No. 9 | Mexico City
MEXICO CITY | MEXICAN GRAND PRIX
Circuit Experience: 9
City Action: 7
X Factor: 7
Total | 23
CIRCUIT EXPERIENCE: 9
When you can hear the roar of the crowds on TV, you know the real-life experience is going to be great. The party atmosphere at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is intoxicating — wild fans, mariachi bands, farm-fresh food, incredible seating options, free Wi-Fi … this venue checks off all the right boxes. Plus, we love a Grand Prix with a national driver. Locals come out in droves to support the mighty Sergio Pérez; they are so emphatic that you’ll find yourself cheering for him, too.
CITY ACTION: 7
With 120,000 fans going to and from the circuit in an already incredibly busy city, logistics can take away from pre- and post-race fun. (And warnings not to veer off the beaten path can be intimidating.) Fortunately, Uber is cheap, and there’s good public transit. Our tip: Plan your strategy before you arrive. Those who do wander into town will find the city packed with festivities for Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring loved ones who have passed with artful altar displays, parades, and people dancing in the streets.
X FACTOR: 7
Sitting in the Foro Sol stadium. Few atmospheres in F1 compare. Built in 1993, it is the second largest concert venue in Mexico City. Wraparound stadium seats amplify the Grand Prix crowd’s enthusiasm as cars brake and snake through the stands. In addition to providing an almost intimate look at the drivers, the location makes for a spectacular podium ceremony with a big-name DJ.