Mexico City last held a Formula 1 race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 1992, and it is a fantastic venue. But organisers will be in a race against time to get the dishevelled old circuit up to modern-day standards in time for the November 9 slot.
It shouldn’t be a problem as the project is backed by entertainment giants CIA and Tavo Hellmund but the slot will be a worry to the Austin GP organisers, who could now lose all of the fans who travelled to the U.S. event from Mexico. Around 50,000 made the trip across the border for last year’s event, but, with the Mexico race scheduled for a week before, it’s unlikely to happen again.
One big draw for home fans will be McLaren driver Sergio Perez, who told the Daily Star that the race will be huge for the sport:
I’m very excited. It’s not confirmed yet, it’s just a pre-calendar but I feel there are very big chances now of this happening. It will be great for my country, great for the sport. Formula One will be amazed how popular this Grand Prix can become. ... It will be huge for Formula One as a sport to go there.
Verdict: It should be a huge hit.