F1 Race of the Year again - Why does Mexican GP succeed where others fail?
For the third consecutive year, the Mexican Grand Prix and promoter CIE has won “Promoter of the Year” in the FIA’s end-of-season Prize Givin...
For the third consecutive year, the Mexican Grand Prix and promoter CIE has won “Promoter of the Year” in the FIA’s end-of-season Prize Giving Gala, the first time that an event has won the award three years in a row.
Since rejoining Formula 1 as a venue in 2015 after a 23 year hiatus, the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has added plenty of colour to the F1 calendar - in particular, the stadium section at the latter end of the course adds a unique atmosphere.
The home fans have also proven to be passionate followers of F1, especially with local favourites Sergio Perez and ex-Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez to cheer for in recent years. CIE’s president and CEO Alejandro Soberon Kuri credited the fans with making the Mexican Grand Prix a success.
“It is with great satisfaction we share this historic award with each and every one of the fans who have helped us become, yet again, the best F1ESTA in the world,” said Soberon.
“Undoubtedly, the most valuable assets that we have as organisers of the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico are the Mexican fans. Their passion has dominated motorsport enthusiasts all over the world and has made everyone in F1 fall in love with Mexico.”
“Our fantastic Mexican supporters have proven to be unparalleled: they are warm, diverse and excellent hosts, always welcoming guests with open arms. Highlighted through their energy, they have opened their hearts and souls to the Formula 1 fraternity and drivers.”
In preparation for the Mexican Grand Prix’s reinstatement to the calendar, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit was renovated in preparation, and the construction works and subsequent maintenance of the circuit – along with the circuit’s management and organisation – has created over 22,000 jobs.
The award takes into account the quality of a grand prix’s organisation and circuit – in addition to the atmosphere generated by fans – and Mexico continued to impress the FIA’s judges.
The 2017 edition of the grand prix also welcomed over 337,000 fans to the Mexico City venue throughout the weekend, the second highest attendance figures of the year behind the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
This year’s Mexican Grand Prix was held in difficult circumstances, following the September earthquakes which took place in the state of Puebla. In conjunction with F1, CIE announced that it would donate 600 temporary classrooms to allow any affected children in the country to continue their education.
Although each grand prix can be viewed as a celebration of F1 and top-level motorsport, Mexico’s organisers wished to promote a message of unity within the country.
“After the past earthquakes and their consequences in our country, this year’s race got a special meaning”, said Soberon.
“It is an honor to announce that, thanks to the race held in our country, Mexico surprised the world again, not only for having organized such a top class event, but also by proving that Mexican people’s unity and solidarity are the main engine to put the country back on its feet little by little, only less than two months away from the latest earthquakes.”
The Mexican Grand Prix’s contract with FOM expires in 2019 but if the venue can continue to impress the championship organisers, and continue to maintain home interests on the grid, then it certainly looks primed for a longer stint on the F1 calendar.
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