Mexico could join Austria in making a surprise return to the 2014 Formula 1 calendar, with rumours suggesting that a deal to bring the event back is on the verge of being signed by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
It is understood that a Mexican Grand Prix will be staged as a back-to-back event with the United States Grand Prix just over the border.
The finalisation of the deal contingent on both proper commercial funding of the event and the completion of work on Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, which last played host to Formula 1 in 1992.
Event organisers have one very important figure in their camp, in the form of the man who fronted the United States Grand Prix’s return, Tavo Hellmund, who has joined Mexican businessman Alejandro Soberon and Carlos Slim Domit, the son of the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, whose companies have helped bankroll the motorsport careers of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.
The country’s rumoured return to the F1 calendar comes in the wake of Austria’s return and Russia’s debut on the 2014 Grand Prix stage, while next year’s Indian Grand Prix has already been shelved. It’s also widely expected that the planned races in New Jersey and Korea will be dumped to make way for the extra races, in order to contact the 2014 season to 20 Grands Prix.