Mexico hoping for return to calendar

Mexico has joined the list of hopefuls trying to attract Formula One and is reportedly prepared to host a Grand Prix in 2005. The government has given its support to the bid and the resort of Cancun on the southeast coast is the favoured location.

Mexico has joined the list of hopefuls trying to attract Formula One and is reportedly prepared to host a Grand Prix in 2005. The government has given its support to the bid and the resort of Cancun on the southeast coast is the favoured location. Mexico City was formerly the host of the GP, back in the eighties, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Joe Abed, who was race promoter in the eighties, has met with Bernie Ecclestone to discuss options and also with Rodolfo Elizondo, the secretary for tourism. Regional governor Joaquin Hendricks has prepared a presentation for the FIA in regard to Mexico returning to the calendar.

With the future of the Brazilian and Canadian GPs still unresolved, a return to Mexico for F1 could be an attractive prospect. However, the lack of a Mexican driver in the series is causing some doubts as to the popularity of the series.

F1 first went to Mexico in the sixties with local youngster Ricardo Rodriguez attracting attention but the race was absent from the calendar from the early seventies until 1986. The bumpy condition of the track and the troubles of crowds and pollution in the city meant F1 quit Mexico again in 1992.

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