Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Web site: http://www.cie.com.mx/
Address: Mexico City, Mexico
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Built in a park in 1958, the first race held there was "Los 500 Km de la Ciudad de México", won by the Rodriguez brothers, and it hosted its first Formula One Mexican Grand Prix in 1962, a non championship event, where Ricardo lost his life in the infamous Peraltada. The circuit remained part of the F1 calendar through 1970, when spectator overcrowding caused unsafe conditions. The track was used after the 1970 F1 Grand Prix as a host for national championships. It was a host for two races of the defunct Indy Car series, in 1980 and 1981, when Tom Sneva had a big accident on the curve called "Espiral". When the track got its F1 championship round in 1986, the circuit boasted a new pit complex, as well as improved safety all around. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (as of 2006) has been the only venue for the Mexican Grand Prix.
The circuit itself has a very bumpy surface, mostly due to Mexico City's location on a geologically active region. Furthermore, with an elevation of 2,285 m,(7,500 ft) the thin air makes breathing more difficult for both the drivers and their cars. The circuit got its name shortly after it opened when Ricardo Rodriguez tragically lost his life here in a non-title event (Ricardo's brother Pedro would also lose his life behind the wheel years later). The name translated to English means 'Rodriguez Brothers Raceway'.
The circuit had a blindingly fast final corner (the Peraltada) before a long start/finish straight 1.2 Km. in length, and thus reminded some of Monza; however, unlike Monza's parabolica curve, the Peraltada curve was slightly banked, allowing even more speed through the corner. After the last F1 Mexican Grand Prix in 1992, a baseball stadium was built on part of this section, so when the Champ Car series began coming to the track in 2002, this was partially bypassed by a series of sharp turns entering and exiting the baseball field, re-entering Peralta, which had now been flattened, halfway through.
It's a very nice track. Most of the turns on the track are increasing radius turns, cars accelerate as they drive through them. This makes for great television as you can see the cars pick up speed and slide through the turns on the limit of traction as the drivers weave their way through the turns.
Increasing radius turns are a favorite of many track drivers and they let the driver accelerate through the turn. Care needs to be taken to only slightly push the car to slide as it's easy to run out of track :)
The follow sections describe the turns or series of turns on the race track in a step by step detail from various people who have driven the track
GPS Track Map and Vehicle Dynamics
Typical Lap Times
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