Riccardo Patrese, Nigel Mansell, Williams, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 1991

Mexico “the right spot” for F1 – Slim

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Riccardo Patrese, Nigel Mansell, Williams, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 1991Mexico is the “right spot” for a new F1 race in the Americas according to Carlos Slim Domit.

Domit, an FIA Senate member and son Carlos Slim Helu who is considered to be the world’s richest man, is optimistic of the prospects of returning Mexico to the F1 calendar for the first time since 1992.

“The bond [with F1] is very strong and there could be a good future ahead,” Domit told the FIA’s magazine Auto. “People here are very close to motor sport because of the two Mexican drivers.”

McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez got their F1 breaks thanks to Domit’s Escuderia Telmex programme.

“I believe it is the right choice to have more races in the Americas,” he added. “Races in Europe are difficult to see in America because they are either at three o’clock in the morning or seven o’clock in the morning on a Sunday. But the timing of races in America is perfect for Europe.”

“I believe there is potential to do more races in the Americas and I believe that Mexico is the right spot to do it. It’s a stable country by and large, our economy is doing quite well and we have drivers people can identify with them.

“All of the pieces are coming together and I believe the potential promoters are doing a good job in trying to secure something.”

Tavo Hellmund, who conceived the idea for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, is among those working on the project, along with Alejandro Soberon of major international entertainment company CIE.

Perez added he is “involved” in the plans for the race, saying: “I think the chances of a new grand prix are very high.” Over 150,000 people turned out to see him perform a demonstration run in Guadalajara in 2011.

Bernie Ecclestone said in February Mexico could hold a round of the world championship next year.

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