Five-year Mexican Grand Prix deal signed – report

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Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 1992Formula One will return to Mexico next year at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, according to reports in Mexico.

The local Reforma newspaper claims Bernie Ecclestone has signed a five-year deal for F1 to return to the track from 2015.

F1 last raced in Mexico between 1986 and 1992 (pictured) at the parkland circuit in Mexico City. Prior to that the Mexican Grand Prix was part of the championship calendar between 1963 and 1970.

The race is expected to be held late in the season, either before or after the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Upgrades to the circuit and its infrastructure will be needed before the race can go ahead. FIA track inspector Charlie Whiting has visited the track in recent years.

Mexican promotions company OCESA is behind the move to bring F1 back to a country which currently has two drivers in the field – Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez. Both were helped on their way to F1 by Escuderia Telmex, which is part of the Mexican telecommunications giant.

In 2011 Sergio Perez drove an F1 car at a street demonstration in Guadalajara which attracted over 150,000 people.

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85 comments on Five-year Mexican Grand Prix deal signed – report

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  1. xivizmath (@xivizmath) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:07

    Neat.

    That is, unless Tilke straight-and-hairpins the hell out of this fantastic venue.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:10

      They should get the guys who did the Silverstone Arena changes

      • machinesteve said on 22nd July 2014, 17:03

        No they shouldn’t….the new pits is an architectural and sporting abomination. Who gives a damn about the poor peasants who pay to watch and then builds a buried pitlane that is invisible and miles away from the very same spectators…I mean I ask you.

      • Jules Winfield (@jules-winfield) said on 22nd July 2014, 18:46

        The new Silverstone layout is appalling. I’d rather have Herman Tilke.

      • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 22nd July 2014, 23:20

        I absolutely agree.

        They restored Abbey to a fast flick.
        They made Brooklands a neat, tight and tricky decreasing radius corner.
        Last, but not least, they made more overtaking spots from four and a half new or redesigned corners than there already was on the other parts or the layout – and they achieved this without a mile-length straight, just by using clever ideas (like building in a flat-out kink before any kind of straight with any kind of a medium-to-low speed next corner on its other end, á lá Eau Rouge-Kemmel, which best facilitates overtaking on the whole calendar).

        I think they are called Populous or something.

        But I don’t pin high hopes on this, I think Tilke will mess up the Hermanos Rodriguez big time.

      • Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 23rd July 2014, 2:18

        @raceprouk Taking out the bridge of the layout was bad enough, to take also the opportunity of other race classes to use the bridge was an abomination, the new Silverstone is the worse version ever of their layout thankfully though the races have been great there.

  2. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:14

    Bueno.

  3. I think the turn out will be good. Perez always gets a lot of support at COTA.

  4. Jack said on 22nd July 2014, 16:20

    Wonderful news, its nice to see Bernie finally bringing back old circuits instead of builidng new ones in countries that dont have any interest in F1. He just needs to stop threatening to drop the good tracks like Monza and bring back Turkey

    • BJ (@beejis60) said on 22nd July 2014, 17:30

      Wasn’t the problem with Turkey the attendance?

      • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 22nd July 2014, 17:33

        Promotion more like… Bernie owns Istanbul Park for FOM, and doesn’t really do promotion, as we know. If only that track was still used…. which boring venue’s track should it replace? :P

        • rsp123 (@rsp123) said on 22nd July 2014, 21:08

          It seems the Germans have lost interest in F1, so perhaps Austria is the right replacement for the German GP?

          Now the cars are quieter, perhaps Brands Hatch might be in with a shout again. Wasn’t noise the big problem there?

          I’m amazed France has abandoned F1 – there seems to be no prospect of a French F1 race at all, even though two venues, at least could put one on.

          And then there is the Monza question. I don’t suppose Ferrari will tolerate the idea of F1 without an Italian GP for a second, but the venue might move. At least Italy has a number of superb circuits – Imola anyone?

          I can’t see the Russian GP lasting more than a couple of years – if it even goes ahead this year. China is always poorly attended. I don’t know why the Chinese government coughs up so much money to host a GP.

          Bahrain is such a boring circuit, and it seems almost everyone connected with F1 would rather not go (because of the political troubles) but dare not say so.

          So three cheers for Mexico. Argentina should be next.

          • Kris said on 23rd July 2014, 8:43

            There’s that, but there’s also the fact that the lap is too short for an F1 car.

          • mfreire said on 23rd July 2014, 15:24

            Brands Hatch is too fast for its small size to host an F1 race.

  5. mantresx (@mantresx) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:25

    Nice! Count me in already.

  6. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:30

    Won’t be entirely happy until we know which circuit, if any, is going to dropped to make way for it…

    • Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:49

      I hope it’s the Yas Marina circuit that gets dropped because it’s a typical Tilke style track. It’s just straight, slow chicane, straight, slow chicane and no exciting fast 5th gear corners or esses like this Mexican track has!

    • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 22nd July 2014, 17:34

      They’ll probably just add it in and make a round 20 GPs per season.

      • David said on 22nd July 2014, 19:41

        There are actually 23 GPs on the tentative schedule. Don’t forget New Jersey and Baku. India is also set for a comeback.
        Lots of shuffling to do. You could even say “everybodys shuffle-n'”

  7. Valhyre (@ausuma) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:30

    Ho-ly freaking cow.
    Yes finally!! F1 to Mexico!!!
    I’m going for sure.

  8. Rooney (@rojov123) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:33

    I guess that brings any chance of a return of Indian GP to a close.

  9. SuperIU said on 22nd July 2014, 16:33

    If that is confirmed, the big chnge the track needed is the “curva peraltada” and the adequation of the stands… The curve has been modified for Indy Car races late in the 90’s to enters to the “Foro Sol” cutting the curve in half… an stupid change that the FIA will not allow in a F1 race.

    I was at the last race in 1992 and can’t wait to be there again. It will be amaizing to have a F1 race in México again.

    • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 22nd July 2014, 17:35

      If only they could use SAFER barriers, and bring back the old hairpin with the same, to create a longer lap, overtaking area, and add more to the ‘street circuit’ feel…

      • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 22nd July 2014, 17:56

        They wouldn’t run the full peraltada even if they had safer barriers because of how narrow & blind that corner now is on top of how fast it is.

        If a car goes off there they will likely bounce back onto the track & that would leave nowhere for cars behind to go & because the corners so fast & pretty blind cars behind won’t have time or room to react.

        If they still had some runoff or if the inside was open to give some visibility I could see them looking at running through it, But with it as it now is with Concrete walls inside & outside & the track been narrower than it used to be, There’s no chance they would even consider it.

        They will run through the stadium as Champcar did up until 2006. The additional bonus is that the stadium allows for more spectators.

        • SuperIU said on 22nd July 2014, 18:29

          The problem of running though the stadium is that the previous corner cuto the top speed and reduces the chances of overtaking in the straigth. It’s a 90° corner and the exit is so slow that also is would be very hard to try a overpass in the main staright of pitlane.
          I agree that the peraltada is dangerous, but that’s the challenge of the new design to make it safer, even more slower, but not with the Champcar trace in the stadium.

          • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 22nd July 2014, 20:34

            Problem is that there isn’t much that can be done to make it safer because of whats around the circuit now.

            The stadium is on the inside so you can’t move the corner inwards to create more runoff or at least make it less blind & more open.

            But you can also not extend the runoff on the outside because there are roads & a car part for an indoor arena behind the peraltada wall with residential houses just down the road.

            Thats actually a problem in general around the autódromo hermanos rodríguez, There are residential streets/houses pretty much all around it so doing anything to extend the runoffs or build new sections has to be done on the infield.
            But even that is a bit of a problem as there are local community facilities all over the infield which they would need local residential support in order to alter.

            Here is a current satellite image-
            https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@19.4023939,-99.0889001,2213m/data=!3m1!1e3

            When the first discussions of F1 going to Mexico came up last year this layout surfaced from one of the circuit owners which seems to show them using the stadium layout-
            http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BZG3ma59pKs/UlSkY5n6YKI/AAAAAAAAAlY/NzAsO7ePOa4/s1600/811107886.jpg

          • Luis said on 23rd July 2014, 15:52

            I heard that they may get rid of the stadium for good. If that is the case the cut move the peraltada turn inwards and create enough run off area to keep it fast!!! imagine how that would look. =D

          • SuperIU said on 23rd July 2014, 21:39

            I live in Mexico City and I visit the area many times. The community facilities can be easily relocated somewhere else in the area improving the run-offs. The main problem still is the stadium. Maybe with a small chicane before the peraltada would work

          • http://youtu.be/IurJ28NMdcg

            Video proyect, exciting! but no more peraltada

  10. YES! Finally I’ll be able to attend a GP again! Last time was in the mid 90s, at the same circuit :)
    Please let Tilke stay away from Peraltada!

    • ferrox.glideh said on 22nd July 2014, 17:08

      I would love to see a return to this track, but how can the Peraltada corner be made safe enough for modern standards with the major roadway just behind it? It reminds me of the issue of Tamborello at Imola- there is not enough room for a serious runoff space on such a high speed corner. The Peraltada is truly epic, so I hope for a solution too.

  11. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:37

    This is the kind of track that F1 needs at the moment, it seems that Bernie’s flirt with the middle of nowhere tracks with long straights and boring sequences of 90° corners is coming to an end(or forced to do so). Reminds a little bit of Monza. Congratulations to Mexico !!! I just hope other countries who have a history in motorsport will enter the calendar and replace some Tilkedromes. Portugal is not a bad idea at all with Estoril or Portimao which i consider personally as one the most beautiful European circuits.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 22nd July 2014, 21:00

      @tifoso1989 Estoril is ruined. The current layout is worse than a Tilkedrome. It has no redeeming features. Portimao: yes, please!

      • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 22nd July 2014, 21:58

        Portimao would be fun with all those elevation changes.
        At the moment, I think it’s rated as a ‘Class 2′ track by the FIA. Does anyone know what would have to be done to make it a Class 1?

    • Richard Edmunds said on 23rd July 2014, 20:23

      Well don’t speak too soon, I read in a Mexican news website that although the circuit is confirmed, Charlie has visited and inspected the track himself and has ordered a list of things to be done to the track for this day and age F1 safety and regulations. Also the mexican events manager OCESA have contracted…… wait for it………. TILKE to do these changes and also maybe “upgrade” the track layout. So I wouldn’t expect the track to remain the same for the actual race, we’ll just have to wait and see and hope it doesnt become another Tilkedrome as you mention.

  12. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:40

    Good news. Always nice to see F1 go to venues where there is some form of local fanbase. I remember a Champ Car race a few years back attracted a weekend crowd of over 300,000, which would be a refreshing turnaround after a few pathetic turnouts at F1 races this year.

    Also, from my European perspective, it means another race at dinner time, which is always nice.

  13. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 22nd July 2014, 16:44

    Good move! Looks like a classic masterpiece to drive already!

  14. machinesteve said on 22nd July 2014, 17:04

    Make the place hot and intense and full of Mexican fire and soul…..please.

  15. Abel Archundia (@aquataz68) said on 22nd July 2014, 17:10

    viva mexico !!! i am over the moon. The people behind this investment are serious and this should be a good show, a good sports venture, and will surely fire up the mexican F1 crowd. The atmosphere should make it a classic , let alone the track design. Can’t wait !

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