“All the pieces are coming together” for Mexican Grand Prix

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Mexican FIA Senate member Carlos Slim Helu believes “all of the pieces are coming together” for Mexico to hold a round of the world championship as early as next year.

Tavo Hellmund, who was behind the plan to build the Circuit of the Americas, is involved in the plan to bring F1 back to Mexico. The last Mexican Grand Prix took place in 1992 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

“I believe it is the right choice to have more races in the Americas,” Slim told the FIA’s Auto magazine. “Races in Europe are difficult to see in America because they are either at three o’clock in the morning or seven o’clock in the morning on a Sunday. But the timing of races in America is perfect for Europe.”

“I believe there is potential to do more races in the Americas and I believe that Mexico is the right spot to do it. It’s a stable country by and large, our economy is doing quite well and we have drivers people can identify with them.

“All of the pieces are coming together and I believe the potential promoters are doing a good job in trying to secure something.”

Slim’s father Carlos Slim Helu is reputed to be the richest man in the world. His Telmex telecommunications company supports the Escuderia Telmex which helped Sergio Perez (pictured) and Esteban Gutierrez reach Formula One.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.