Room for yet another F1 race within the Americas, says Mexican GP promoter

Final weekend’s race on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico Metropolis attracted a sell-out crowd of 397,000 followers over three days, as soon as once more making it one of many best-attended races of the season.

The continued sturdy fan presence in Mexico comes amid F1’s present growth within the neighbouring United States, which is able to host three races subsequent yr in Miami, Austin and Las Vegas. With grands prix additionally going down in Canada and Brazil, there will probably be six races within the Americas in 2023.

However amid continued curiosity from international locations in internet hosting a grand prix sooner or later, Alejandro Soberon, the chief government of CIE that promotes the race in Mexico, felt there could be scope so as to add one other occasion within the Americas.

“We love competitors, it’s good, as a result of it retains you in form and alert,” stated Soberon.

“Three races within the States, earlier than, it was unthinkable. At present it even appears cheap.

“I believe Miami goes to be a really massive success. You noticed the attendance in Austin. It’s significantly better than different years, it’s a stronger race. And all of the presales in Vegas are via the roof. So I believe that’s good for the area, for the timezone, that is superb.

“So with Canada, three races [in the United States], Mexico, and Brazil, the query is that if there room for one more one? My private perception is there’s room for one more one.

“Nevertheless it doesn’t should go in opposition to one other race in the identical timezone. It might probably go in opposition to one other timezone. So who’s going to be in danger, how aggressive is that provide? It’s going to be very attention-grabbing.”

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, waves to the crowd on the drivers' parade

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, waves to the gang on the drivers’ parade

Photograph by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Photos

Mexico introduced on Thursday that it had signed a brand new three-year contract, making certain F1 will proceed to go to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez till a minimum of 2025. 

However Soberon defined that come the subsequent renewal, there could possibly be a brand new authorities and metropolis mayor in place following the elections in 2024.

Mexico initially returned to the calendar in 2015 with a deal that was funded by the federal authorities, however a change within the authorities meant the Mexico Metropolis mayor and her administration took over securing the funding for the race for the present deal and the renewal.

Soberon felt assured the grand prix would proceed to get nationwide assist whatever the ruling our bodies, believing everybody within the nation was “very proud in regards to the race.”

“They love Checo [Perez], what he’s reaching,” stated Soberon. “It’s a terrific present and a terrific window to current Mexico in a superb trend to the world.

“At present, there are increasingly more cities inquisitive about getting a slot on the calendar. I believe that principally signifies that all people wants to maneuver quicker, attempting to make the alliance of curiosity to make it occur, as a result of I believe Formulation 1 is in a terrific place at this time.”

F1 will maintain a record-breaking 24-race season in 2023, reaching the restrict set out by the Concorde Settlement after including a brand new occasion in Las Vegas, in addition to bringing China and Qatar again to the schedule.

Sequence bosses are recognized to be exploring calendar rotation as a possible means to make sure extra markets, notably these in Europe, can maintain occasions each different yr.

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Requested about the opportunity of Mexico rotating sooner or later if required, Soberon stated: “When you have got yearly offered out, and yearly you promote it quicker than the yr earlier than, it’s one thing as a promoter you do not need to take into account.

“Why ought to I’ve each different yr a race after I can have one yearly? I’m very aggressive, I ship good {dollars} to Formulation 1, and it’s a terrific market, the Mexican market has lots to do with the success within the States. The Hispanic inhabitants may be very keen on races there.

“However you understand, for some international locations, that can’t handle to have the precise funding, actually it’s going to be an choice to do.

“I’d reasonably to have a race each different yr than don’t have any race in any respect.”

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