Mexico targets 2014 grand prix date


Mexico is planning to be on next year’s grand prix calendar, after what by then will have been a 22 year absence.

Jose Abed, Mexico’s representative at Formula One’s governing FIA, has been quoted as saying that the venue for the 2014 race will be the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, in Mexico City.

The track last hosted F1 in 1992, but Bernie Ecclestone has said it is not suitable for modern grands prix unless a major upgrade is done.

Abed is quoted by AS newspaper: “We have plans ready to improve [the circuit] and, after they finish the adjustments, we return to F1 in 2014.”

He said that the upgrade will cost $20 million, and the annual race sanctioning fee about $30 million.

McLaren’s Sergio Perez, and Sauber newcomer Esteban Gutierrez, would both then have a home race to look forward to. (GMM)

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