Daniel Ricciardo Becomes First Formula One Driver To Sample New Grand Prix Venue In Mexico CityJun 5th, 2018
MEXICO CITY – Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has made history by becoming the first of the current Formula One grid to drive the newly redesigned Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City.
After a tour of the pit and paddock facilities that are still under construction, Ricciardo completed the first ever lap of the newly configured track behind the wheel of an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid. Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz then joined Ricciardo in the World Championship-winning RB7 Formula One car, with the pair driving a number of parts of the track in both cars, including the all-new and highly unique stadium section.
Once complete, the 17-turn, 2.7-mile (4.3km) circuit will return to the F1™ calendar in November with the first Mexican Grand Prix for 23 years.
“It was really cool to come and see how the circuit is coming along and to drive around it in the Q50 Hybrid,” said Ricciardo. “It clearly has a good mix of fast and slow corners, which I think will be a real challenge in an F1 car, so I’m looking forward to racing here later in the season. I heard that the tickets are already sold out, so it will be a pretty special atmosphere here that’s for sure.”