MyDrive | Infiniti Red Bull Racing – F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has made history by becoming the first of the current Formula One grid to drive the newly redesigned Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City.
After a tour of the pit and paddock facilities, still under construction, Ricciardo completed the first ever lap of the newly-configured track behind the wheel of a 3.5 litre, 320PS Infiniti Q50 Hybrid. He was then joined by Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz in the World Championship-winning RB7 Formula One car, with the pair driving a number of parts of the track in both cars, including the all-new and highly unique stadium section.
Once complete, the 17-turn, 2.7 mile (4.3km) circuit will return to the F1™ calendar in November with the first Mexican Grand Prix for 23 years.
Commenting on his experience in Mexico, Daniel Ricciardo said: “It was really cool to come and see how the circuit is coming along and to drive around it in the Q50 Hybrid. It clearly has a good mix of fast and slow corners which I think will be a real challenge in an F1 car, so I’m looking forward to racing here later in the season.
I heard that the tickets are already sold out, so it will be a pretty special atmosphere here that’s for sure.”
Commenting on the event, Tommaso Volpe, Global Director of Infiniti Formula One added: “Mexico is one of our fastest-growing global markets, so to become the first car brand to lap the new circuit ahead of the grand prix with Daniel behind the wheel is a testament to our commitment to the business in Latin America.”
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