Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has become the first of the current F1 grid to drive the newly-redesigned Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 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.
“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.”