Mastering the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez: A simracer's guide

Welcome to the electrifying world of simracing, where precision, strategy, and speed converge to create amazing skills on the asphalt. In this installment of Simboostr’s track guide series, we invite you to explore one of the most iconic circuits in the world of Formula 1, the Mexico City Grand Prix Circuit.

Located in the heart of Mexico City, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a true gem for simracers. It's where history meets innovation, and where every corner tells a story of racing legends who've left their mark on this challenging circuit. The Mexico F1 track offers a thrilling challenge that's bound to keep your adrenaline pumping.

In the upcoming sections, we'll dive into the complexity of this remarkable track. We'll uncover the secrets of its corners, share invaluable tips to master its unique features, and guide you towards better lap times. So, fasten your virtual seatbelt, rev up your gaming rig, and let's take an exciting journey to maximize your performance on the Mexico F1 track. Get ready to push your limits and experience the exhilaration of racing in Mexico City!

Trackside pitfalls

Mind the curb carefully

While it's generally recommended to utilize all available curbs for maximum speed and agility, exercise caution when you encounter the orange-colored sausage kerbs on the inner line. These seemingly harmless obstacles can quickly upset your car's balance. There's one notable exception to this rule, Corner 2. Here, precision is paramount, and you should aim to cut through the curb to save valuable seconds. However, ensure that all four wheels remain within the track limits.

Respect the track borders

As you exit corners 3, 6, 11, and 15, be extra cautious about hugging the track's borders. These sections offer valuable opportunities to optimize your racing line. By using the full extent of the track surface, you can position yourself for smoother and faster exits. However, be cautious not to exceed the track limits, as penalties can quickly waste away your hard-earned progress.

Corner breakdown

Corner 6

Avoid the first apex and aim for a late apex on the second one for an optimal exit. Aim to only touch the second part of the double apex and delay this touch for a swift exit at high speed. During exiting the corner, ensure you reach only up to the painted section alongside the curb and remain within the track limits.

Stadium Section (Corners 13-15)

At corner 12, take the exit wide, but swiftly return to the opposite side of the track before approaching corner 13. This allows for braking straight and a wide-angle entry in the next turn. In corner 13, delay your turn-in point as much as possible and maintain a late apex. Afterward, focus on keeping the car steady and avoiding any sliding. Utilize the inner curbs in corner 14, and in corner 15, switch to the outer curbs, sticking with them until the approach to corner 16 entrance. Keep a close eye on the track boundaries, particularly in corner 15. This section presents the most challenging part of the track, where precision can make or break your lap time. Strive to maintain the highest possible minimum speed through this section.

Common challenges

Sections 1-3

A frequent issue among racers is the tendency to go wide on the exit of corner 1, leading to a disadvantageous entering position for corner 2. In some cases, they even need to brake before approaching this turn. Additionally, many drivers fail to make full use of the track by not cutting through enough in this corner.

Sections 7-11

Another common problem arises in corner 7, where racers often don’t take a wide enough line upon entry. It makes them brake harder,  resulting in a lower minimum speed. In the case of corner 10, drivers frequently fail to get back to the left side of the track before entering the corner, causing late turning. This approach prevents them from utilizing the curbs fully, often forcing them to lift the throttle.

Pro strategies

Strategies for a diverse track

Given the track's diverse nature, mastering it demands a strategic approach. With its mix of low-speed 90-degree corners, high-speed twists, and lengthy straights, compromise is key. Achieving a high top speed is essential for effective overtaking, which often requires opting for a lower downforce setup. Your wing settings should allow for safe passage through the high-speed sections (sections 7-11) while still ensuring the required speed.

Suspension savvy, finding the right balance

When it comes to suspension, avoid setting it too stiff. This is because you'll need to utilize all the curbs on the track, and an excessively stiff suspension can easily unsettle your car.

Perfecting the hot lap

During qualifying, before a hot lap, focus on preparing for the turn onto the main straight. Let your car take a wider angle to maximize your speed potential. However, at the end of the hot lap, be swift in returning to the right side of the track to save both distance and time. These strategic adjustments will help you navigate the intricacies of this track like a pro.

In summary, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez presents a thrilling challenge for simracers, one that requires not only technical precision but also a well-thought-out racing strategy. Armed with these valuable insights and approaches, you'll find yourself better prepared to conquer the unique demands of the Mexico F1 track. So, whether you're aiming for that perfect qualifying lap or seeking consistent excellence during the race, remember these tips as you navigate this exciting circuit. Here's to fast, flawless laps, and continued success on the track!

Good luck, and happy racing!