Grand Prix to return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2015
Originally intended to be part of this season’s Formula One circus, it has now been announced that for the next five years at least there will once again be a grand prix in Mexico, a full 23 years since the last.
A notoriously bumpy circuit, it is understood that the organisers weren’t able to resurface it in time to be included in this year’s calendar. Along with the resurfacing work, renovations will also be carried out on the pit lane complex and spectator areas to bring the facility in line with current FIA regulations.
With Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez currently driving for Force India and Sauber respectively, crowds of 180,000 over the three days are hoped-for, and with both drivers backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim you wouldn’t bet against both retaining their seats for next season. The popular guess seems to be that the Mexican Grand Prix will take place after the US Grand Prix in Texas.
The re-introduction of Mexico will see the number of grands prix next season to rise to 20, although it is also understood that an agreement with Baku in Azerbaijan is close to being completed which could see F1 take place on the streets of the capital. Will it be added to the schedule at the expense of another European favourite, or would the teams all agree to raise the number of races to 21?