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Mexico's first Formula 1 superstar

As everyone knows, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is named after two revered characters of Mexican motorsport, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez.

As everyone amazes at the achievements of the juvenile Max Verstappen, Ricardo Rodriguez enjoyed a meteoric rise of his own, winning his first international event - a sportscar race at Riverside in 1957 - at just 15!

His talent in sportscar racing eventually earned him an F1 race debut, with Ferrari at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. As the youngest man ever to race in F1, Rodriguez qualified an astonishing second, just one tenth behind team mate Wolfgang von Trips and in front of future world champion Phil Hill.

He retired in the race but Ferrari took notice and duly signed the youngster for a full season in 1962.

The Scuderia's cars had lost their edge unfortunately that year and the team took a pass on the season-ending races and the inaugural non-championship event in Mexico City.

Desperate to race on home soil, Ricardo Rodriguez was recruited by Rob Walker's private Lotus team. Alas, in his quest to beat his rivals in qualifying, the Mexican lost it for an unknown reason at the track's daunting Peraltada turn.

Ricardo Rodriguez was killed at the age of 20, and Formula 1 had lost one of its brightest talents.