Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Mexico will return to the Formula One calender next year. According to media reports, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has signed a five-year contract for Mexican Grand Prix to return to the 2015 F1 calender. The details of the deal are expected to be announced on Thursday.
The Latin American country last hosted a Grand Prix in 1992 when Williams` Nigel Mansell won the race ahead of team-mate Riccardo Patrese and Benetton driver Michael Schumacher. It was Schumi`s first podium finish before embarking on an unrivalled career.
With the backing of Carlos Slim Domit, the son to the world`s richest person Carlos Slim, Mexico got the extra impetus in their bid to stage the premier motor-sports event on their soil. Besides, Mexico has got two drivers in the field – Sergio Perez with Sahara Force India and Esteban Gutierrez with Sauber.
In their formative years, both the drivers were helped by Escuderia Telmex, owned by Domit`s father Carlos Slim. There is no doubting the interest of the Slim family in the sport. With high stakes involved in F1, the arrival of world`s richest person is all but a formality. In fact, Domit sits on the Senate, FIA`s decision-making body.
With the possible addition of Mexican GP, F1 calender will have 20 races as compared to the current 19 races.
With Agency inputs