It’s the sort of news that organisers of the German Grand Prix could only dream of: this year’s Mexican Grand Prix is completely sold out more than six months ahead the country’s long overdue return to the Formula 1 calendar.

While a number of other races held – or to be held, such as next month’s Austrian Grand Prix – have struggled to fill the grandstands, this year’s event in Mexico sold out “within hours”, according to a senior official.

Granted, it has been 23 years since the country last held a Formula 1 race, with the sport to return to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, which will feature major paddock and fan facility upgrades and a significantly revised track layout.

“We have all the tools in place to have a successful event,” the event’s marketing director, Rodrigo Sanchez, told the Sportbusiness Journal.

“[Mexico has] had a couple drivers in the series for a few years now, which has helped to bring a lot of momentum, and the people are excited about the sport,” he added.

While the grandstand seats have all been sold, the capital works to the circuit – being overseen by circuit designer Hermann Tilke’s company – will “continue through the summer” in readiness for the Grand Prix, which takes place on November 1.

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