Mexico will make its long-awaited return to the Formula 1 calendar next year, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed.
Local entertainment company CIE has filed papers with Mexico’s stock exchange confirming that – subject to a few last rubber-stamping steps – it has secured a five-year contract to be on the Grand Prix schedule at Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, which CIE operates.
With none of the current 19 races on the schedule likely to be dropped next year, Mexico will increase the 2015 calendar to at least 20 races.
The circuit has hosted a total of fifteen Formula 1 races between 1963-1970 and 1986-1992, subsequently hosting a number of other racing championships. The circuit was set to return to hosting duties in 2014 and it was initially included on a 21-race provisional calendar before it and the chaotic New Jersey GP project were removed in a later edit.
The circuit was notorious for its bumpy surface, and the venue will require a substantial public works to get it up to the standard of the venues currently on the calendar.
A layout change is also quite likely, with the fearsome banked final corner, Peraltada, set to be reprofiled to slow the cars down.
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