Next up on the calendar is a race where both title contenders have enjoyed success in the past, the Mexican Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen moved a step closer to sealing his first World Championship last time out with a win in Austin and now heads south of the border with a 12-point lead over Lewis Hamilton.
There was precious little to choose between the drivers and their teams at the Circuit of The Americas, with the Dutchman crossing the line just over a second ahead of the Brit on race day.
If history is anything to go by, the battle could well be equally as close in Mexico City, where Red Bull and Mercedes have both been strong in the past, as have their lead drivers.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix
When is the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix?
Practice 1: Friday November 5, 1130-1230 (1730-1830 UK time)
Practice 2: Friday November 5, 1500-1600 (2100-2200 UK time)
Practice 3: Saturday November 6, 1100-1200 (1700-1800 UK time)
Qualifying: Saturday November 6, 1400 (2000 UK time)
Race: Sunday November 7, 1300 (1900 UK time)
Where does the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix take place?
— Mexico Grand Prix 🇲🇽 (@mexicogp) November 1, 2021
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, built in 1959 is located in southeast Mexico City, within the public park of the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City.
It first hosted an official Formula 1 race in 1963 and 19 more have taken place there since, with it returning to the calendar in 2015 after being absent for just over 20 years.
The race has proved a popular addition to the schedule since then, with an electric atmosphere being created by the packed grandstands and some thrilling racing being produced on track.
The circuit is 4.309km long and consists of 17 corners in total, with the final one – the peraltada – being particularly famous. The main straight meanwhile is one of the longest on the calendar, with cars hitting speeds of around 230mph on it.
Some huge moments have taken place at the track in recent times, with Lewis Hamilton securing titles there in 2017 and 2018.
Where can I watch the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix?
Every session, from the start of FP1 to the end of the race, can be found on pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports in the UK. A live stream of their coverage can also be accessed via Now TV.
Highlights of qualifying and the race will also be shown on free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
You can watch all the action from Mexico City live with F1 TV Pro. Please check to see if it is available in your country.
Subscribers to the official F1 app can access live data throughout the race weekend and listen to radio commentary there on race day.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session, with coverage beginning 30 minutes before each practice and qualifying, and one hour before the race.
The Mexican Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
What is the starting grid for the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix?
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine
13 Nicholas Latifi Williams
14 Mick Schumacher Haas
15 Nikita Mazepin Haas
16 George Russell Williams
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
18 Lando Norris McLaren
19 Esteban Ocon Alpine
20 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
What are the odds for the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix?
Here are Planet Sport Bet’s latest odds on the winner of the Mexican Grand Prix:
Max Verstappen – 6/5
Lewis Hamilton – 6/4
Valtteri Bottas – 5/1
Sergio Perez – 20/1
Pierre Gasly – 50/1
Carlos Sainz – 66/1
(Updated November 6. Head to Planet Sport Bet for live prices and more markets).
What is the weather forecast for the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix?
As is usually the case for the race in Mexico City, it looks like things will remain dry throughout the weekend, with fairly high temperatures.
Friday: 22°C, sunny
Saturday: 22°C, sunny
Sunday: 19°C, sunny spells
Directions to the Mexican Grand Prix
For those travelling to the race by air, the nearest airport is Benito Juárez International Airport, Mexico City’s main travel hub. From there, the circuit can easily be reached by metro or taxi.
Those are also the best options for those heading to the track from the city centre, with no car parking available at the circuit itself.
The track is sectioned into colour-coded zones and you’ll have to enter through the correct gate to access yours, which is rather unique on the Formula 1 calendar.
Address: Av, Viad. Río de la Piedad S/n, Granjas México, Iztacalco, 08400 Iztacalco, CDMX, Mexico
Which drivers have won the Mexican Grand Prix?
Not long to go, now! 👏👏👏
Can't wait to be back in Mexico City 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/9CqbyUzBF9
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 1, 2021
There have been 20 Mexican Grands Prix since the first one went ahead in 1963, and 15 drivers have tasted victory there, with five doing so twice.
It has proved to be a strong circuit for British drivers with Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell and Hamilton all managing to win there twice. Clark actually has three to his name but the first of them, in 1962, wasn’t an official championship race.
Therefore, if Hamilton wins this time around, he’ll officially become the event’s most successful driver, but the same can be said for his title rival, Verstappen, who triumphed there himself in 2017 and 2018 before Hamilton got back to winning ways in 2019.
Alain Prost is the only other driver to have won there more than once.
Winners of the Mexican Grand Prix since it’s return are as follows:
2019: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2018: Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull)
2017: Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull)
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2015: Nico Rosberg (Germany, Mercedes)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Max Verstappen – 287.5 points
Lewis Hamilton – 275.5 points
Valtteri Bottas – 185 points
Sergio Perez – 150 points
Lando Norris – 149 points
Mercedes – 460.5 points
Red Bull – 437.5 points
McLaren – 254 points
Ferrari – 250.5 points
Alpine – 104 points
Full standings can be found here.
Tyre choices for the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix
Like at the last race in Mexico City and this season’s most recent round, the United States Grand Prix, Pirelli are bringing the three compounds in the middle of their range to the race weekend: the C2, C3 and C4 tyres.
This will make the C2 the hard compound, the C3 and medium and the C4 as the soft on a track that the Italian company think will be smoother on the tyres than the Circuit of The Americas was.
Red Bull on a high ahead of Mexico GP
Red Bull will be going into the Mexican GP on a high after their podium places at COTA.