2013 F1 season
Ecclestone told AutoWeek a previous proposal to hold the race at a venue in Cancun, a popular holiday destination on the country’s eastern coast, had failed.
“Mexico City is a better place to hold the race than Cancun,” said Ecclestone. “In more or less any city around the world you could ask people ‘where is Mexico City?’ and they would say ‘Mexico’.”
“If you said to somebody ‘where is Cancun?’ they would say ‘I don’t know.’”
Among those behind a plan to bring F1 back to Mexico is Tavo Hellmund, who drew up the original plans for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Alejandro Soberon, chief executive of live entertainment company CIA group, is also involved in the project.
The third man behind the proposal is FIA Senate member Carlos Slim Domit. He is a patron of the Asociacion Mexicana Automovilistica (Mexican Automobile Association) and son of the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu.
But Ecclestone denied Helu would be funding the race: “Everybody thinks that Carlos Slim is going to pay the bills for the race but I know he’s not,” he said.
Helu is the chairman of Telmex, which backed the career of Sergio Perez via the Escuderia Telmex. It has now brought Esteban Gutierrez into F1 as well, meaning there will be two Mexicans competing in F1 for the first time in 45 years.
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