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.