Reports in the Spanish press are claiming that a deal for Mexico to return to the Grand Prix calendar next year is all but signed.
The Marca newspaper reports that the deal will see F1 return to race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, which has hosted all of the Mexican Grands Prix, the last of which occurred in 1992 (pictured above).
It is believed that the deal would see Mexico assume the calendar slot held by the European Grand Prix at Valencia, which itself is set to amend its ongoing deal on the F1 calendar to alternate with the traditional Spanish Grand Prix venue at the Circuit de Catalunya. It is understood that a five-year deal has been agreed to.
A return to Mexico would give Formula 1 another foothold in the ‘Americas’ market, with the sport set to add two races in the United States alongside the established venues in Canada and Brazil. We had also reported news that a F1-spec street circuit on the Argentina coastline was under scope for a berth on the 2013 calendar.
The deal – should it eventuate – will no doubt be as a result of the high profile enjoyed by Sauber driver Sergio Pérez, who claimed his maiden podium finish earlier this year at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Guadalajara-born driver enjoys the backing of major sponsors from his homeland, including Telmex, Interproteccion, Tequila Cuervo and Mexico’s tourism board. Representatives form the organisations have been vocal in supporting Formula 1’s impending return to Mexico.
One issue faced by the little-used Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is its current condition, with the track requiring major resurfacing work along with a host of upgrades to improve its pit and spectator facilities.
“Refurbishment work on the circuit should begin as soon as the elections happen (in July),” the report reads. “Everything should be ready for the race mid next year.”