F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position for Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Mercedes stunned Red Bull with a qualifying turnaround to secure a front row lockout, with Bottas sealing his 19th career pole position in F1 ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull struggled with rear wing issues, with the team having to patch cracks with tape ahead of qualifying,  before both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez saw their final Q3 laps wrecked when Yuki Tsunoda went off track ahead of them – leading to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner stating they “got Tsunoda’d”. 

The result of this left Verstappen down in third place with team-mate Perez in fourth place, despite looking like the dominant team in practice in Mexico City.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly won the ‘best of the rest’ battle again with fifth place in qualifying, as Carlos Sainz Jr claimed sixth place for Ferrari just 0.002s faster than McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Charles Leclerc had to settle for eighth place for Ferrari with AlphaTauri’s Tsunoda and McLaren’s Lando Norris completing the Q3 contenders, but both will start the Mexican GP from the back of the grid due to power unit change penalties.

Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) will also start from the back of the grid due to power unit changes, the latter also suffering a heavy crash in Q1, while George Russell takes a five-place grid drop for a gearbox change in his Williams.

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

When is the F1 Mexican Grand Prix?

Date: Sunday 7th November 2021
Start time: 7:00pm GMT, 1:00pm local time
The 18th round of the 2021 F1 season, the Mexican GP at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, gets underway at 1pm local time (7pm GMT) on Sunday 7th November.

How can I watch the Mexican GP?

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will be live broadcasting the Mexican GP, with the race shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will be starting at 5:30pm GMT ahead of the race start at 7:00pm GMT.

• Channel: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
• Start time: 5:30pm GMT, Sunday 7th November

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of the Mexican GP here.

When can I watch the Mexican GP highlights?

In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is also broadcasting highlights of the Mexican GP at 11:35pm GMT on Sunday. The full programme will run for one hour and 30 minutes, covering the pre-race, the race highlights and the initial post-race reaction to wrap up the major talking points of the race weekend.

For the entire 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.

· Channel: Channel 4
· Start time: 11:35pm GMT, Sunday 7th November

Will the Mexican GP be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations and the via the BBC Sport website.

Live coverage of the Mexican GP will start at 6:45pm GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sounds app.

Weather forecast for the Mexican GP

Current weather forecasts predict sunny and dry conditions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with a very small chance of rain during the race. The temperature is expected to be 20 degrees Celsius for the start of the race – eight degrees cooler than the United States GP.

How many laps is the Mexican GP?

The race is scheduled to complete 71 laps of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, covering a total race distance of 305.354km.

F1 Mexican GP grid

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 1'15.875  
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1'16.020 0.145
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 1'16.225 0.350
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull Honda 1'16.342 0.467
5 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1'16.456 0.581
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari Ferrari 1'16.761 0.886
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1'16.763 0.888
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 1'16.837 0.962
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1'17.746 1.871
10 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'17.958 2.083
11 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'18.290 2.415
12 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1'18.452 2.577
13 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1'18.756 2.881
14 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1'18.858 2.983
15 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 1'18.172 2.297
16 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1'19.303 3.428
17 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1'20.873 4.998
18 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1'17.158 1.283
19 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1'36.830 20.955
20 France Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1'18.405 2.530
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