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Mexico returns to F1 calendar in 2015

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22/07/2014

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that Mexico will return to the F1 calendar in 2015.

The event, which will be held at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, will be officially confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Bernie Ecclestone first revealed the plan to bring F1 back to Mexico City in February last year in an interview with American motoring magazine Autoweek. It was subsequently confirmed by sources to Pitpass and has now become reality.

Confirming the news tonight, Ecclestone told Forbes, "we have got Mexico past the post."

The event's return has been driven by Tavo Hellmund, the driving force behind the return of the United States Grand Prix to the calendar and the construction of the highly-rated Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Also pushing hard for the event's return has been Alejandro Soberon, chief executive of Latin American entertainment giant Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE), Carlos Slim Domit, George Gonzalez chief executive of CIE subsidiary Ocesa and Federico Alaman, president of motorsports for Ocesa.

Assuming the 19 events that comprise the 2014 calendar remain, Mexico's inclusion will take the 2015 calendar up to 20.

It is estimated that the annual hosting fee will be $30m, however Carlos Slim Domit, son of the world’s richest man Carlos Slim, has previously made it clear that he will not be bankrolling the event.

Interest in F1 in Mexico, which last hosted a race in 1992, has been revived by Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez, whose careers have largely been supported by Slim as they rose through the ranks.

Chris Balfe

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1. Posted by White Lightning, 23/07/2014 12:38

"And they're doing away with the Peraltada. So who really cares?"

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2. Posted by White Lightning, 22/07/2014 20:48

"Well Gutierrez will be out of F1 by Bonfire Night 2015 at the very latest and Sergio will rattle around the midfield for a couple of years before heading off to IndyCar having, very sadly (and I mean that sincerely, since I was a big believer in him) blown his shot at the big time. I give it 4 years."

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