Bernie Ecclestone confirms Mexican GP for 2015

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Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that Formula 1 will be heading back to Mexico next year after a 23-year absence.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City will play host to the race, and is likely to take place towards the end of the season.

Ecclestone has been pushing to take the sport back to Mexico for some time, with a race originally planned to take place this year before it was cut along with New Jersey. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, he made his excitement about the event clear.

“I’m happy to announce we’ve concluded an agreement to have a race in 2015,” Ecclestone said. “Don’t miss this race!

“I feel it is the right for F1 and for 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 has recently enjoyed a revival in Formula 1, with drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez currently representing the nation on the grid. Following the return of the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, there have been a number of Mexican fans making their way to the Circuit of the Americas for the race.

Former Austin promoter Tavo Hellmund is also involved in the project, and was delighted that negotiations had come to a positive conclusion.

“Ever since Bernie and I began working on a race at Austin, it’s been a dream of mine to help Formula 1 return to Mexico,” he said.

“This announcement has therefore been years in the making, but we’ve gradually been able to assemble all the right pieces. I’m absolutely delighted.”

Although more development work is needed at the circuit, it all looks to be going ahead as planned next year. As F1’s global expansion continues, it is nice to see a classic circuit with a hardcore fanbase return to the fray.

That said, it is unclear whether the proposed Grand Prix of America in New Jersey will be taking place next year, with the last news coming in March when Ecclestone said that it was still viable.

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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