2016 Mexican Grand Prix

Mexico set for new grand prix race deal

2016 Mexican Grand Prix

The Mexican Grand Prix could be set to escape Liberty Media’s race axe with a new deal reportedly on the table for organisers to sign.

The Formula 1 owner wants to keep the 2020 calendar at 21 races, even though new venues Zandvoort and Vietnam will be added to the schedule.

So with Silverstone getting a new contract and Monza set to follow, it could mean that Barcelona and Hockenheim are most likely to be ousted from the calendar.

Mexico, also with an expiring deal, is tipped to stay according to Auto Motor und Sport who report that a “handshake agreement” with Mexican organisers has been reached.

Asked if he has news about his home race, Mexican driver Sergio Perez said: “Not yet. I heard something recently but so far nothing has been confirmed.”

Meanwhile, the 20th running of the Mexican Grand Prix takes place at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on 25-27 October. The country having first hosted F1 in 1963 and thereafter sporadically through the seventies, eighties and nineties.

In 1992 the venue hosted a final race before a long absence, returning to the calendar in 2015 at the revamped circuit named after the country’s great racing brothers who both perished while racing.

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