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The podium at the last Mexican Grand Prix, back in 1992.
The Mexican Grand Prix will return to the F1 calendar in 2015, marking the end of a 23-year absence.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Bernie Ecclestone said (h/t NBC):
I’m happy to announce we’ve concluded an agreement to have a race in 2015. 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.
The venue will be the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The circuit is being renovated by (who else) Hermann Tilke, and the organisers released a video showing the planned alterations. As expected, Peraltada is the most notable casualty.
Instead of tackling the fearsome final corner, the drivers will thread their way through a fiddly section inside a baseball stadium.
Responding to news of the race, Sergio Perez told the official FIA pre-race press conference:
It's great, I'm so happy. Since I left my home at 13, 14 years I never raced in Mexico. I never raced in my home country. Now to go back after so many years and race actually in Formula One is great. They've been really pushing for so many years, since I came to Formula One four years ago. The spirit of the fans is massive back home. It's great for my country, for all the fans back home and I'm sure you all will be surprised at how good the event will be. I'm just very proud and excited.
Countryman Esteban Gutierrez added:
I have good feelings about it, because all these years that Mexico has been involved in Formula One with obviously first Checo getting to Formula One and now myself, we are two in Formula One and I think this is a great step to have a grand prix. It's really a dream come true for many of us. I had the chance to race once in Mexico City, back in 2008, when we did the world finals of Formula BMW. It was a great experience. I think it was an introduction to what it can be, obviously very, very small by comparison but now we will be able to going into the biggest thing in Mexico and to really share with our fans, with our supporters, to share with them physically the sport.
If they're still in F1 next year, Perez and Gutierrez will become the first Mexicans to drive in their home grand prix since Pedro Rodriguez in 1970. Pedro and his brother Ricardo are the hermanos (brothers) after whom the circuit is named.
Both were highly talented drivers who lost their lives on the race track—Ricardo at just 20, Pedro at 31.