Ecclestone: Mexico a possibility for 2014 calendar

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Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there is a possibility that Mexico City could host a grand prix next season, as well as expressing his desire for the race in New Jersey to go ahead.

Speaking to NBC Sports’ Will Buxton on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix, Ecclestone spoke about the issues surrounding the Grand Prix of America that is planned next season in New Jersey.

“They’ve got a contract which I hope they respect,” Ecclestone said. Reports broke earlier this week suggesting that the race would be cancelled for next season, but the President and CEO of FOM admitted nothing was confirmed.

“We’re waiting to see whether they respect the contract before we put it on or off.”

However, when asked if a race could go ahead in Mexico (Buxton confirmed to MotorSportsTalk in Belgium that they were talking about Mexico City, not New Mexico as stated in the video), Ecclestone acted coy.

“Could be. Everything is possible with me, you know that.”

Mexico last hosted a grand prix in 1992, but with two Mexican drivers now on the grid and Carlos Slim becoming increasingly influential in Formula One, the push to take a grand prix back to Mexico City could be enough to see it join the 2014 calendar.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.