However the younger of the two, Ricardo, died in a non-championship race on Mexico City’s track in 1962. When brother Pedro also perished in Germany nine years later the Magdalena Mixhuaca circuit was renamed the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after the pair of them.
By then the race had been dropped from the calendar following dreadful crowd control problems at the circuit in 1970. It returned in 1986, despite a recent earthquake having killed more than 10,000 people, on a slightly revised course.
The daunting Peraltada – the banked, 180-degree corner before the pits straight – remained, but in 1992 the banking was reduced to ease the corner. That was the last F1 race held at the track, though it is set to return in 2014.
|Lap length||4.438km (2.758 miles)|
|Race distance||306.222km (190.278 miles)|
|Pole position||Left-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’16.788 (208.064 kph) by Nigel Mansell, 1992|
|Fastest lap||1’16.346 (209.268 kph) by Nigel Mansell, 1992|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
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