Official: Mexico confirmed for 2015 season

Official: Mexico confirmed for 2015 season

23 July 2014 – During a press conference in the country on Wednesday, organisers of a new race officially announced that Mexico will return to the Formula 1 calendar from the 2015 season on a five-year agreement.

A return to Mexico, which will end a 23-year absence, has been discussed for some time, with a race even included on the provisional calendar for 2014, only to be axed when the final roster was published.

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had all but confirmed that the event would be making a comeback on Tuesday, when he informed American business magazine Forbes that "we have got Mexico past the post".

The Grand Prix, being supported by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Domit and Circuit of The Americas mastermind Tavo Hellmund, will be staged at the 4.421-km (2.747-mi) Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

The Mexico City-based venue, which organisers have confirmed will undergo major upgrades to the pit lane, paddock and spectator areas, previously hosted the top echelon between 1963-70 and 1986-92.

"It is a fact. Start your engines, F1 will return to Mexico next year. This is Mexico's time," said Alejandro Soberon, President of live events company CIE, during a press conference at the Banamex Centre in Mexico City.

Ecclestone did not attend the conference but sent a message to congratulate the country: "I am pleased to confirm that Formula 1 will be back in Mexico City in 2015. I feel it is the right for F1 for and Mexico and I'm sure it will be to the benefit of both for many years. I look forward to welcoming you all to this global event next year."

Mexico is likely to run as a back-to-back event with Austin, although a date has not yet been announced.

Two Mexicans currently race in Formula 1: Force India driver Sergio Pérez and Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez.

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