Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has become the first of the current F1 grid to drive the newly-redesigned Aut?dromo Hermanos Rodr?guez circuit in Mexico City, some three months ahead of the country returning to the grand prix calendar.

After a tour of the pit and paddock facilities, which are still under construction, the Australian completed the first ever lap of the newly-configured track behind the wheel of an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, before being joined by Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz in one of Red Bull's world championship-winning RB7s, 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 4.3km circuit will host the first Mexican Grand Prix for 23 years but, for now, it largely resembles a dust bowl as construction continues apace.

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"It was really cool to come and see how the circuit is coming along and to drive around it in the Q50 Hybrid," Ricciardo commented, "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."