Mexico City’s F1 track escapes damage during huge earthquake

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where the Mexican Grand Prix will take place next month, did not sustain any damage in the massive earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday.

Despite the emergency situation in Mexico City, and several adjacent parts of the country, the authorities of the venue managed to conduct an exhaustive review of the facilities. After this, they concluded there was no structural damage to the circuit or its immediate surroundings.

“There is no damage to the circuit – it was examined completely,” a circuit spokesperson told Motorsport.com. “We released all our personnel from work so they can spend some time with their families, but the moment everybody is back we will continue with the setup of the circuit for the Grand Prix.”

The circuit’s facilities are not being used as shelter for those affected in the earthquake because the city already has a disaster plan in place for such eventualities.

Sadly, 93 people were killed in Mexico City as a result of the earthquake, with 52 people reported pulled alive from the rubble of a total of 38 collapsed buildings.

Seismologists believe that this earthquake, and the one 11 days ago, weren’t necessarily related – although they took place along the same Cocos tectonic plate. Mexico City sits on an ancient lake bed, which can magnify the shaking caused by earthquakes.

The Mexican Grand Prix is set to take place on October 29 as the 18th round of the 2017 season.

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Series Formula 1
Event Mexican GP
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Article type Breaking news