Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Five year contract for Mexico

Mexican GP, 1989

It's official! Formula One will return to Mexico next season after race organisers confirmed this evening that they have signed a five year contract to host the Grand Prix in Mexico city at the old Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The circuit last hosted a race in 1992 when Nigel Mansell won for the Williams F1 Team. In a press conference in Mexico this evening event company CIE CEO Alejandro Soberon confirmed:

'Start your engines, F1 will return to Mexico next year'.

Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone was not present at the press conference but commented on the news by saying:

'I am pleased to confirm that Formula One will be back in Mexico City in 2015, I feel it is the right for F1 for and Mexico and I'm sure it will be to the benefit of both for many years. I look forward to welcoming you all to this global event next year.'

It is believed that the current circuit configuration will be altered and with the race expected to take place towards the end of next season race organizers have plenty of time to update the circuit along with the pit-lane and paddock complex so that they are up to the FIA standard. It is also believed that there will be new grandstands built. 

Formula One has seen a major growth in support in Mexico in recent seasons with Sergio Perez currently driving for the Sahara Force India F1 Team while Esteban Gutierrez is driving for the Sauber F1 Team. It is likely that as the sport will be in Austin towards the end of next season it is likely to be back to back with the race in Mexico.

Officials at the circuit in Mexico are already predicting that they will see in the region of 180,000 spectators at the track over the three days.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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