Whiting inspects Mexican F1 circuit
12 September 2013 – Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on Wednesday in preparation for the proposed return of the Mexican Grand Prix.
The venue, which hosted the sport from 1963-1970 and 1986-1992, was included on the draft provisional 2014 calendar handed to team bosses before the Italian Grand Prix, although its place is subject to circuit and contractual obligations being met.
Whiting was accompanied on his tour by Federico Alamán, Director of event group OCESA, Tavo Hellmund, who joined the project after his involvement at the Circuit of The Americas, and FIA Vice President Jorge Abed, who is a regular race steward.
Johannes Hogrebe, a leading representative of Herman Tilke's renowned racetrack design company, was also in attendance to assess the level of changes required.
It is well known that the circuit and its subsidiary buildings must undergo significant upgrades before governing body the FIA's Grade 1 licence is potentially granted, with the defunct Champ Car series the last to stage an event at the venue a decade ago.
The returning Grand Prix is scheduled to run on the weekend of November 7-9.