Mexico is poised to make a surprise return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, after high-level sources revealed at the Belgian GP that it is to be awarded a provisional slot in next year’s schedule.
Although teams have not yet been given a draft calendar, Formula 1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone is intending to pencil in a race in Mexico City. Sources suggest that the race, which is likely to take place as a back-to-back with Circuit of The Americas, is most likely to be given a provisional slot pending the completion of a commercial contract and work on the Mexico City track.
With recent plans for a race in Cancun having been dropped, Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Domit has been working hard on the Mexico City plan. Sources with good knowledge of the situation are adamant that the Mexico City track, which last hosted a race in 1992 (ABOVE), can be readied in time for a return in 2014.
Speaking earlier this year, Slim said that Mexico was closing in on an F1 return.
“I believe there is potential to do more races in the Americas and I believe that Mexico is in the right spot to do it,” said Slim in an interview with AUTO, the journal of the FIA. “It’s a stable country by and large, our economy is doing quite well and we have drivers people can identify with.
“All of the pieces are coming together and I believe the potential promoters are doing a good job in trying to secure something.”
Mexico’s addition to the calendar comes with Austria also returning, and Russia hosting its first race. India will be dropped, while there are also ongoing doubts about Korea and New Jersey.