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Quiz: How well do you know the Mexican Grand Prix?

How much do you know about F1's race south of the border, down Mexico way?


F1 heads to Mexico City this weekend for the third running of the revived Mexican Grand Prix. F1 has a deeper history in the country though, with its origins going all the way back to the 1960s, and the country seeing many classic grands prix over the years.

Now it’s time then to see how well you know this history in the RealSport quiz!

  1. 1 What year was the first Mexican Grand Prix held?

    1. 1962
    2. 1963
    3. 1965
    4. 1969
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was in 1962

    Although a non-Championship round that year, the 1962 Mexican Grand Prix was an official Formula 1 event and was attended by many of the leading drivers of that season.

  2. 2 What was so unusual, at least to modern F1 eyes, about the outcome of this race?

    1. The winner ran out of fuel and pushed his car over the line
    2. The race was stopped half way through because of spectators on the circuit
    3. There were two winners
    4. Only three cars finished the race
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    There were two winners!

    This actually marked the final time that two drivers would share a Formula 1 victory.

  3. 3 So who won the inaugural Mexican Grand Prix?

    1. Jim Clarke & Innes Ireland
    2. Jim Clark & Trevor Taylor
    3. Rob Schroeder & Jim Hall
    4. Jack Brabham & Bruce McLaren
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was teammates Jim Clark & Trevor Taylor

    Clark had been black flagged for an illegal start. He then took over his teammate Trevor Taylor's third placed car at a pit stop, then proceeded to reel in the leaders and pass them with a third of the race distance still to run.

    The Scot would go on to become the Mexican Grand Prix's most successful driver with three wins.

  4. 4 Despite starting in the 1960s, the Mexican Grand Prix has been held a surprisingly low number of times. Which running of the race will we see this weekend?

    1. 13th
    2. 15th
    3. 18th
    4. 19th
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The 19th

    This weekend will mark the 19th running of the Mexican Grand Prix

  5. 5 How many circuits have hosted the Mexican Grand Prix?

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Just one

    The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez has been heavily modified over the years, but has hosted every Mexican Grand Prix.

  6. 6 The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is named for two famous Mexican brothers who both competed in Formula 1. One was called Ricardo, but what was the name of the other?

    1. Sergio
    2. Carlos
    3. Pedro
    4. Esteban
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pedro Rodriguez

    Ricardo Rodríguez tragically died during practice for the 1962 race, and his brother Pedro would die nine years later in a sports car event.

  7. 7 Which F1 driver famously tried his hand at Lucha libre (wrestling) in 2015?

    1. Daniel Ricciardo
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Max Verstappen
    4. Lewis Hamilton
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lewis Hamilton

    It was Hamilton, who stopped by at an event before 2015's race.

  8. 8 Sergio Perez will be the home town hero this weekend, but how many other Mexicans have raced in front of their adoring home crowd?

    1. 2
    2. 4
    3. 5
    4. 6
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    5

    There have been six Mexican Formula 1 drivers in total, with only Héctor Rebaque (pictured) not competing in front of a home crowd at least once, as his career spanned a time when Mexico was absent from the calendar.

  9. 9 Formula 1 stopped racing for the first time in Mexico after 1970's race, where the crowd encroached on the track and a dog was killed after it wandered onto the circuit. Which driver had the misfortune of hitting this dog?

    1. John Surtees
    2. Jackie Steward
    3. Pedro Rodriguez
    4. Denny Hulme
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was Jackie Stewart

    Stewart had been fighting the Ferraris of Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni when he collided with the escaped dog, and was forced into retirement with suspension damage.

  10. 10 F1 returned to Mexico in 1986 to witness the first victory of which popular driver?

    1. Gerhard Berger
    2. Nigel Mansell
    3. Riccardo Patrese
    4. Ayrton Senna
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was Gerhard Berger!

    Then driving for Benetton, this marked the first of ten wins for the popular Austrian.

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Nick Brown

By day I work as a Audio Technician in Liverpool, UK, but when I'm not doing that I'm Formula 1 Editor for RealSport!

I've followed Formula 1 from about 8-9 years old, taking in the battles of the likes of Hill/Schumacher and Hakkinen/Schumacher, all the way through to the modern day battles of Hamilton and Vettel. I am a McLaren fan, so the last few year's haven't been great, but at least Fernando Alonso has given us a few things to smile about in that time!

Quiz: How well do you know the Mexican Grand Prix?

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