The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, named after two of the most famous Mexican racing drivers, Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez, has been the most important race track in Mexico for more than 50 years. As part of a large sports complex in the southeast of the capital, it has been the scene of many racing categories, from Formula 1 to drag racing.
In the 1960s, the first Grand Prix races were held on an original five-kilometer track. In the 1970s, the circuit was removed from the Formula 1 racing calendar for safety reasons. It was still used for national races. In 1986, Formula 1 returned to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez after the circuit buildings were modernized and the track was adapted to the safety regulations of the time. Until 1991 the Grand Prix of Mexico was held here every year, before Formula 1 decided to include new race tracks in its calendar, especially in the Far East.
It was only with the success of the new Mexican racing stars Sergio Pérez and Esteban Gutiérrez that Tilke’s office decided to modernize the circuit. In order to bring the circuit up to modern F1 standards, extensive renovations were required, which included significant changes to the course of the circuit. In spite of a new alignment of the track and extensions through new curve sequences, the circuit still shows the original race track in its basic features. The highlight of the laps is the revised curve sequence that leads through the Foro Sol stadium and forms one of the most exciting sections of the track. As part of the rebuilding work, the entire track was re-asphalted and new paddock buildings and grandstands were built. The changes were made in stages to allow the continuation of other racing activities. The entire complex was completed by August 2015.