.


The super high speeds attained at this track are perfect for our FW44, which has consistently been the quickest car in a straight line in 2022. The two Williams cars were both among the top three fastest in the speed traps in Austin, having been 1-2 at both Suzuka and Monza.
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We are the joint-most successful constructor in Mexican GP history, with three wins courtesy of Nigel Mansell (1987, 1992) and Riccardo Patrese (1991), all of which were also 1-2 finishes for the team. The 210 laps led by our drivers at this circuit are more than Mercedes (158), Ferrari (140) and Red Bull (209).


Mexico City itself is bisected by the 14.7km (9.1 mile) avenue known as the Paseo de la Reforma (Promenade of the Reform), a wide street designed in the 1960s and modeled on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Home to most of Mexico City’s tallest skyscrapers, the promenade wraps around the Bosque de Chapultepec, one of the largest city parks in the western hemisphere.


The historic centre of Mexico City was founded in 1325, and is focused around the Zócalo, the largest plaza in Latin America with a total area of 57,600 square meters (over 14 acres).
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