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GP Week : Issue 207
F1 >>> news Mexico will return to the Formula 1 Grand Prix calendar next year after an absence of 23 years. The race will take place at un updated 4.2km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City track, and is expected to be held back-to-back with the US race in Austin, Texas. Bernie Ecclestone sent a message to the event’s launch last week, saying he was delighted the country was getting F1 back. “I feel it is the right time for F1 and Mexico and I’m sure it will be to the benefit of both for many years,” he explained. “I look for ward to welcoming you all to this global event next year.” Mexico hosted a GP between 1962 and 1970, the final race of that sequence ‘highlighted’ by much of the crowd of 200,000 standing by the side of the track, and Jackie Stewart retiring from the race after hitting a dog. The race returned in 1986 and was a regular part of the calendar until 1992. mexico confirmed for 2015 ... The next new venues on the Formula 1 calendar appear to be a new country to the sport, Azerbaijan and the long- rumoured race in New Jersey. Bernie Ecclestone has told Forbes that he expects those two venues to be the next to host GPs. “Baku is for 2016,” Ecclestone said. It is believed that the event would carry the Grand Prix of Europe title, which is a little unusual. The country sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, on the Caspian Sea, and while many of its cultural mores are developed from those of Asia the country does, for instance, participate in the Eurovision Song Contest... Following the race in the capital, Ecclestone hinted that the next new event could be the twice-delayed race at Port Imperial on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. “Somebody said to me the other day that New Jersey seem to have got their act together now and that they have got the money and are all in good shape,” he said. “Whether or not that is true I don’t know. The soonest it could come on the calendar is 2016.” ... and next stops Azerbaijan and 'noo Joisy' In his championship year, Nigel Mansell won when F1 last visited Mexico, in 1992. 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: