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.

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

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Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018