Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Formula One set to return to Mexico in 2015


Formula One will return to Mexico next season for the first time in 23 years after Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that there will be a race in Mexico city in 2015. A return to Mexico was first proposed for this season however it did not happen and has now been confirmed for next year. It is great news as there are now two Mexican driver's in Formula One this season with Sergio Perez racing for Sahara Force India while Esteban Gutierrez drives for the Sauber F1 Team which has resulted in surge in support of Formula One in Mexico.

The news is set to be confirmed at press conference on Wednesday morning and is the brain child of Tavo Hellmund who helped bring Formula One back to America at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas which has been a huge success. It is also the being worked on by Alejandro Soberon who is the Chief Executive of entertainment company CIE.

Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Domit is also involved in the plan to bring Formula One back to Mexico. The race could potentially take place towards the end of next season which would make sense as it could be held either before or after the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas as it is just a 2 hour 15 minute flight to Mexico City from Austin.

The addition of Mexico City to the Formula One calendar in 2015 will bring the number of Grand Prix up to the limit of 20 races next season which has happened in the sport since 2012. 

The race is set to take place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit which was the last venue to host a race in 1992.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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